BigBeer45 (1297) - 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?
halfonit (1203) - 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.
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.
beerfest5 (1199) - 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
AndyW68 (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pure black pour with tan head. Aroma is roast malt and hops. Taste does not come up to the standard the aroma set. Bitter and sweet. Chemical bite ruins it for me. It is good, but could have been great.
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.
Thisis12ptfont (934) - 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. It’s very basic and mellow. I’d give this beer a C rating.
arone12 (922) - Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a thick black color with a very thin brown head. Kind of syrupy with little carbonation. Weird for a black IPA. Pours more like a stout. Smells pretty chocolately. Taste is a little bitter with some coffee but lots of chocolate. Pretty tasty. Not as bitter as some black IPAs that i have. I like the change of pace.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pretty interesting brew. def bitter, but well balanced by the honey with a nice sweet back palate and finish. nice full body, the honey really comes out in the back part of the palate in all ways. pretty nicely done beer. im getting hints of porters, imperial red ales, old ales, nice variety of things going on here. i was wondering why a waxed ipa, but this may be a bit nicer and more complex when the hop bitterness thats masking it in the front and mid palate begins to disappear a bit. the honey really comes through for me in this brew in such a great way, i keep getting hints of wilf flower honey thoughout. would love another bottle of this to sit on and really see the malt profile shine in a year or so.
hfmejias (905) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is not too strong and is mostly roasted coffee, maybe some chocolate and some citrus/piney hops. Smokey taste, malty sweet well balanced with hops (very good tasting beer). The ABV is noticeable but well hidden and not overpowering. Overall a very good beer.