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.
Ferris (2026) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft - Grapefruit hops with no roast. Jet black with a rich beige head. Big overpowering bitterness, grapefruit and roast. Much too bitter.
Strykzone (4478) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flight at Sunny Point. Black with red. A blotchy beige head. I smell earth with rich malts andspicy hops. Oniony hops, dammit. I don’t like oniony hops. I am pretty much gone after noting the hops. My loss.
deyholla (5974) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a near clear dark brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of earthy grass and dark grains as well as a pine bitterness. Flavor has more pine and resin with a creamy dark grain backing.
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/27/13. Enjoyed on tap while walking around the Downtown Market. Almost black pour, nice khaki head. Nice aroma, some ash, coffee, and chocolate with a small dose of citrus hoppiness. Nicer flavor, good balance of dark, roasted malts and citrus hop burst. Tasty!
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. From notes, July 26, 2012.
A: Rich roasted malts and some hoppy goodness. Roast, dark chocolate, nice piney and citrus hops, and maybe some coffee in the background.
A: Poured a pitch black with a massive two-finger head that was fairly light in color.
T: Dark roasted malt and pine and citrus zest hops up front. The aftertaste brings about cocoa and coffee ground flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness in the middle before the cocoa and coffee flavors kick in that slowly fades after each sip.
P: Medium carbonation, dry finish, active carbonation.
O: A decent but largely unexciting Black IPA. Maybe a little astringent, but a really good mix of a bitter ipa and a slightly roasted stout.
arventresca (538) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Duckworths. Black in appearance. Creamy offering. A perfect balance of the styles.
hman43 (224) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It is a blend of chocolate, citrus, raisins, and grapefruit in the aroma. It is black with a medium brown head. It has a strong coffee flavor with medium bitterness. There is also grapefruit with other citrus flavors. There is also a hint of raisins.
574deadzone (889) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a rocky khaki head that descends to a ring and leaves some stringy lace. Nose involves fresh evergreen and mint hop notes along with roast coffee and some cream. Fairly sweet and fairly bitter. Medium bodied, oily, with a toasty and hoppy bitter finish. A nice black IPA, definitely roast forward but not too much so, with a nice complimentary hop profile.
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, thanks to DanielCoor. Bottle says best before 8/13. Shared with friends. Pretty much almost black color. Brown on the edges. Interesting nose. Kind of smokey, burnt sugars. Little dark chocolate. Light to moderate roast. Lightly citrusy, spicy hop, a good amount, contributes a nice bitter taste. Minimal sweet. Bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Enjoyable, smooth, easy drinking black IPA.
DiarmaidBHK (3165) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Growlers Pourhouse. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. Slight pine note on the nose. A lot more pine sol on the tongue. Has a drying effect on the tongue with the finish. Solid!