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.
AirForceHops (6065) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Iowa Taproom. Pitch black color, lasting lacing down the glass. Aroma is mild citrus underneath, mild roast.
Flavor is pretty nice. Just enough malt to balance out the citrus and weak pine. Body is in the medium range with the bitterness not abrasive. Pretty nice drink! Enjoyable
boozedude (2228) - 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 (3999) - 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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