davidm (1996) - 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.
StevieT (1168) - 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.
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
EKGoldings (617) - 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.
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.
hohops (608) - 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.
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.
RickReallyBrew (76) - 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!
Obfuscate (337) - 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%
Lemke10 (914) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours a very dark brown/black color with a foamy light brown head. The aroma is rich and hoppy. The flavor is rich and bold with deep robust tone but still very hoppy. This finishes with an oak after taste and leaves a lingering bitterness. Very well made for the style.