kassner (1351) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting dark IPA, not too much aromatic hops but huge on the dry sid, giving it a clear medicinal not. Head and lacing were not all that much, cola colored
bth122 (1267) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at HoTb. Huge chocolate roasted malt aroma. Thick texture. Medium heavy body. Creamy texture also. Pretty solid beer. Bitter finish. This is more of a stout than a black ipa. Id call it a bitter stout.
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BigBeer45 (1252) - Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2014 Bomber Bottle,
this ale had a black brown pour and made a initial two finger tan colored head that receded to a thin cover, it was dark (just a bit of very dark ruby at the very bottom of the glass could be seen when held up to a lamp) and it was hard to see the effervescence in the glass, I did find some trails of fine bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass, this ale left spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, I saw no sediment on the bottom of the bottle,
there were aromas of toasted and roasted malt, coffee and some dry chocolate with grass and citrus hops not in the background but behind the malt,
the flavors were roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with citrus and spice hops behind the malt (same as the aroma), some toasted bread, brown sugar and caramel sweetness,
the finish had a medium hop bitterness (or a bit less) with roasted malt and some chocolate trailing afterward, there was not much hop bitterness after the finish, and there was a little malt astringency in this drink but not enough to bother me or take away from the enjoyment of this beer but added to the bitterness of this beer,
the mouth feel was about medium with some creaminess on the palate with average carbonation,
this was a nice Black IPA, the flavor was bigger than the nose, I thought the alcohol was hidden well and I could see this ale as a sneaker of a drink, this drink is 9.5% alc., is this a Imperial Black IPA or a Black IPA?
RedSox2004 (1252) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured opaque black with a nice one finger tan head and ok lace. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Flavors are similar, with just a touch of baking chocolate bitterness and dark fruit. Medium body and carbonation, slightly thin mouthfeel, and a finish that highlighted by the roasted malts.
jsmerig (1246) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin white head and decent lacing. Aroma of roast coffee. Taste is nicely sweet up front with chocolate notes mid palate followed by a deep dark bitter finish.
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beerbaaron (1245) - Arizona, 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.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, pine and spicy hops. Black hue with an average sized light tan head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is heavy sweet and very heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with an above average carbonation. Overall this is a really good brew that really should be called an Imperial Black IPA. It’s a really big beer with good roasted aromas and and intense hop bitterness. Good.
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a near black color with a thick caramel colored head. Aroma is of malts, molasses, a slight roastiness, oak, vanilla, and wood chips. Flavor is more of a roasted malt stout style of brew that’s been aged in oak barrels. Caramel, vanilla, and chocolate are also present. Leaves an oaked malt finish. No hops present which is usually a must for IPA’s, but it doesn’t matter here, this is an all around great brew.
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What i am looking for in a black ipa is the balance between the hops and the roasted malt flavor. If this was a blind taste test, i would have called this a porter, no way would this be a black ipa. due to the style being so new, there are a lot of brewers right now coming out with black ipa’s that just arent. the roasted malts completely dominate this one with the ipas taking a backseat. great color, palate is fine, aroma is of a porter. so so in my book
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz blue wax-dipped bomber from CBX. pours a deep, chestnut brown with a thin, bubbly light tan head and solid lacing. aroma is very nice with mildly sweet, nutty, dark malts and lovely citrus hop note of pink grapefruit and orange along with sweet florals, canned pineapple, and earthy pine that really pop when the glass is swirled. flavor is quite tasty and certainly unique with big, resinous pine hop notes and a touch of citrus initially with nutty, toasted malts, toffee, and cocoa on the back end leading to a bittersweet finish with a touch of roast coffee. palate is medium bodied with mild carbonation and maybe a touch thin for a dipa. overall, and very solid, unique, brew.