auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Caramelized molasses, a bit of good earthy compost tea, and tangerine. Interesting, this starts out with all the hallmarks of a Black IPA, the sinamar cocoa powder and cola, the light brisk freshness of hops, but then, the hops never really materialize. I would call this a low to moderately hopped beer. For a Black IPA, this is a pretty good American Baltic Porter, without as much caramel malt depth as it should have. Very warming. It’s a little confused and really needs to turn the hops up if its going to call itself a Double Black IPA.
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice black IPA from Shorts. Nose is sharp, bitter with plenty of roast. Just like it should be. Zesty flavor with plenty of roast and mild chocolate notes. Nice bitterness with good citrus and a nice balance. Well done!
Reynolds314 (3269) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty nice black IPA. Piney and citrusy hops and a roasty chocolate flavor almost reminiscent of a very hoppy porter. Not overly bitter but definitely present.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Black with beige head. Dark, creamy, rich. Body gives way to a heavy grain and roasted malt profile. Some piney and grassy hops come through delicately on the finish. Fantastic mouthfeel for a truly bold beer. Nicely done!
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good roasty big hoppy bipa. Really roasty which I like, thanks mike m!!!! You da man
rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. i’ve had plenty of black ipas, but this is different. this is a hoppy stout. thick black stout. huge hops struggle to make it through, but in the end succeed. very nice.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Taps 25, Lansing. Deep garnet body, thick puffy light brown head. Nose of chocolate and pine, tannic and leafy. Sharp woody, piny body, pillowy and sweet with chocolate, charred sugars, and sticky gum-like candy. A black IPA on steroids, but the alcohol is not especially prominent.
wchesser (1860) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extra from flandersned! Thanks, Steve. Nice roast and hop nose. Hop attack then bitter roast and chocolate then nice hoppy finish. Great black IPA.
BodaciousB (2) - - MAR 8, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An amazing beer. Just a huge mouthfull. Not much hops, but a little at the end give it a very nice finishing touch. Can’t remember the smell.
Houle (11) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
black barley wine, smooth hop flavors moonlighting as a stout.
A black barley wine, well hopped and full bodied with prominent flavors of roasted malt and chocolate.