properhops (88) - - OCT 26, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlR09otCkUs
Appearance: Jet black, 1-finger head dissipates to layering, excllent lacing
Smell: Bitter dark chocolate, citra pine, tobacco
Taste: Full body, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, pineapple, brown sugar, sweet carmel malts, mild warming, mild carbonation, drinkable
Pairings: Buttery cheese w/ fresh bread, brie, camembert
alassio (82) - USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a fantastic beer. The roasty malts give a richness, but the hops have a piercing bite that turns it into fresh chocolate, anise, and pine. The sensations in the mouth are incredible and change from moment to moment, and keep changing and shifting as the irresistible sips keep piling up minute to minute: mild sweetness and richness gets upturned by a sourness, and then a piney hop bitterness starts a relentless campaign to invade and occupy every diverse dimension of the palate - - tongue, cheeks, even glottus - - various dimensions of the oral cavity all start clocking in like AP & UPI teletypes after some rare spectacle - - taste buds and oral nerves you never realized you had before flashing like Vegas neon, croaking like lit-up lily-pad frogs by nuclear plants, whole oral flavor networks swaying, and careening like decks of creaking plankwood on ancient war galleons. You don’t want this to end. Thankfully, for physical constitution, I am only in the possession of this one bottle, and I can’t remember where I got it. But I will be Googling about it again real soon, and then buying a plane ticket to where I can get it again.
mike12da (80) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow what a nose, this smells incredible. Big beautiful fresh hop aroma, gives me shivers. Nice deep brown/black color with a beautiful soft tan head. Big long dry bitter mouthful of hops. Definitely some malt in there somewhere, but I’ve never had a black IPA this bitter. Everything about this beer is Imperial. Excellent.
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured the beer into my Bruery snifter and it arrives….well…..black. It has a light brown head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass as it subsides.
The nose is full of fresh hops. I mean it smells straight off the vine. There are hints of chocolate and roasted malts in there too.
The taste is really a lot of the same. It is an assault of hops right up front. Only in the back do I get a mild bit of roasted malt character with some chocolate and coffee notes to boot. Then the hops come back and finish. There is quite a bitterness from the hops that lingers around in the aftertaste.
frank0830 (70) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from a bottle, fresh around 40deg in an English Pint. Aroma was very awesome. Strong notes throughout the poor and pint. Beautiful head. Mouth feel was great. Would rather have seen more flavor than a strong alcohol taste.
tfratzke (69) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black as night with a nice creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and head lingers for quite a while. Smells of roasted malts and some piney hops. Taste is roasted malts with slight bitter finish. This is an excellent imperial black IPA. With as high of alcohol content as it is, it doesn’t seem boozy at all. Goes down easy which could be dangerous! Excellent overall.
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow- I knew it would be good, but this is awesome! Pours black with a minimal head. Smells like coffee and sweet dark fruits- cherry? A little dark chocolate and some light floral elements. Mouthfeel is thicker than I expected, almost chewy. Strong presence of hops and the alcohol leaves my tongue buzzing slightly. Tastes a bit smoky too. Good shit!
sickboy79 (66) - USA - SEP 23, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My first "Imperial" Black IPA. I’ve been getting into Black IPAs recently and this one is amazing! Thick as molasses on the poor. Taste has big chocolate and coffee notes, some big floral hops, and a nice touch of alcohol. Not too boozey, not too sweet, not too bitter. Super example of an Imperial Black IPA. Highly recommended!
sudsmeister (66) - Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black IPA. Wonderful idea! This combination of an imperial IPA and an imperial Stout works well. Just be sure to let it warm a bit; at 8 bucks a bomber you want to taste it fully.
Swillbur (62) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Everyone of these i drank which was at least 6 had crazy long lasting overflowing head. You can pour 2OZ in a chalice and it will bubble up to the top and even over but never spill down the sides. Pretty nice malty hoppy flavors going on for a style i don’t care for its done well. I just don’t get the crazy head