Scipio (632) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky black with a medium, although quickly fading, tan head. Interesting aroma of roasted malts, pine, chocolate, coffee, herbal hops, and even a bit of grapefruit as well. The taste is just as interesting, or maybe different is a better description. Pine is the dominant taste, and there is lots of it. It is mixed with very roasted malts and coffee, with that touch of citrus grapefruit. It is very bitter and has a good hoppy kick that I like. The aftertaste is pine and those herbal hops, while still being very roasted. Medium in body, an oily texture, without any carbonation. This is a very unusual beer. It feels like a big stout, yet the tastes more like a big IPA. Even due to the fact that you don’t find something like this everyday, this one is highly recommendable simply because it is so good.
Minderbinder (1517) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Overall: Nice roast features. Good, but this is not a Black IPA in me books.
czar (3660) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks brah. pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small yet reviving and persistent beige head, nice lacing. fresh roasted cereals, strong fresh coffee - bodum-like, some burnt and lightly smoky notes, dry molasses and maple, bold piney and resinous hops, citrus zest, spices - licorice-oriented. moderate carbonation, medium to full body - heavy for a black ipa even though it clearly wasn’t the intent here, sweetish and assertive bitter coffee-piney finish. enjoyed!
tom10101 (2079) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (22 oz). Thanks to Rich for this one! Black with a medium beige head and good lacing. Aroms is of resinous notes, citrus, roasted malt, liquorice, vanilla and a touch of mint. Taste is better, mostly because there’s less liquorice... slightly sweet with resinous notes, citrus, roasted malt, vanilla and light bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish. More like an hoppy Stout than a Black IPA in my opinion. Good balance. Interesting.
burg326 (3085) - Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark black with aromas of roast, light vanilla, some tea, light citrus and pine as well. Flavors are the same earthy flavors and some roast. Decent black ipa.
camborne (630) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting take on an imperial stout. Along with nice roasted malts the citrus hops make this very complex.
kaser (2002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour from bottle at farmhouse. Tan head. Wheat malty and chocolate flavors. Super rich. Bitter. Cocoa taste. Good
wchesser (987) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 93. Probably 6 months since I bought it. Light swallowing black with persistent ring. Nose is medicinal menthol, eucalyptus, burnt malt, touch of coffee. Pretty thick, ashy char, bitter hops, and minty finish. Complex and unique stout.
jgb9348 (4435) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black coloured body with absolutely no light penetrating the beer at all and a thin, oily deep dark brown head - very nice looking, like an oyster stout almost and closes to an imperial ipa - not a black IPA. Aroma of biting piney and citrusey hops coupled with a ridiculously amount of deeply roasted malt, alcohol, anise and a bit of vanilla. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with anise, oak, vanilla, cherries and bunches of bright hops all come together very nicely with one trying to overtake the others ever single second - but the roasted malt winning out most of the time. Aftertaste is super deep with a lot of complexity, but a big bitterness related to the malt and a little coffee note, all with a light sweetness and some pungent hops - still after a few minutes following a sip. Overall, a great black IPA, with tons of flavour, a great complexity and easily one of the best black IPAs or hoppy [lighter] imperial stouts i’ve ever had. If this was labelled three floyds, it would be even higher rated - but this is the real deal, a great beer that should be sampled if you can find it..and if you can find it, it’s best to buy a few bottles - I wish I would have, but i’ll try to find it again the next time in Chicago! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Binny’s in Chicago (South Loop), Illinois on 21-August-2013 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington in advance of running the 2013 USMC Marine Corps Marathon on 25-October-2013.
jjgmd (1187) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber via Archer Liquors, Chicago, pours a dark black color with a nice java head. Nose is roasted malt with bitter hops, very well balanced. Taste is full of flavor, deep chocolate with a well balanced bittersweetness. Texture is thick and finishes on sweet fruity chocolate notes. Superb ! Quaff Score 9 / 10
zgaier (1152) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head and aroma of hops, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is complex, lots of roasty, chocolate, coffee notes with underlying bitter hoppy notes with bitter and roasty tones coming through in the finish. Great black IPA, roasted malt and hops come together nicely