jsmerig (1461) - 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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bth122 (1451) - 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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jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown, fluffy tan head, very rocky, excellent lacing... Aroma of chocolate, roast, citrus, lots of cereal grains, creamy... Very roasty, citrusy, creamy body.... lively dry medium body, alcohol is masterfully hidden, didnt realize it was 9.5% til nearly done the beer... very fine example...
BigBeer45 (1402) - 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?
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a medium-sized tan head that left some nice lacing. Aroma is lots of roasted malt and chocolate with few hops in evidence. They come out more in the flavor -- grassy, a little resinous -- but this is still a very mild IPA. Really more of a less complex imperial stout, perhaps? Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the finish is a bit astringent. Tasty and drinkable despite the ABV.
AndyW68 (1370) - 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.
halfonit (1306) - 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.
ryanscourt (1271) - 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.
hfmejias (1245) - Marshall, Minnesota, 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.
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, 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