AlabastorJones (808) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is muted citrus hops and mild roast, black body with a tan head, flavor is grapefruit hops, juicy bitters and some mild chocolatey roast, good stuff
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Up front it pours black, smells like hops, and tastes effing Iincredible.....must be a stone. Very roasty and extremely bitter.
Mjp12 (445) - 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.
davidm (1957) - 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 (741) - 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 (201) - 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 (556) - 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 (369) - 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 (34) - 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!