CharmCityCrab (202) - 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.
dagimp (796) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 12-10-14 so it was about six weeks old. Pours jet black with LOTS of frothy light brown head. Not much aroma. Mouthfeel is very light. SUPER roasty taste! I like it. Hops are subdued, old or just overshadowed by the roast, because I didnít taste much of any. Easy drinkable and seemed like it should have had less alcohol. Pretty decent. Iíd try another single if I could get it fresher... but otherwise, just OK.
chicowv (472) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: pours dark almost black with a light tan head. Aroma of citrus hops and roasted malts. Flavors dominated by the roasted malt but citrus and resin hops provide a nice balance. Mostly an ipa feel but solid malt counter. Great example of the black ipa style.
TomDecapolis (4605) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown, almost black with a medium creamy lacing head. Aroma of orange zest, chocolate and caramel. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, aggressive bitterness, dry with light roasted character.
X (81) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I find that I prefer to drink this straight out of the bottle as opposed to drink it out of the glass. When I drink it out of the bottle it doesnít taste like a black ale, not that I know what black tastes like. You canít really taste a color, right? Or can you? Iím so confused.
Voodoo (415) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque with a head which required a 5 minute rest to finish the pour.......aroma of roasted grains, slight bit of coffee......taste is coffee grounds, overly bitter in the middle and smokey coffee grounds in the end. Not overly thrilled but Iíve tasted worsee.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a huge kahki head that has great retention and ample sticky lacing. The aroma is subdued with roasted barley, cocoa and some piney hops. The taste is really quite well balanced with cocoa, blackened toast, roasted grains and hops that both citrusy and piney. The palate is medium and smooth with soft carbonation. Finished long and dry. Overall Very tasty.
migwell (92) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Guess Iím particular, but bought the í4-Way IPAí box anyhow. Familiar with the Rye and the Torpedo, but blindsided by this supposed IPA. Yesterdayís coffee grounds thrown into a glass of porter. Yuck. In no way does this qualify as an IPA, very disappointing.
Block (1650) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and roasted. Smooth, sweet, caramel, dark chocolate. The body is smooth and the finish is slightly burnt. A lingering roasted flavor.
TheSilentSaint (98) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste - bitter
Appearance - almost black coffee
Head: thin with strong laces..
Taste - bitter hops, coffee, but smooth!!
Best coffee hop I have tasted till date.. I'm otherwise not a big fan of coffee flavors!! :)
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