DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I loved this beer! I think this is what a black IPA should taste like. It’s bitter, piney, resiny, chocolatey, smokey, and roasty. It is extremely complex and big. It’s definitely a bigger IPA than most, hence the imperial label. As this beer warms, the roasted, chocolate notes come through even more, which is fine with me! Given that it’s an imperial IPA, my only slight complaint is that I could have tolerated even more hops on the nose. The hop aroma did not blow me away, but it was definitely very nice.
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours a deep black with a white head and lots of lacing. It has a great aroma of coffee, chocolate, and some piney hops in the background. The flavor is coffee and dark chocolate up front with a hoppy middle and a coffee and hop finish over a smooth mouthfeel.
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b3shine (8045) - Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks douglas88). Looks good; cola with light beige lacing. Smells solid; bitter hops and roasty malt. Good on the palate. This is good stuff!
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, shared. Best by 4/22/13. Very dark red / black but clear still color (some light comes through). Thin khaki head, respectable lace. Moderate earthy hop nose. Chocolate, earthy hops, some light roast. Nice bitterness, but a bit of sweet, nowhere near as bitter, say, Sublimely Self-Righteous, but has a super nice hoppiness, and much more pronounced chocolate (and roasty) character. Awesome earthy hoppy dank chocolatey aftertaste, very interesting. Medium / bigger body, smooth light carbonation, very dry texture. At $2.25 a bottle, this is a really great value. Will be revisiting.
jackl (7011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to Seth for the pour! The appearance is deep brown with a massive tan head. The nose is spruce, bright hops, loads of chocolate and rough, gritty earth. The taste is fresh cantaloupe and berry fruit salad. Bitter, woody hoppiness. Thick roasted malt body. Long bitter finish. Full, stately body. Nice, active carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice black IPA. Aggressive, pleasing.
Iphonephan (6039) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours black with an off white head. Citrusy hop aroma. Toasted malt, chocolate and licorice notes with a very bracing bitter finish.
rosenbergh (10188) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle. Bottled on 05/14/12. (State Line Liquors) Elkton, MD.
Pitch black colour with small tan head and red hue.
Fruity hops, moderate bitterness, roasted malt, liquorice, dark berries and dryness in smooth and balanced aroma.
Flavour isn’t exactly as smooth but there’s plenty of hoppy bitterness, roasted maltiness, ash, some alcohol and resiny hops. Alcohol isn’t that much present. Good. Better. 4.1 is quite a lot for the flavour but otherwise this is absolutely great.
mattern33 (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma malty/chocolaty. DARK appearance; darkest IPA ive seen. Smooth for such a dark IPA with good taste. Very high ABV!! Worth trying.
JML044 (31) - Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good IPA. Great flavor, good color.
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mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish-brown color. Bold nose of pine, floral notes and herb. Rich and complex flavors - dark chocolate, bitter coffee, burnt raisons - followed by a healthy dose of hop bitterness. Long, smooth finish. Dry and bitter, but not astringent. Well disguised alcohol. A real melange of flavor.