574deadzone (1208) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to a good buddy for scoring this for me. Pours completely black with a slowly forming toffee-mocha head that settles slowly leaving some soapy lace behind. Nose of deep dark chocolate, pine forest, resin, tropical fruit, very light roasted malt notes, maybe some molasses. Taste is initially pretty sweet but then quite bitter. Heavier bodied, full, slick, oily, viscous, creamy, bright with hoppiness, softer on the carb, with a very long hoppy and chocolaty bitter finish. This, to me, is the perfect Black IPA. The hops and malts mesh perfectly, and I love the combination of the dark chocolate flavors with the hoppy bitterness. Amazing.
DrSilverworm (8546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, huge thanks to umich03jm for hooking me up with my favorite style from one of my favorite breweries. Black, though not totally opaque color. Thin brown head, leaves good lace. Nose of earthy hops, roasted malts, and hints of chocolate. Nice coffee flavor up front, with big earthy hop character. Light spicy hop. Bitter taste, light hop burn in the finish, even. Wow. Great long hoppy earthy roasty aftertaste. Hint of grapefruit or some kind of fruity hop in here. Awesome amount of coffee, and bitter dark chocolate, and also an awesome amount of earthy piney citrusy spicy hop (in that order). Bigger body. Lighter, smooth carbonation, dry finish. Super-long roasty / hoppy aftertaste that Iím blessed with savoring. Big bitter taste, light spicy from the hops, minimal if any sweetness. Alcohol is not noticeable at all amidst the intense flavor. And yet despite that intensity, this is also intensely drinkable. Itís ... dangerously tasty. The lingering aftertaste keeps me reaching for it, a continual reminder of how good it is. This beer, I love it. It makes me happy. Itís exactly what Iím looking for in a black IPA. Best one Iíve had since Wookey Jack. Wow
Jordtbrooks (2) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pleasant aroma. Poorís dark with a thin head. Hops are present but not overwhelming. Iím not a huge black IPA fan but I place this at or near the top in that category.
chucklemation (792) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown with a tan foam head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is roast, hops, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet roast, fruit, and some bitterness. Goes down smooth. Fantastic.
umich03jm (2764) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 Bottle snagged from the brewery. Pours a near pitch black color with a small frothy head that lingers a bit. Very nice aroma of light roasted coffee, dark chocolate, pine, and flowers. Taste is a great balance of the aromas. Coffee, bitter dark chocolate and pine all present throughout. Finish is smooth, creamy, and bitter. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Really nice black DIPA. Re-rate 3/14/13 - Had this a few more times and like it even better. This has to be the best Black IPA Iíve had. All the flavors just blend together nicely, nothing dominates here. Itís really a thick stout with a focus on fresh hops. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and oily too. Great stuff, I shouldíve bought a case of this.
rforhan127 (2) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This is just a great beer, a lot of hops in the aroma, flavor is very balanced between hops and malt. I may be a little biased because I love black ipaís but Shortís really did a great job on this one. One of the best beers Iíve had in awhile, very drinkable
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. Canít remember the smell.
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours thick and black w/ tan head. Taste of bitter coffee, sweet chocoalte, fresh hops, bitter aftertaste. Tasty brew.
mallons72 (184) - livonia, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding beer. Perfect palate on this ipa. Hops and roast come through well. Finish is a bit high on the alcohol. Great overall.
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. poured black wit a tan head very little lacing. aroma chocolate, caramel, citrus, ,floral, grassy. flavor hops, bitter sweet chocolate, hints of coffee, grapefruit, nice bitterness. good beer