durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from this surprisingly great 12-pack. Pours brown-black with a tan head; great retention and lacing. Nose of roasty grain and faint Belgian yeast. Some cocoa. Earthy. Some bright hops trying to push through. Sort of spicy smelling. Taste has some rye-like spice to me and bitterness from the hops. Some bright lemony action against the cocoa. More Belgian yeast. Odd take on a black IPA, in a good way.
arminjewell (8474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Black Bottle, dark brownish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of pine, anise, dark fruit, cocoa powder into a bit of roasted malt, some ash with a hint of orange fruit. Taste was a mix of orange, pine, and herbal hops into roast, anise, dark chocolate and coffee notes, finishing bitter. Pretty decent.
nihtila (1468) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
29.7.2014. Beer camp #94 2013. Black beer, brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice, coffee, hoppy aromas. Taste is malty, roasty, citrus hops, chocolate.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 [6101-20131214] Tap. Roasted mashed grains aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Bitter roasted grains and milky wood flavour. Medium-full body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
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Darkmagus82 (1954) - - SEP 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-24-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance –The beer pours a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a huge billowy brownish colored head. The head fades quite slowly, leaving a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell –The aroma is of darker roasted malts and chocolate mixed with a Belgian yeasty smell with lots of spice. Along with these smells there are some grassy hop and herbal smells as well as some earthy notes.
Taste – The taste begins nice and roasty with a nice roasted malt and lighter sweeter chocolate flavor. With these flavors, there is a lighter Belgian yeast and spice flavor of clove and coriander which grow a bit stronger as the flavor advances more toward the middle of the taste. A bit of banana and some pine join the taste more toward the middle, with the pine growing stronger as the flavor advances. Toward the end the chocolate increases a bit and is joined by a rather stronger coffee taste as well as some herbal and earthy hop that in the end create a nice blend of roast and bitter leaving a very satisfying roasted, kinda sweet, but nicely bittered taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The creamier body and lower carbonation combo are quite nice for the roasted malt and chocolate flavors of the brew as well the blend of hop flavors that are present in the beer.
Overall – While not a hop powerhouse, it has a wonderful roasted flavor as well as enough hop to keep it an IPA all while having a good sweetness to balance everything out.
slowrunner77 (6722) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Can’t tell this was so strong. Solid entry, good deal, couldn’t really tell it was Belgian though. Maybe a touch dry in the end but the flavor (while good) was muddled enough that any Belgian yeast was indistinct. Just ended up a black ipa that tasted like it used spicy hop varieties with a good dose of dark malt. Poured near black with big khaki head. I liked the old India ink better than this, but this was good."
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black colored pour with a tan head. Lively carbonation; malty, chocolate roasted flavors with of course, hops. Bitter, thick, and a sipper of an IPA. Not really my favorite style, but it works.
jimbad6 (23) - IRELAND - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
350ml bottle. Strong aroma, hops, roast malt, coffee, some citrus. Taste is the same. Medium carbonation .Bordering on stout?
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now this is a black IPA. It could easily pass for a stout in appearance, and it produces a truly beautiful fluffy, light brown head and there’s just enough stickiness to form some really thick, sexy lacing in places. The nose offers some roasted malts up front, which quickly balances out with some sweet, caramel/toffee sweetness. Something else, an alcoholic, fermented fruitiness deep in the aroma reminds me of a Tempranillo.
The flavor is phenomenal for a black IPA. This is easily my favorite of the style, even if it leans Belgian. I often feel like I’m in search of the perfect black IPA, and sometimes, even often, remark at how a black IPA is really good - but this one has to top the bill.
Some cocoa-like roasted malts form the base of the malt flavor, with a very distinctive herbal, citrusy lemon hop presence blending extremely well with the malts mid-palate. Sorachi Ace hops seem to really be amped up in this beer, but the complimenting heft and flavor of the malts really make this beer work. It’s truly impressive. Finally a dry, toasted/heavily roasted malt flavor, sans burnt bitterness, finishes out the flavor.
pdx77 (1468) - Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Roscoe’s for Sierra Nevada Summit/Tap Takeover. Deep chocolatey black with dark tan head. Aroma is very dark roasted malt, coffee, and citrus. Taste is chocolate, roasted peanut, lightly smoked dark malt, yeast, and some fruity light citrus notes. Very chocolatey and fruity in the finish.
ansalon (1763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a low tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, honey, brown sugar, citrus, tropical fruit, slight acidity. Taste is chocolate, citrus, brown sugar, slight funk, dark red berries. Mouthfeel is quite dry with low carbonation.