swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really cool to see a black ipa from upland on the shelf for under ten bucks. Not at all what I expected though. Aroma is heavy with roasted malts. Pour is jet black with a medium brown top. Taste is very malty with hints of chocolate and nuts. Palate is average. Overall itís good but less of an ipa and more of a nut brown.
alexsdad06 (6539) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown to black with a small khaki head. The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, a mild nutty note with earthy and strong herbal hops. If I had to pin this down it seems like a spruce/mint combo which is a bit strange. The flavor is very similar, however, the herbal/spruce/mint notes overshadow the roasted malts, nuts and chocolate. Body is a touch thin. This is interesting, but ultimately not something I would drink again.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best black IPAs Iíve gotten to try. Amazing hop presence with a superb balance of roasted malt, a little floral aroma which is insanely impressive considering the hugely dark color of this pour. A really great, unique and delicious beer.
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured dark brown (not quite full black) with a thin head. On par for the style, but no wow factor here. Not enough bitterness or dark malt flavor to make it stand out. And I didnít get much lavender there either. If youíre into BIPAs/CDAs then this will do it for you, just donít expect it stand out.
crossovert (8585) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cant taste the hops in thisone on draft. IT is pure roasted malt, like a super roasted porter.
ContemplateBeer (1653) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of cocoa with some light resiny hops. Appearance is opaque black with light mocha head. Flavor matches the nose, but with a bit more resin. The finish is somewhat dry. Palate is medium, slick and soft. Mediocre for the style.
bagalagalaga (139) - Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok, they are right about the blackness, itís pretty black. Smells hoppy like a pale ale. As youíre drinking it, there is some maltiness, but with hops relentlessly battling for supremacy. The aftertaste is major hops with a bit of a smokey residue.
DrSilverworm (7922) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 12oz bottle, bottled November 2012. Black color. Good thin half-finger brown head. Good lace. Toasty, herbal hop nose. Medium body. Light carbonation. Kinda watery texture. Good roastiness, some light milk chocolate. Herbal, lightly earthy hop. Mostly sweet taste, light bitter aftertaste. Odd Black IPA. Strange watery character, and odd herbal flavor, but still hoppy, chocolatey, and roasty.. Still a black IPA.. just not my favorite example 7/4/6/2/12
Re-rate, 1/12/14: 12oz bottle, bottled November 2013. Why are these always 2 months old when they show up? Pours a black color, with a nice thicker brown head. Leaves good, thicker full sheets of lace. Earthy hop, and pine in the nose. Some chocolate in the aroma, light roast. A bit of that floral, tea like herbal quality that I presume comes from the lavender. An interesting, and noticeable twist on the black IPA, that takes it in a different, unique direction from the type that I normally like, though itís not really bad, it kind of works. Medium to bigger body, chewier than I remember this being last year, thatís a good thing. Soft carbonation, kind of a slick, sticky texture. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. A satisfying black IPA... I enjoyed this significantly more than the bottle I tried last year.
b3shine (6209) - Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster. Looks good; pitch black with foamy beige head. Smells and tastes malty and hoppy (in that order) with some roastiness. Good on the palate. A good example of the style.
Chudwick (2326) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours black with nice beige head and great lacing. Nose is chocolate and light spruce. Flavor adds roasted malts and coffee. Light sweet with stronger bitterness. Dry finish with roasty aftertaste. Smooth and medium to full body. Definitely liking the style more and more. Usually overlook the brewer, but Iíll keep an eye out now.