AWISLguy (1967) - 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 (9453) - 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 (3592) - 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. There’s something in the aroma very familiar, pulling up a long lost memory, but I can’t nail the smell. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, and a light bitter hop finish. Very nice.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, 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 I’ve 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 (1963) - 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 isn’t 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.
jtclockwork (11783) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with tan head. Nose of hops and roasted chocolate malts. Taste is roasted chocolate malts, lavender, coffee and hops. Medium bodied.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
perfect example of why i dont like this style. just doesnt work together, almst tastes like a decent ipa, then almost like a decent porter, then just falls flat and makes you not even want another sip. astringent, hot, roasty, yuck.
Stensler (14) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong cascade aroma. Long lasting tan head with a deep black color. The taste is slightly smoky and rich with hop bitterness. Tried a small glass at Roots Restaurant in Milwaukee.