Homebrewerguy (304) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is my first black IPA and I must say I’m impressed, both negatively and positively. Most everything seems to be done very well in the marriage of dark malts and citrus hops. Very hoppy aroma but a very malty flavor of dark malts. What I don’t like is the odd combination of flavors in this beer. I prefer more traditional hops for this dark beer (more herbal or flowery). The hops overwhelm the palate about halfway through the glass so you’re basically drinking an AIPA anyway.
JohnCook101 (375) - - MAR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black, large beige head. Aroma is biscuity and herbal. Similar herbal flavours, treacle sweetness, figs, bitter lemon. Medium to full bodied, moderate and fine carbonation. Hides the high abv well. Brilliantly balanced. Lovely.
Holmen1 (3022) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fra flaske på Cardinal Mi2 feb-15: vi lukker øynene og smasker uhemmet, dette er salliggjørende snob fra ende til annen. Røstet malt, rosiin, lakris kvalitetskaffe og lekker sjokolade sammen med dye god humle, og allikevel så lett på foten.
Rob_D_UK (1090) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma has an initial familiar medicinal scent that I can’t place, something hydrogen peroxide-ish. Taste is not sweet, but a nice roasty and savory taste.
Holmen2 (1406) - NORWAY - FEB 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 23.02.15. Almost black. Pale, brown head. Aroma and taste of bitter grapefruit and fresh pine. A slight hint of liquorice. Rather good.
721Lance (18) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Big hop brew for Black IPA...matched the nice roast and bitterness. Somewhat floral aroma matched the coffee. Dry finish excellent carbonation best black IPA I have had.
tricyclist (958) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a beautiful khaki head. Nose is roasted throughout, a little smoky, roasted malts and more dark flavors with a neath green hop. Flavor is more toast and road and darkness with liveliness of green hop and pine. Really enjoyable and I’ll miss it when it’s gone.
rouhlas (479) - GREECE - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle at home. Dark brown almost black color with nice dark beige head. Aroma is hoppy, herbal spicy, mint, piney, light roasted malty, caramel. Sweet and bitter taste like the aroma, mostly hoppy herbal spicy, light roasted malty when it gets warmer. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
dlovell2 (994) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2015 Poured from 22 oz bomber. Pours black with an off white head. Aroma is fruity citrus, grapefruit & pine with a light roasted smokiness. Flavor starts off citrus with some tropical fruit flavors and finishing with grapefruit and pine hops. Then the roasted malt smokiness and chocolate flavors sneak up on the backside of this brew. Stone, why oh why would you take this beer away from us?
Brandon1989 (385) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark brown, almost black with some ruby in there when held up to a light. There is a nice two-finger head with good retention and left plenty of lacing around the glass. The aroma earthy hops, dark roasted malts, and some sweetness. The taste is hop oil, a bit of bitterness, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and dark coffee. The mouthfeel is on the medium to heavy side. The alcohol is not very noticeable in this beer as well.
toml219 (285) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into shaker pint. ..... Pours black with nice tan head................. . ....