Cakes (376) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle.
Wow, one of the very best Black IPAs out there.
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, citrus, evergreen, slight dark malt, and fresh hops. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of dark malt, pine, hops, slight citrus, and slight roasting. Medium body. . Average to slightly lively carbonation. Roasted dark malt, hops, pine finish is slightly sweet and medium bitter. I could see where this might be called "Award winning" is some contest, somewhere.
One of my "Notable Beers of 2012".
grundsow (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black IPA’s rock! It’s the best of both worlds – roasted flavors & hops. Delightfully bitter hops up front, backed with bitter roasted malt. Smooth, rich, tons of flavor all around, and even manageable alcohol to boot. A pert near perfect beer.
pottygok (486) - Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Toasted malt aromas with hints of floral hops. Appearance: Black with tan head. Taste: Light sweetness balanced by a light bitterness. Palate: Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, sweet finish. Overall: Nice flavors and good balance, but not mind blowing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BeerdedDave (502) - - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black color; citrusy hops and roasted malt aroma; a bitter, hoppy beer; citrusy hops on a dark, roasted malt base
rjplumer (440) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Citrus caramel roast hop nose. Black bod with a caramel tinge around the edges. Crisp roasted caramel taste with a sweet malt background. Has an apple-like crispness. Leaves a refreshed sweet taste with a hint of smokiness.
60minuteman (830) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, maybe some citrus. Probably orange peel. Flavor is big in the porter character due to the cocoa and malt. Finishes lighter and more carbonated. Roast all the way through.
ScipioA (323) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Inky black pour without any real head on it. Aroma is mainly malt and coffee with a little bit of pine from the hops. The flavor is surprisingly sweet with plenty of coffee, a little licorice and some citrus hop joining the pine. Fairly bitter lingering into the aftertaste. Thick and incredibly smooth, great aftertaste. On the plus it’s a more reasonable abv than a lot of other black IPAs, it’s a style that tends to get boosted up too high.
downender (6445) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bo Brooks’ Lighthouse Liquors, Baltimore. Near black, with a frothy, off-white, head. Big, plain chocolate character, some toasted malts and plenty of hops in the finish. Good.
Jay_Dubbz (88) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2014
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Poured from 12oz bottle. Unremarkable take on this trendy style. Very middle of the road without and pop in either side of the fence here. Decent roastiness with a lacking hop bite for an ipa.
--you've been Dubbed.
guzzler67 (1520) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This black beer came with a large tan head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee, some sweetness and modest hoppiness. Flavors were more balanced as the earthiness of the malts worked well with the floral, herbal hops. Aftertaste was dry and moderately bitter. Medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation and a lingering finish.
DomD (88) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2014 Poured from bottle. Aroma of coffee. Almost completely black, with minimal head. Mild taste. Full bodied, creamy texture. Overall a really great brew. I was tasting other IPA’s while drinking this so it tasted very much like a stout to me. I would be curious to try this with other stouts to make that comparison.
Had edit my rating, because I was using my phone and it got posted before I was finished.