TripCampbell (13) - USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle. Great on a crisp evening. Hippy. Surprisingly light. Good value beer, typical of sierra Nevada
tompete (255) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a dark tan head. Great resiny hop aroma, hard to find the malt there. Flavour is very dark malts, maybe even some grain astringency, but the hops, I think almost lend a sweetness to balance that. If that's even possible. Smooth finish with bitterness.
Davros (2460) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a large, lasting off-white head.
Nose shows soft clean roast, piny hops, liquorice and spicy notes.
Roasty flavours with a fair bit of supporting piny, spicy and grapefruit hop notes. Actually quite drinkable with a little sweet malt underneath.
Carbonation is just a little high.
smaynard6000 (836) - Apopka, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours black with a small creamy tan-colored head. Roasty malt aroma alongside some citrusy hop aroma. Roasty sweetness upfront in the flavor followed by hoppy bitterness in the finish. This might be the most balanced black IPA I have tried so far. Light-to-medium bodied. Better than expected.
Panzuriel (1556) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blindfold black IPA is a dark black brown beer with a thin head of off white bubbles. Nose is slightly of floral and evergreen hops. Taste is sharp on the tongue at first. malt and hops resolve nicely as on the finish into a very balance dark IPA. Body is very lively from the beginning all the way through.
Koskela (409) - Marysville, California, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Floral aroma from the hops and a coffee aroma come from this very dark brew with a creme colored head. A choc coffee taste with a slight sharp bitterness and an aftertaste where the choc fades and the bitterness grows stronger in this medium bodied brew. As a black ipa i believe it to be sweeter than most and not as bitter. Not a bad brew but not a favorite.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours from 12 oz bottle a deep black with dark tan edges and a nice off white head, with decent lacing. Flavour is roast, roasted nuts, chocolate, molasses, light char, a little booziness, floral, citrus and pine hops. Overall decent black IPA.
pabloscafe (39) - - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A really lovelly beer this. Like a strong porter with a querky character. Not too sweet, nice hop and malt balance, without the coffee of a porter style but heading in that direction. Lovelly.
slowrunner77 (7858) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as deep as expected...a little more for the masses if you will. They’ve made a great black ipa before so this pretty good one was a little bit of a letdown. Really little of the chocolate & coffee versus orange peel and citrusy hops that I love. Light porter type roast with lighter than expected aroma and flavor hops with some dry bitterness at the end
tillmac62 (511) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOD 109/14. As advertised, this one pours just like a stout - almost black with a massive head. Lacing and retention are excellent. The nose is more IPA like, pine and floral hops over a light chocolate with roast notes. Medium body with a slick texture that is almost creamy. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The unique flavor profile is quite nice, balanced and complex. It begins with citrus hop, then flows to pine over a light chocolate sweetness. Bitterness follows that is citric rind in nature over a very light smoke from the roast - very well balanced so each component is evident, but not over powering. The smooth finish leaves you with a lingering citric bitterness with a chocolate note. An Outstanding example of the style.