arone12 (924) - 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 (916) - 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.
Nero55 (865) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a very thin tan/orange head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and a hint of mint. Medium body, roasted malt, hint of burnt malt astringency, moderate hop bitterness, slight alcohol warmth, and a astringent bitter finish.
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.
ddemmingjr (784) - 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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bookman10 (744) - 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.
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. It’s 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.
bigguns22 (728) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best black ipa’s around. Black in color large tan head. Tons of hops and malt hit your nose then your tongue and stays on plate.
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.
Maxbier (704) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and orange citrus hop. Very chocolatey roast up front/ start is like a stout. Finish is black ipa; piney floral herbal hop with lingering chocolate. Interesting combo of stout flavors and ipa character. Enjoyable.