ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.
A: Pours a not-quite-black dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light tan color with great texture and nice retention. A lot of thin, filmy lace is left on the glass, having that ’could almost pass for a black metal band’s logo’ vibe to it.
S: Surprisingly citrusy - I was expecting more of a floral/pine hop quality, but I really can’t complain here. A decent amount of papaya, mango, and apricots form the main aspects of the aroma, with just a backing hint of roasted malt and chocolate. I also sense a little bit of marijuana, too.
T: Again, I really like how citrusy this is, but the black ale qualities are subtle, at best. An opening salvo of mango and papaya give way to a finish of light roast and hemp. The darker malts only serve to smooth out the hop profile without creating a clashing sensation problematic of a lot of black ales. Smoothly balanced with minimal to moderate bitterness and a building roasted aftertaste. Nothing hyper complex, but son of a bitch, this just works.
M: Silky smooth to start, before the hops create a coarseness after the midtaste. Hop oils build a resinous texture on the tongue without destroying the palate. Not easy to drink, due to the thicker body, but the finishing dryness and moderate carbonation makes this easy to sip.
O: I love DIPAs and I love stouts, but hybridize the two into a black ale and the results can be questionable at times (see: Stone SSR). This, on the other hand, is an example of the style done right. VERY well priced for what it is, and highly recommended. Even at three months old, this is damn good stuff.
thepatrickman (837) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. One fantastic Black IPA -- there is an absolute smorgasbord of flavor going on here, with lots of roasted dark malts and a bucket-load of hops. It’s chocolatey and roasted; it’s piney and bitter; it’s a fantastically executed Black IPA.
JohnnyJ (5402) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown color, with a small tan head. Heavy, sweet, roasted malt, grain, pine, bitter, notes of chocolate, and some sugar. Meh ok.
tsd08460 (820) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: citrus, roasty, licorice, chocolate
Appearance: black with a tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter finish
skmikeg (1740) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, roasted malts, coffee, tropical fruits, and some herbal hop notes. Taste is similar to the aroma. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, moderately bitter, long, lingering finish. Overall, an outstanding black IPA that is very drinkable for over 9 % abv.
Booga (78) - Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid body. Good flavor. Nice hop profile. Solid beer. The high ABV is hidden well.
uhclem (418) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown pour with a nice aroma of citrus and sweet malt. Taste is complex with light and dark notes. Excellent mouthfeel and finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready maltsy tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.
Block (2207) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A really nice black IPA. A dark pour, good aroma of malts a hops. Body is balanced and the alcohol is masked exceptionally well. Must more potent than it tastes.
mbgrayson (719) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a full black, with a tan head. Aroma is of hops and malts. Taste is rich and hoppy, with lots of complexity. Long lasting hoppy palate. This is a very nice black IPA. Thumbs up.
MadRobin (2815) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 4 oz. sampler at Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria, VA.
Opaque, very dark brown, with a light tan head and very good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, licorice, chocolate and pine.
Taste of roasted malt, orange, licorice, vanilla, chocolate and pine.
Full body and medium/low carbonation.
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