matthewjk (977) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another hybrid via Sierra Nevada. Nothing wrong here, just nothing that make me too happy. Very assertive hops, with an odd medicinal note. These black IPAs donít always work. This one is okay.
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown-black body, medium sized off-white/light tan head, dense lacing. Light roasted malts, a touch of coffee, earthy and piney hops as well as a touch of a citrus. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, assertive bitterness, dry throughout, clean finish.
bkurtz (1006) - PERU - FEB 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours a clear, dark brown with a big, creamy, off-white head. Citrus aromas with some roasted malts. Nice toffee and coffee flavors with some citrus notes, finishing with some bitterness. Good combination of flavors that I like.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, hops. Taste is roasted malt and piney hops. Well combined. An enjoyable drink. Nice lacing.
Fantomasus (283) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 FL. OZ. Bottle. My heels are sore. Painful and aching. My spine hurts. Iím lightheaded. Thatís death sinking in. At some point everything starts dying. The point of no return. When the new growth stops and everything starts winding down. The inevitable cold dark stop awaits us all.
trichoeg85 (34) - Sumrall, Mississippi, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle to sniffer. Nice light tan head about 2 fingers thick, extensive lacing. Dark roasted coffee aroma. Nice malty sweetness with mocha and dark chocolate. Bitterness of the hops is present but with minimal flavors. Nice dark deep brown near black color. Best of both worlds with the richness of a porter/stout and the bite of an IPA.
bennetporter (354) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a khaki head from a bottle. Aroma is a coffee, piney blend, flavor too. A little weird. Not sure I liked it, I guess it was okay.
DCLawyer (1864) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to SA. Deep brown with frothy lite tan head. A: faint floral hops, roasted malt. T: roasted malt, bitter hops, burnt cocoa. Meh.
scooterbub (920) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark black with a slight red hue and a one inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of smoke, roasted malt, caramel, hops, citrus, resin an pine. Similar aroma. Has a full body with a fruity, dry finish. Easy to drink and rather enjoyable.
CharmCityCrab (208) - Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím hard to please when it comes to black IPAs. Brewers always seem to either put out what amounts to a slightly hoppier than usual stout, or a slightly maltier than usual IPA. Some brewers somehow manage to produce something that seems to have the best qualities of neither.</br>
Sierra Nevada put out an excellent beer with this one, though. You immediately smell this warm rich hop cookie coffee aroma, and the taste profile is extremely rich and complex, with strong elements of very dark roasted coffee and an IPA with a hop profile that can stand up to that. Itís great for a cold windy winter night, and it a beer you canít sip doing something else and ignore- you will pay attempt to this, because the taste is that strong. </br>
Some folks on this site are used to beers that cost a lot more and so it may not stand out to them, but I canít tell you that at a Sierra Nevada or a Sam Adams level price (Which is basically where I max at), this is the best Black IPA Iíve ever had. If youíre cheap like me, you owe it to yourself to try this. Hell, even if youíre not cheap and just want to save your beer money for something else temporarily. Itís a good brew.