sonnycheeba (3049) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, creamy beige head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, earthy hops, oak, figs, and black pepper. Flavor is heavy hops, average malt, and faint fruit esters; dry, hoppy finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
beerme31 (454) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours almost black medium tan head. Toasty, roasty, aroma, floral and pine. Taste is bitter and roasty flavor. Full body, creamy texture, aggressive bitter finish mixed with roasted malt. Very good black IPA, unique because of the very high ABV.
Narnad (1417) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep brown color with a creamy, light tan head that really lasts. Aroma has a very deep fresh hop nose to it with strong grapefruit, solid pine, light peppery spiciness, strong toasted malt presence with some light burnt notes late. Flavor has a strong hoppiness to it but it’s very well balanced as no one flavor dominates the beer. Early flavor profile contains a strong hop bitterness composed of a pine and grapefruit kick but this quickly is brought down by a smooth toasted malt presence. I pick up some light peppery spiciness in the flavor, light burnt acidity and a fair amount of alcohol at the end. The alcohol finish, in my opinion, seems to accentuate the malt character, really makes it pop. Palate is fantastic, smooth with some creaminess and the low, fine alcohol really deliver the hop aroma slowly. Overall a great beer.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark pour with thin head. Quite hoppy with some roasted malts and cocoa. Definitely would have another...
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just awesome! The nose! So interesting - like sniffing two wildly different beers - a stout and ipa wrapped in one. So, if you’re short on time, and can’t decide between a stout and an ipa - grab one of these. And with the high ABV, you’ll feel like you got a two for one deal too. (note that other beers will seem pathetically unfulfilling after one of these) I’ll let the other raters contemplate the subtle nuances of the aroma/flavor/palate, etc. Bottom line is this beer is rad!
PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark brown, deep, thin tan head. fuzzy foamy, billowing at first. coffee and licorice in the aroma. some sap. Medium-thick and frothy. Mouth-coating bitterness, sap, resin, some pine. light, earthy burnt. light malty sweetness. Has the full flavor and body of a porter, plus rediculous hopping quantities. (as opposed to sacrificing some of the porter qualities to give the BIPA its hop-sided balance).
Scipio (650) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost completely black with a light colored head. Aroma is hops, citrus, pine and chocolate. Taste is filled with hops and is quite sweet. It tastes like a full bodied IPA, but does not have that feeling. This is an impressive IPA. I will need to experience more from what this brewery has to offer.
thelittlewoody (1) - - MAR 12, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C= Deep Black with a espresso-crema colored head; A=slight soured notes of caramel on the nose; P= Dark chocolate notes align with a corner of the mouth bitterness. Excellent representation of style and very potent at 9.2% ABV.
Zeswaft (1343) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Im surprised to see this rated so well. Very soapy hops in the aroma and flavor. Lingering bitterness. Some spice flavors hoing on too. Mehhh
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogany, clear around the edges, with a light brown head. The aroma is strong with citrusy hops over lightly roasted dark malt with a dash of chocolate. Fortunately, the roastiness is subdued in the flavor, because I’m one of those who feel that it doesn’t belong in a Black IPA. The malts, playing a supportive roll are dark and chewy with just a hint of chocolate remaining. The taste from beginning to end is about the hops, citrusy with some tropical fruitiness and a strong hit of zest. The bitterness could be stronger, but it and the alcohol’s peppery feeling leave a satisfying dry bitterness in the mouth. Quite nice.