hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from a coworker. Poured dark brown with ruddy hues...very small beige head. Looks and acts like a porter but still has that IPA background. Aroma of sweet smoky chocolate malts and hints of hops. Simple yet very palatable. This drinks easy and smooth a taste of smokey and roasted malt. Clear your mind about this being an IPA. This black IPA isn’t my first but sure has changed my preception of what black IPAs are.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured this 12 oz bottle into a paper cup in my hotel room in Indy. Visually, this manifests the stout-y characteristics of the style, with a black, opaque body and a thin khaki-colored head. The aroma and flavor both portend heavy roasted notes that reek of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. These dark, oily notes overpower the hops you expect from an ipa, making this less like a bipa or strong ale and more like a robust coffee stout. A nice beer, but seems like an ipa only in its body and tiny hints of grass in the nose.
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with tan head. Nose of hops and roasted chocolate malts. Taste is roasted chocolate malts, lavender, coffee and hops. Medium bodied.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
perfect example of why i dont like this style. just doesnt work together, almst tastes like a decent ipa, then almost like a decent porter, then just falls flat and makes you not even want another sip. astringent, hot, roasty, yuck.
Stensler (14) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong cascade aroma. Long lasting tan head with a deep black color. The taste is slightly smoky and rich with hop bitterness. Tried a small glass at Roots Restaurant in Milwaukee.
bpreo (2496) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not sure why this is recommended for the winter season. When I think of Komodo Dragons and Dragon Fly’s I think of hot, tropical, and summer. Oh, and the beer tastes great, no doubt about it.
thedm (5611) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a beer festival poured a medium sized head of foamy with a frothy top fine to large sized dark brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black colored body and a very good lacing. The almost non-existant aroma was mild hop. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of dark malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, courtesy StFun. Pours a nearly pitch black color and topped by a nice sized dark tan colored head of foam that shows great retention. The foam slowly receds and leaves nice thin rings of lace around the glass. It looks great, almost like a stout, but just not quite as thick looking. The aroma shows notes of pine and floral hops, bitter, black malts, and roasted dark cocoa. There is some toastes caramel malt sweetness in the as well. The flavor follows and shows nice bitterness from the floral and pine hops along with a good amount of roast from the dark cocoa and bitter black malts. The toasted caramel adds a touch of sweetness, and the hops add more bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied on the mouthfeel, smooth, with balanced carbonation and a roasty, bitter finish. This is a nice, tasty version of the black ipa.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a thin tan head that slowly fades into as thin layer that reminds me a bit of chocolate milk. Aroma of dark malts with some citrus and pine behind them. A bit of roasted malt comes through as it warms, some coffee too. Taste is more black than IPA with dark roasted malts, coffee (acidic), a touch of caramel. Light citrus and pine intermingle, though they are a bit milder than other versions I’ve had of the style. Faint non-lasting bitterness finish things off.
patrick767 (3971) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at JK O’Donnelll’s in Ft Wayne - Pours near black with a lingering tan head. It smells of roast malt, coffee, and some slightly citrus accented hops. The flavor is roasty, earthy, and has a bitter chocolate character to it. Medium bodied and well, different.