satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is good general roast and bakers chocolate. appearance is opaque with filthy head of good size but less retention and some lacing. flavor is excellent balance of roast softness with some java notes and plenty of unsweetened cocoa - up against bracing bitterness with buried citrus and hint of pine. this is not an IPA nor black IPA (nor does that style even exist, arguably), this is simply a well structured and fun porter.
after4ever (6474) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12. thanks, ben! pours black with a loose dark tan ring of foam. big toasty coffee nose. creamy medium body, lively carb. toast and coffee on the mid palate. longish ashy patenty finish.
bvc (1178) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a really dark and viscous with a tan head. Dusty dry cocoa, coffee, light nuttiness...not much in the way of hops. Thick mouth feel. Dusty bitter chocolate, inky, some light grassy earthiness in there and then a really bitter finish. Confusing beer.
riversideAK (5727) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty nose with some char and dank. Black pour with a nice brown head. The flavor is big on roast, char, touch of burnt/smoke, and danky bitterness in the finish. Very stout like in flavor, hoppy, but not in ipa category imo, but with a strangely thin body. Lingering charred mouthfeel. Weird, confused beer.
cheap (4391) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This pours a beauty! Big black pour like an oily impy stout that appears to be used 90W shovelhead oil with a choco moose head, very attractive. I want to dip my tongue in there. First let me say that this is overall a very penetrating beer which I beleive to be in the wrong style. This IS an imp stout by all practicle measures. A mean old beer with a taste bud explosion! Ooooh baby, this comes across like a pine tree that was partially burned and then covered with pine tar. Big and bold! Roto-tilling rude for a lager lover. Good carbonation for such a heavy beer and I welcome that. Nasty long imp stout linger at the end of every gulp. This beer has a father that was an IPA bastard and a mother that was an imp stout bitch. What else can be said? IF you like impstout, you better get this from BarvarianPurity. I have to thank him for ruining my taste buds for the day, YOU ROCK! Quite a beer experience that I was glad to have! If this is an IPA, which it is not, its the best IPA I’ve ever tasted!
nuplastikk (4878) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Draft at Dexters. Pitch black color with an oily head. Sweet chocolate malt over a solid hoppy base. An interesting style, captures the qualities of a Black and an IPA quite well. Mild enough to be sessionable but still full bodied and flavorful. Good beer.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle A dark black pour brown head. Taste of wood,roasty, some chocolate, finishes with a bitter coffee taste. Not at all what i expected but really good.
madvike (3033) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours black with a frothy brown head. Smells of peaty, smoky malt with some citrusy hops underneath it all. Taste falls a little flat, with lots of milkiness, the same smoky, peaty malt, and some herbal hops. Smooth and fairly full-bodied, this was pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the black IPA, but it was interesting.
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dead turtle aroma? Caught me offguard with that one Brian. Next time i,m out drivin and see one of them poor little buggers splattered all over the road i,m gonna hafta pull over and get me a whiff of that so i know where yer coming from. Does the age of the road pizza turtle matter? Is a box or snapper gonna have the same qualitys? Yer killin me brah!! WooHoo WTF! Small tan head with fair retention. I believe the darkness of this brew overides the IPAness of it all. Gotta say i enjoyed it any way. Roast and chocolate, dry maltiness, Caramel, some burnt, some patent, chalkiness and a hint of citrus rasttling around in there. Dry finish, good bitterness. I was kinda diggin it. Wanna redo! Still gotta know what dead turtle smells like. Props to Robert for sharing.
eaglefan538 (2914) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 5, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Robert at SL, what a guy! The pour was dark and stouty-like, nothing black IPA about it. The aroma was off and beat, smelled like a dead turtle (ok, I have no idea what that means, but...). Additional notes of bitter floral hops, caramel, roast. The flavor followed, bitter floral earthy hops firm in the front, a citric astringency almost, licorice black patent malts, roast, dry as a bone, yet acidic, meh. I much more like a few other "black IPAs" over this one, but all good, fun nonetheless!