Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Haven’t had too many black IPAs so this is difficult to rate. I find the mixture of a stout and IPA to be very enticing. As an IPA, however, I believe the hop bitterness needs to be more prominent than they are in this brew. Outside of being somewhat malt-centric, this is a very nice and enjoyable beer if you forget about it as an IPA.
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Santa. Little older than I like my hoppy beers but it held up decent t. Pours out black with a small tan head. Aroma is of roast, chocolate, sweet syrup, bitter citrus and grassy hops, light soy sauce. Taste is solid, muted citrus and grassy hops, chocolate, toasted malt, roast, a decent bite of bitterness still.
Ratman197 (13444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromad of roasted malt, earthiness, grapefruit zest and light pine. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, earthiness, cocoa, light pine and a hint of grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering roasty finish.
llcooldave (1189) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a respectable black with a touch of ruby in it. Aroma is amazing... dark chocolate, some espresso and a touch of smoke rounds out the awesome nose. Somewhere though, there is a bit of sweet citrus playing in the nose. Clean flavor of citrus and pine followed by dark roasted malt and smokey cocoa. Overall, this was really pleasurable to drink.
Theydon_Bois (17267) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split with Bobby at Weinhaus, Ashville, 17/02/15.
Extremely dark mahogany brown with a big old light tan covering.
Nose is pine, roast malt, spice, light tropical fruit notes.
Taste comprises pine needle, light charr, biscuit, spice, grapefruit, earthy hops.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Black with small head. Malty with strong grapefruit hops. Solid black ipa with good flavor.
ben4321 (5786) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: Draft at Amos Howard, 1/4/15
Aroma: It has a light roasted malt and light hop aroma, feels a hint dull, but not bad.
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a creamy head on top.
Flavor: It has a clean, balanced flavor, with a light roast, and a light bitterness as well.
Palate: This one feels a touch thin, pretty easy drinking, with a light dry finish.
This is an alright Black IPA, not a favorite of mine, but something I didn’t dislike either.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted malts and resinous hops combine in this balanced Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the mahogany-hued brown.
-Earthy angles appear from the malt-hop combination.
-Drinkability is rather high.
-The flavor profile is not intense for the style, which I appreciate.
On tap at the Olde Hickory Station.
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown ipa with a thin mocha head. In aroma, bitter chocolate malt with herbaceous character, floral hops, resinous, strange. In mouth, a nice bitter chocolate with good floral hops, resinous, grapefruit pulp, nice and smooth. On tap at Olde Hickory Station.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Black pour with a khaki head. Grassy and piney hop aromas abound. Flavor is bone dry overly hopped stout. Take this review with a grain of salt I don’t care for black ipas. This just comes across as an unbalanced stout to me.
woodychevy (848) - - MAY 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bomber. Pours black and opaque with a decent sized khaki head. Nice roasted malt aroma- smoky, chocolate, earth, coffee. Taste is the same and it drinks like it means it. Mouthfeel is pretty slick and full- almost drinks more like a stout but tons of hops pretty much negate that feeling quickly. Nice bitterness to it. Like a happy marriage of stouts and IPA’s. Easy to sip on- could be a summer or winter beer. Clever.