TeksMeks (5) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Slight caramel aroma, appears flavorfull but doesn’t come through. Nothing really stands out as far as taste. They missed on this one.
Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Orange-amber pour with an off-white head. The aroma has some sugar, grass and toffee notes. The flavor is a mix of pine, toffee and tea. There is also a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
strongpieman (1362) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown, clear, tall tan head. Caramel malt aroma with hoppiness blended in. I would call this a hoppy brown ale, but whatever you call, it is a good beer!
jeffs515 (123) - Ogden, Utah, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is smokey sweet Carmel with hints of grassy citrus hops. Appearance is dark brown foggy with tan head the diminishes fast but leaves a nice lacing. Mild carbanation. Hoppy right off but gets very malty going down smokey with a coffee flavor. Leaves pallet a little sticky. Overall, good beer.
geologyguy (553) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
expired from bi-lo.....huge head that dissipates annoyingly slowly....don’t usually like IPAs but this is pretty good...not too bitter...(maybe cause expired)...slight smokey taste...quite malty...wish there was more flavor than the smoke and malt though
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge, pillowy light tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy: grapefruit, pineapple, pine, some earthy notes. Some chocolate and caramel in there too. Flavor is aggressively hoppy (grapefruit and pine in particular) but only moderately bitter. Fairly malty, some chocolate in there. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Somewhere between a black IPA and a hoppy porter -- neither style I particularly care for. Oh well.
seymour (1307) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz brown bottle fro Cost Plus World Market, into a shaker glass. It poured a near opaque black colour with HUGE beige foam, too much really, everlasting with lace. Strong hoppy aromas: floral, citrusy, fruity, pine resin, black currant. Strong grapefruity American hops flavor, but a firm grainbill as well: bready, slightly toasty, but much less roasty than you’d expect based on the colour. Definitely a bitter IPA, but balanced. Light-medium body, strong carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a nice fruity, bittersweet aftertaste. A nice example of the Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale style.
nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle consumed a month and a half after the enjoy by date. Oops. Opaque brown-black body, thin off-white head laces the glass a little. Not much of an aroma, sweet brown malt, some earthy hops. Kind of comes across more as a India Brown Ale on the darker side, not really comparable to most Black IPAs. Sort of like a decently hopped, oily porter. Malty, sandy brown malt tones. OK, maybe.
gregwilsonstl (920) - Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of tan head. Dark black. Pretty hoppy. Grapefruit. Medium body. Good all all around black ipa.
kaser (2021) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on draft at Pyramid Brewery by Safeco field. Top notch black IPA. Hoppy malty and chocolate notes. Love it
lamas (1308) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Enjoy by: 06/15/13. A deep ruby pour with a smallish khaki head. Caramel malts, a rich breadiness, chocolate, grapefruits, citrus rinds, and hints of pine make up the aroma. Goes down relatively thin to medium-bodied. Caramel maltiness, light chocolate, and a rich breadiness start things off taste-wise. An earthy graininess is present. Roasted coffee and plenty of bitter grapefruits at the end. A drying finish that lingers. Forgettable.