Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours a pitch black with a dense light brown head. Hard roast aroma with only a hint of hops. Solid body, hard and a little harsh roasty malts while the hops donít really add much but bitterness - and it sure ends bitter. Iíd call this a Stout - simply. Hasnít really got the good aroma hops to make this a Black IPA. 260412
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the taproom in Indy... Pours a deep silky stout black hued consistency with reddish brown edges and topped with a medium soapy light beige head that quickly recedes leaving a wispy... Aroma of black licorice, abuse, spices, and a light aspect of spruce... Flavors emphasize semi-bitter roasted chocolate and black licorice. The hops kind of fall to the wayside. Medium bodied leaving somewhat an earthy chalky feel towards the finish. Semi-lively carbonation. Totally lacking in the hop department.
Patrickctenchi (2879) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Totally black, dark-oatmeal couloured head leaving lace stripes all the way to the end. Nose is harshly floral...taste is herbal,slightly medicinal, dry bitter. Probably a good example of the style, but these donít really appeal to me too much...still, worth the experience.
Strykzone (4383) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark with a small tan head. A roasted flavor with tart hops. Some earth. Not a favored style but this is decent.
Acknud (1066) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful pour. Black with a frothy head. Aroma is of roasted malt. Itís taste is a little too dry for me. Not much sweetness but the hops come through at the end.
PhilDBrewer (50) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 Beer pours with a frothy yellow head. Appearance is dark black - looks great. Roasty nose, but where are the hops?Tastes of roasted malts. Bitter on the back end. Plenty of bitterness, but hop flavor and aroma remains hidden. Good body, excellent mouthfeel.Overall, good beer but I miss the floral, aromatic hoppiness that I enjoy in an IPA.
574deadzone (841) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve been seeking out Black IPAs (CDAs, IBAs, what the hell ever) and so I found a local one. This was black as night like i wanted, and the malt bill was fairly clean, just a hint of roastiness. The hops werenít big enough, which might just be my busted nose, but I didnít get a big blast of grapefruit or pine like I wanted. This was a nice, easy going beer, sessionable at 6.5% and fairly bitter on the end, but I wanted more oomph I guess. Not bad though.
tmongoose (1029) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours black with darkish tan head that lingered for awhile the aroma of hops and an almost sweet malt. the flavor is pretty much it...the bitterness of the hops and that sweet/roasted malt character blends very well together. really a decent beer.
LilBeerDoctor (3296) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt initially with a citrusy, hoppy finish. Great black IPA, I loved both components of a robust ale plus IPA. Uber drinkable too.
dougdecinces (116) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Twenty Tap. Poured opaque black with mocha-tan head. Left good lacing. Hop aroma was there but not overpowering (It smelled like Columbus). Lots of dark, burnt, roasted aromas, but also sweet malt. It kind of reminded me of roasted marshmallows.
If I didnít know any better, I would swear this beer had smoked malt in it. Lots of bitter, smoky roasted flavors coming through.
I guess Iím not a big black IPA fan. From what I can tell, this is a good example of the style, but itís not my cup of tea.