Nsanders (332) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red brown color with light tan head. Strong caramel and malty aromas for an ipa, but definite earthy hop presence. Taste is sweet as expected with a moderately bitter finish. Body is medium heavy with a slight oily feel. I really enjoyed this beer.
bookman10 (539) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with mid-sized head. Aroma of burnt grain and some hops. Flavor is a very smooth combination of malt and coffee with some hop accents. Pretty good, actually.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of khoffman
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy caramel, chocolate, lighter roast, and a touch of coffee...no hops in the aroma. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights. It has a one finger beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some spotty webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate caramel and dark chocolate. The finish has light-moderate pine, burnt notes, light roast, and coffee. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, there’s simply not enough hops here to be anywhere close to a Black IPA.
JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to khoffman. Pours a darker brown, nearing black, with a greyish head of foam. Good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, cinnamon, and roasty malt. Taste is a little burnt and gravely with a bitter finish.
UDBeernut (1251) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from khoffman43 pours deep amber capped by a cream colored head with great staying power, leaves a thick coating of lacing. Nose of roast and chocolate. Taste begins with a sweet twing, chocolate and roast. Midway the bitterness comes with some citrus. Bitterness is a tad subdued and makes for an easy drinker.
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sharrett’s Liquor Store (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Aroma: Toast, pine, grass, and maybe a little citrus.
Appearance: Dark brown with a small off-white head.
Taste: Medium in bitterness, and a very slight tartness in the finish.
Palate: Medium bodied, thin, and an average carbonation.
jmikolich (1292) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from KHoffman43, Thanks Kyle. Nose is slightly hoppy but not the dank hop like from Indeed Midnight Ryder, taste is more porter than IPA, and this is like a heavily hopped porter more than a IPA, I think porter is appropriate here.
leinielover (9) - - JAN 2, 2013 does not count
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pitch black pour with a tan head faintly reminicient of a Guiness, but lighter, crisper. Drinkable enough, tho the finish is off.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from khoffman43. It pours dark brown with a khaki head. The aroma is pleasant enough with toast, cocoa powder, and some earthy, piney hops. Hop character is a bit subdued for a black ipa. The flavor has more with a good balance of piney hops and chocolate and roasted maltiness. Pretty dry finish. Nice beer. More like a hopped up porter, which isn’t a bad thing.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown pour with thin light tan head. Aroma is dominated by roast malt and some sweet caramel. Taste is also quite malt heavy, more sweet than roasty. Not enough IPA characteristics in this brew for me.