AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Charred malt and citrus bitterness, pine, light coffee taste. Heavy feel and lingering bitterness on the tongue. Good beer
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Our Black Heart, Camden on 30 Jul 2012. Poured a really dark brown, with a big beige head. Aroma of citrus hops, pine needles and dark chocolate. Full mouthfeel. Big, complex flavours of berries, some smokiness, dark malts and bitter, grassy hops. Finish was a great mix of bitter burnt malts, resinous hop and some treacle.
hohops (420) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is very dark, almost black. A 1-2 finger light brown head which gradually fades, leaving some lacing. Aroma- lots of hops. Orange, some grapefruit, a bit of malt, pine. Smells just like an IPA. Taste- hop bitterness, orange peel, pine, bitter fruit, hints of milky chocolate, iced coffee, a lasting, fruit-filled, bitter finish. Complex and delicious.
Mjp12 (534) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Supreme beer, fresh stone hop aroma, backed by a great malt backbone, fantastic.
RickReallyBrew (41) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great malty high Gravity IPA w dark malts in the mash. So the favor is quite a bit divergent yet still an IPA. I like it. Not as hoppy as some IPA or double IPA styles. What you taste is the malt to hop ratio so that needs to be considered for a high Gravity IPA.
I am still trying to find a Dark IPA like I remember Pete’s Wicked Ale contract brewed by August Schell in New Ulm, MN. This comes pretty close!
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Chocolate and vanilla, lingering bitterness, syrupy palate. Very impressive beer.
Mora (15) - West Milford, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice head and very nice dark color. Not bitter yet a slight hop taste of hop. Very nice beer.
StevieT (813) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours thick dark brown, thin lasting tan head, rich roasted flavours with only a mild lingering bitterness. Dangerously drinkable.
Obfuscate (168) - Minneapolis, - DEC 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black in color, smells very hoppy but you also get the lighter roasted malts and some dark fruit, slight chocolate. Classic Stone bitterness but smoothed out a bit. Easy drinking for 8.7%
EKGoldings (585) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best black IPAs out there. Great balance with the dark malts, pale and hops. I think this is what Greg Noonan is drinking up in heaven.