DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared by friends. A big roasty black brew with a big brown head that looks like many imperial stouts. The flavors struck me as more stout-like than IPA-like with chocolate malt and some dark roast coffee. Itís less thick than most stouts, and finishes with a good amount of peppery hops. Nice black IPA that leans more towards the "black" than the IPA.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Highly drinkable for a beer of this strength. On the malty side with a little bit of roasted bitterness in the finish. Lightly sweet at first. Medium bodied. Hoppier than a porter or stout, but not to the level of an IPA.
Thisis12ptfont (708) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong earthy aromas with subtle vanilla and oat notes. Completely solid black with no foam at all. Mellow bitterness from the hops accompanied by a subtle chocolate roast malt flavor. Some toffee and metallic notes on the finish. Overall, I am actually a little disappointed. I was expecting much more to it. Itís very basic and mellow. Iíd give this beer a C rating.
beerbaaron (677) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Medium creamy light brown head, lots of lace. Aroma is coffee, roasty, chocolate, piney subtle fruity hops. Medium body and medium bitter and dry finish. Oilyish creamyish. Flavor is sweet, balanced piney subtle fruity hops, roasted malt, chocolate. Quite nice. Alcohol content well hidden.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blue dripped bomber, steeze pure SC steeze. Dark and well balanced... sooo not an Impy, more like an American Strong but thatís fuckall itís very well done. Dark citrus. + points for locality.
ddemmingjr (638) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours opaque cola brown, soft tan head that faintly recedes. Nose of dark fruits, dank, resinous hops, earthy caramel malts, roasted malts. On the palate, chocolate notes, resin hop bitterness and some spiciness with hints of espresso. Well balanced with roasted and caramel malts and then resin hop dankness and long bitterness on the finish. This grew on me.
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Malty_MacHops (630) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is mostly coffee with some floral notes. The beer pours a opaque black with a thick tan head. The taste is of strong bitter coffee with some light floral hops. Clean and good. A delicious take on a beer that is mostly stout with a strong hop bitterness.
Scubatrip (591) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle, pours very dark brown with a thick tan foamy head. Aroma is rich, light coffee, brown sugar, slight alcohol. Taste is thick and a little bitter, a drying alcohol finish. Flavors of espresso, bitter hops, roasted malt, molasses. Pretty solid beer.
Chuckaduck (577) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/1/2013. So glad to have found this. Black IPA seems misleading though. Somewhere between a Black IPA, a Stout and a Porter. Pours translucent black (deep red really) with a thick brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Taste is similar and more; coffee, creamy, chocolate, smoke, bitter, dark chocolate; huge and long coffee finish. Some nice lacing. Mouth feel is chewy but also thin somehow. Misleading in style, but stand-out in all other areas.
bookman10 (536) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown, almost (not quite) black, with average head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice. Flavor is a very strong roasted-malt (almost like a burnt toast), with some coffee and chocolate, etc., but with the addition of a fairly strong, underlying hop bitterness. This is a very interesting beer.