FSUScott (112) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice amber color. smoky aroma. off white head. nice tangy hoppy flavor. great soft feel and fairly smooth going down. good beer.
obguthr (4360) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Brewvival: No noticeable aroma. Cloudy brown, medium yellow head, good lacing. Dirty mud and bark flavor, not very hoppy. Rather like a strong black lager. Alcohol unavoidable. Not one of the better "india black ales".
craftbeerdesign (2205) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. pours a brown color with a quarter inch off white head... some dark hops in the nose but no where near what they advertise... generally a standard beer like their others... nothing to get excited about.... average finish with light hop notes....
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Pours a dark orange brown color with small floating particles. Thin head with fair head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, chocolate, caramel and faint roastiness. Taste is bitter resinous hops with nutty roasty notes and a bit of caramel. Smooth, medium bodied and pretty good.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate, and citrus hops. Flavor show many similarities to a hoppy stout. Chocolate, roast, licorice, and citrus. Dry finish
mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is of light smoke with hoppy notes. Slightly floral at the end. Appearance is dark brown, bordering on black. Slight dirty head that dissipates very quickly. It is the first thing that makes you take note that this isnít a stout despite the color. Taste starts out with almost sweet black licorice, and followed by hops. It also has some chocolate and floral notes. Palate has an oily feel, with average carbonation. Overall, this is a superb black IPA and a wonderful example of the style.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: OK, so if they hopped this one 8 times how come it didnít seem hoppy? Donít get me wrong, itís a very tasty, but donít tell us itís hoppy when itís not. Tell us about the malts, since thatís what weíre tasting. Very nice, but not at all like what they are promoting. Coffee flavors were the real star here. Americna hops are more interesting in this style, but this is a unique take on the style. Personally, I would put this in the American strong ale category. Opposite of most beers in that the bitterness grew as it warmed instead of the malt. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Perfectly balance, especially in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark read that looked nearly black in the glass with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished to a point of only tiny spots and a thing ring around the edge that somehow left good lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted malt and mild coffee; lighter dark chocolate; and light to moderate citrus hops. The initial flavor was rather sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was very sweet, better and acidic with a long duration. There was coffee, roasted malt, black cherry, citrus, dark chocolate, piney hops, and resinous hops. It had tons of initial flavor, but it dropped off a little in the finish. The slightly more than medium body was rather syrupy and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly alcoholic and lightly dry finish.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Recommended by Jamie of the Wooden Keg. Pours almost black very dark brown hues with almost no head. Aroma of choc and a blend of hops malts, a little weak though. Not reminiscent of an IPA at all, it has a bitter chocolate flavor, nuts, some maltiness, Full body, soft carbonation, it has a long finish that is actually rather sweet. Gets better as it warms.
ben4321 (4444) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Normís, 1/28/10
Aroma: Nose of chocolate, roasted malts, toast, caramel, pine, citrus, and nuts
Appearance: Dark brown beer with a minimal tan head and spotty lace
Flavor: Taste is roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate mostly, some bitterness
Palate: Medium-full bodied beer with soft carbonation and a bit astringent, booze are well-hidden
This one only has a few ratings thus far, looks like a relatively new offering. I wouldnít describe this as a DIPA/IIPA at all. It kind of has the feel of a porter, it isnít what I would call a hoppy beer. I think I would like this beer more if they hadnít tried to sell it to me as an IPA, so Iím taking off a bit from the overall for that. It doesnít fit the style at all, but it is pretty good.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Dan Journal #323. Tasted 1/18/10. 22oz bomber. Dark with a ruby brown hue. Trace ring of khaki head. Aromas of caramel and cinnamon buns with a backseat of grapefruit. Medium bodied with a cocoa and cola flavor. Dark toasty malts and very dry on the finish. Hops are bitter but with a higher astringency.