nuplastikk (4089) - 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 (309) - 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 (2537) - 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 (2382) - 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 (2816) - 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!
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Opaque deep brown body approaching black. Frothy, tan head, slowly diminishing. Very inviting. The aroma is pure stout with notes of roasted and burnt grain, mild coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. Just a hint of flowers and pine. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Long finish of bitterness which serves to remind you that this is an IPA, but it is no more bitter than many stouts. In fact, there are not a lot of IPA characteristics that come to the forefront. Flavor is overwhelmingly roast/burnt malts and bitterness.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a fully receding mocha head. Notes of chocolate, toffee, citrus, pine, herbs and vegetable. Medium to full bodied with moderate resins and lively carbonation.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. This sucka poured inky black with a deep brown head.. this screamed "stout" from the appearance, and I love stout. The aroma picked up greener floral and citrus hoppage over a bed of roasted semi-sweet chocolates.. nutty notes, vanilla, and caramel accented.. outstanding! The flavor found dark chocolate and lesser coffee at the core.. nice roast, but the malts seemed a little stale.. heavy bitterness around, mostly floral and earth, with a little spicy pine.. roasty and bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied with decent balance on the palate.. dry and grainy overall.. very bitter, especially as it warmed up. I’m not a big fan of black IPAs, but this was probably the best I’ve found.
joeneugs (2778) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to deyholla for the bottle! Pours very black and viscous with a huge brown head. The aroma is roasted with dark chocolate, salty smoked meats, pine and citrus. The flavor is very roasted with smoked meats, charred wood, with a mild citric bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation and full bodied.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#10 to make it official. Taster at the Upland tasting room in Indy. Pours extremely black with thin tan head. Of all the black IPA’s I’ve tried so far, this one more than any could be easily mistaken for an I.S. Nose is mainly rich, strong coffee. Flavor is bitter/burnt coffee with a decent mix of bitter hops and nice malt backing. The taste leaves a bitter, dark, dryness lingering behind. Much, MUCH better than the regular Dragonfly IMHO. And I have to add that the Artwork would make Strongbad proud.