cbfobes (2094) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours black with a decent tan head and lacing, the aroma has nice pine and citrus notes with the sweetness of the malt, the flavor actually threw me off at first, has a nice sweetness with a hint of hops but has more of a roasty and chocolate finish to it. Reminded me of a porter that had a light mouthfeel, not bad just different.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a long lasting brown head. Good lacing down the glass. Big citrus hops aroma with some chocolate and caramel malt in the nose. Light in body, medium carbonation, and long finish. Citrus hops upfront with caramel and chocolate malt sweetness in the middle. Finishes with roasted and astringent. Almost an even balance between an IPA and roasty porter. The astringency on the back end was a bit strong.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. At Upland Tap Room in Bloomington, IN. Poured into a pint glass a dark cola like brown color with a tan head. Aroma is not as hoppy I would have thought but roast and licorice. Medium moutfeel. Subtle roast flavors with a fairly strong hoppy bitter bite at the end. Nice lace. Overall, would have liked to have more of a hop presence but drinks easy.
AWISLguy (1011) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours an oily black - opaque - with a porter foamy head. Aroma is oil, soy sauce, some roasted coffee. Flavor is oil, roasted malts, plus something slightly sour. A long bitter finish is the item that takes the taste out of the "thin stout" category and the only real hop presence detected. As it warms, even more thin stout-y.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark chocolate, anise, and mild astringent alcohol aroma with a hint of lavender. Opaque black color with large tan head. Mildly sweet cocoa malt initially with a strong bitter grapefruit peel finish. Medium body. Pretty good.
queenholly (2565) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black brown with a moderate brown head and a little lacing. Aroma is roasty coffee and something fruity/floral. Thereís something in the aroma very familiar, pulling up a long lost memory, but I canít nail the smell. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, and a light bitter hop finish. Very nice.
wnoble (1206) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 On draft at the brewery. Roasted and citrus nose below a dark brown head. Taste I balanced roast and citrus notes. Nice bitterness and smooth mouthfeel and creamy. Such a really nice beer. One of the best IBAs Iíve had.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a brown cover. Aroma is more roasty, bitter astringent malt. Taste is roasty, coffee, burnt, bitter malt and hop finish.
hombrepalo (1744) - 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 isnít 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.