icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rich aroma of vanilla, licorice, smoke, and caramel. Full mouthfeel, with dark fruit flavors and a bitter finish.
Thisis12ptfont (824) - 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.
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.
ryanscourt (698) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasty, some chocolate, slightly spicy finish. Lot of flavor flavor. Nice body. Alcohol well hidden.
ddemmingjr (690) - 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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hfmejias (671) - 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.
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.
Malty_MacHops (640) - 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.
Chuckaduck (628) - 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.