thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Vintage. Served from tap at the brewery release party into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a massively dark brown almost black with a one and a half finger light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and subtle bitter hops. The flavor was of roasted malt, subtle bitter hop that intensified upon swallowing, and very slight chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nicely balanced Black IPA. With this one being as fresh as possible the hop character is in full bloom right now. The aroma on this one was quite nice and had a good flavor to follow it up. This one is a must try if you are a fan of the style.
hayduke (4485) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 24, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very black with a tan head. Nose of dark burnt malt, chocolate and floral hops. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, burnt malt, coffee, and floral and citrus hops. Finishes with a lot of bitter chocolate. Really good stuff.
BroSpud (2019) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours black with a small amount of light shining through. Extremely easy drinking for such a high abv but overall I found it lacking in character. Itís good but not all that memorable. Expected more.
AWISLguy (2341) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Sendiks in Brookfield. No bottle date. Caramel, black malts, some hoppy presence. Not bad, and it was sitting during a few trips through the store over time. Nice dark malty flavor. 13.7
tsd08460 (711) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: molasses, caramel, earthy,
Appearance: black, clear, tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
DrunkSanta410 (810) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, thanks to someone. Gotta do a better job labeling beers from trades. Thanks anyways whoever! Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma is cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, licorice. More of a stout aroma, not much hop presence. Taste is cocoa, toast, licorice, faint pine and a moderately bitter finish. Pretty good. Heavy body, medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not really a clear "IPA" in my opinion. More of a bitter stout. Bitterness seems to come from cocoa or dark chocolate versus hops. But who knows, Iím not a brewer. Iím just a dickhead on a couch. Literally.
BelgianBeerGal (3708) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Norfolk bottle during the CC course at Langley. Nice dark chestnut color with a brown head. Interesting aroma with some molasses, a hint of hops but also a medicinal kick. Nice flavor that has some chocolate to go with a lingering, hoppy bitterness. Nice.
katrinaez (1155) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2015 Multi dimension beer. Starts with a burst of flavor then slight bitter then eases into a chocolate coffee. Dark coloring. Had on tap.
Doofgoblin (475) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is more like an imperial stout than a dark ipa... Iím not complaining--Itís got a rich roasty aroma. Taste is an entire bar of dark chocolate with hits of citrusy goodness (almost acidic like dark chocolate). Finish is only somewhat bitter...certainly more of a get you on stage item rather than the whole showcase...
Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer. Pours a medium-dark brown with khaki colored head and lacing. Flavors of roasted malt, vanilla, licorice, bittering hops, coffee, booze, sugar.
Maxbier (829) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and orange citrus hop. Very chocolatey roast up front/ start is like a stout. Finish is black ipa; piney floral herbal hop with lingering chocolate. Interesting combo of stout flavors and ipa character. Enjoyable.