Oly (50) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Thick, sweet, and tight head over a cola colored beer. The aroma was piney and a bit floral. The flavor for me was a semi-sweet malt character. The beer seemed well balanced, but not for a DIPA. If you go in expecting a really interesting hop character of an IPA, you’ll be disappointed. If you go in expecting a well balanced black ale, you’ll be happy. I rated it highly because I don’t care much about style as long as I enjoy drinking it, and I enjoyed this bottle very much. As others have said, though, it’s far more easy drinking than it is a really interesting and unique beer. But boy is it easy to drink!
kaser (3582) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour from 22oz I got at DLD. Nice nutty pleasant hoppy aroma. Taste is hints of chocolate malty good hops and well rounded. Really liked it. Up there with better BIPA's
AdamJackson (3262) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark porter like appearance. Roasted chocolate and a lite hippiness. Interesting but not memorable. Not a huge fan but drinkable
alexsdad06 (6433) - Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a cola brown color with a medium plus sized off white/beige head. The aroma is citrus and resiny hops, mild roasted malt, caramel and a hint of spicy hops. The flavor is more roasted malts, citrus and resiny hops, caramel, toffee with some spicy rye like notes.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pine and a bit of resin among with a bit of roast. Moderate bitterness. Faint coffee and a really nice mouthfeel. Easy drinking.
caesar (5504) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ ZZT VII, thx to everyone for sharing their bottles. Black IPA with the balance towards the roasted or dark malts. For me lacks hop aroma. Still a nice drink.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown. Hops are present in the aroma but they are a bit off balance. Palate was a bit oily ofr a black ipa. Not bad but not my favortie black ipa.
Martinus (3441) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown colour, white head. Aroma of hops, liquorice, caramel, roasted malts. Bitter hops flavour, malts, liquorice and sweet malts. Bitter hops finish, malts and caramel.
(From 75cL bottle @ ZZT VII, Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, kermis!)
NeuroPliny (208) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 500mL bottle into a chalice. Pours dark brown, almost black. Thick brown head. Aroma is hoppy with layers of malt. There are notes of spices, pepper, and coriander. Flavour is loaded with hops up front with notes grapefruit and lemon. On the back end the dark malts start to come through but the hops win from start to finish which surprised me considering this is a black IPA. Overall a nice hoppy black IPA.
Benzai (9433) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Kermis @ ZZT VII. Dark brown color with a nice red glare coming through, full sized good lacing, a bit creamy beige head. Smell malts, hops, lightly dark and roasted malts. Taste malts, dark malts, hops, bitter, lightly fruity. A bit off balance. Nice to drink, but not the best black IPA.