Sometimes you just gotta let go and get medieval; well, we did just that with this lunker of a brew. This big old bad boy is roasty, it’s piney, it’s citrusy, and most of all its got attitude. Lots of 2-row, black patent, Carafa, oats, and a plethora of other malts combine with all kinds of American ‘C’ hops to make this obsidian concoction a truly unique imbibing experience. Careful, this hard-charger is a no holds barred beer; not for the faint of heart or those who like to see through their glass.
Bradbalk (9) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at El Bait Shop.
Poured a nice deep dark brown/black with a thin tan head, light lacing.
The smell was more roasty than hoppy, but a little of both mixing together with some smoke and pine.
The flavor is more like a hoppy american stout with nice roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and smoke, the hops are really only noticeable in the big juniper bitterness.
The mouthfeel has a nice medium body with a touch of hoppy resin quality to it.
There seems to be a slew of these underwhelming so called Black IPA’s out there that are basically just more bitter American Stouts. I seem to be saying this a lot lately but it needs more dry hopping and late hop additions.
boozedude (2181) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at 515 brewery...pitch black pour.thin brown head... faint pine aroma... very easy drinking..this beer is my friend!
CanIHave4Beers (3556) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the tasting room for the winery/brewery.
Pours a very deep black color with a good head and good lace.
The aroma has lots of roasty coffee notes and plenty of fruit forward hops.
The flavor is roasty, there is not a ton of roast here, but enough to give it some coffee tones. The beer is nicely bitter and not really bitter from dark roasted malt, as I perceive it most of this is hop bitterness. There is a nice fruity hop flavor throughout.
This really comes off more as a hoppy stout than a Black IPA, which is absolutely no problem with me, as it’s a pretty nice beer either way.
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