csaso (1440) - Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap - good size foamy head, almost black color with a slight red hue, roasted malt aroma and flavor, fair hope - would have liked more hops and less roastiness.
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drjay44 (2700) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is heavy chocolate, cocoa, lighter coffee, hints of pine, citrus.....taste is chocolate, light toffee/caramel, pine, light citrus, finishing with moderate, lingering bitterness......mouth feel medium, slightly astringent, carbonation makes a medium tingle. This is a nicely balanced, clean finishing Black IPA. It does not have the depth of complexity nor the powerful aromas and flavors often found in the style, but it is a nice representative. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
mnmike (1034) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour. Good and rick without being heavy. Roasted aftertaste with hops on the front.
RobertDale (3644) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Jeffrey! Pours a dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of roast, pine, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, pine, citrus, caramel, and coffee. Pretty good.
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid roasted malt nose. Taste is nice malt and hop balance. Seems to be alot lower on the hops scale then the other black ipa beers that I like. Drinkable
Nsanders (540) - 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 (654) - 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 (5024) - 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 (3163) - 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 (1822) - Moving to Jax, Florida, 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.