MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber, served in a snifter. This poured a dark cola brown with a ton of ruby highlights and a flimsy head of tan foam. Light lacing. The aroma had mild roast, caramel, and some faint citrus. I thought this was supposed to be hoppy? The flavor contained more of the hop profile that I was expecting. Mild roast and chocolate were followed by bitter oranges and grapefruit. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and had minimal carbonation. Slightly sticky. Not bad, but I just couldnít get into it...pretty boring actually. Seeing the commercial description, this is definately more of an Imperial Brown than a Black IPA.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of hops, malt, bubblegum, and dark fruit. Alcohol is present in the aroma. Taste is of bitter hops with lots of bubblegum and citrus. Has a nice toasty malt backbone that evens it all out. Lingering dark fruit and toasty malt taste. Mouthfeel is very malty, yet drinks easy. Alcohol is present but doesnít hurt the flavor at all. Not too hoppy, and not too malty, just right.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 Bottled. pours a dark clear reddish deep brown with a thin head and minimal lacing. Inviting color. The aroma was intoxicatingly complex. Sweet dark malts with a subtle hop character that became more pronounced with time. The highlight is the sweet malts though. The taste showcases the hops more as it becomes more bitter. The palate is perfect, just a wonderful balance here.
jeff789 (1400) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a somewhat clear very dark shade of brown with a minimal head... Aroma is quite hoppy though uncharacteristically generic for Southern Tier... Flavor is nicely roasty mellow and not excessively hoppy, nice taste... Easy drinking for 9%, this one will creep up on you...
1more4dessert (315) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear black with foamy brown head. Aroma of earthy hop, burnt toast, little like a thin hoppy stout.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Not knowing what to expect from this one, I was quite surprised and also impressed. Very dark with a thick foamy head. Strong hop aroma that is not typical for such a dark beer. Very balanced flavor. Tons of hops and lots of thick malt. But not overly bitter or sweet. Has a very smooth, creamy palate. Unique and enjoyable. A perfect example of a "black IPA".
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, thanks Wolf (Swolf3). Deep dark red pour with a light tan head. Hoppy, citrusy aroma, with a slight roasted maltiness in there as well. Roasty, toasty malt with a nice hop bitterness in the mix as well, pretty good shit.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool beer. Pours a black color wtih a light head. Aroma is very interesting. Tropical fruits, hops, nuts and light roast. Flavor is quite hoppy, but not overly bitter. Some nice malt tones and tropical fruits. Also an odd flavor noticeable from time to time...maybe gasoline? Anyway, still a good beer.
robforbes (2002) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a black with a red tint, a small off white head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.
smell is of fruits (mainly plums and grapes), some sour malt, a touch of floral, and some hops.
taste is of toasted malt, caramel, touch of pine, a little chocolate in the back, and some citrus, end is thick and a little bitter.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very deep dark black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is pretty awesome. Big bright citrus aroma. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple and a fairly sweet rich malty nose as well.. The nose is fairly simple with just a suggestion of sweet toasted malt. I do get loads of rich bright hops and as it begins to warm up, the deeper cocoa and molasses notes begin to pop up from the back. Flavour has a lovely balance of sweet bright citrus, tropical fruit, mango and chewy molasses maltiness. I canít say I get a whole lot of roastiness, but there is a deep sweet chocolate character. This is the best of the these new dark IPAs Iíve come across. Sublime, really.