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 it’s good but less of an ipa and more of a nut brown.
sturmthis (594) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a black color with thick beige head. Coffee aroma. Tastes of coffee and ends bitter with hops. Interesting and solid beer.
stoutgap (30) - Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass, average creamy,light brown head, with fair lacing. Aroma of coffee and grassy hops.Medium body but some what thin. This beer has a fairly long bitter finish that is pleasing but perhaps a bit tomuch dark malt.
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black with a weak head. Mild hop aroma. Hoppy, spicy, slightly muddy coffee flavor.
CpyNPrnT (403) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of malt, chocolate, perhaps coffee. Some hops, citrus, maybe floral. A good beer to try.
EamonTheGreat (150) - USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on draft at Yogis in Bloomington. Pours pitch black with a thin white head. A fairly malty aroma. Once drank this beer comes on string from the beginning. Not as smooth as I would like, but the balance of flavor is nice at the finish. Very bitter at the beginning, but after a few sips you start to appreciate the balance and complexity this ale brings.
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bpar73 (514) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a small tan head. Dark malt, hops, roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma and taste. Almost as much of a hoppy porter/stout than an black IPA. Very good beer.
DWestrick (440) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Decent black IPA. Have yet to find a black IPA that I really love - the combo of malts with a really hoppy IPA always seems to flatten the flavor. Not bad though
tmoreau (2530) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and dispensed to a shaker, showing a deep, black/brown color, with persistent, frothy, brownish tan head foam, and layering, sheet-like, lacing. The aroma was smooth, highly roasted, lightly burnt, with notes of coffee, cocoa & toffee, and a touch of treacle. The taste was dry, a little woody, with earthy & rindy bitterness, and lingering astringency that had some tanniny bite to it. Medium+ bodied, with average to soft carbonation, and a substantial, roasted malt content that was more prevalent than any "IPA" hoppiness, making it more of an aggressively hopped Porter to me. Maybe a bit unbalanced style wise, but still quite flavorful.
starewich (146) - - NOV 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown-black with a very interesting brown head that disappears quickly. Flavor is roasted coffee, harsh and almost burned. Body is too light. Hops feature mostly as citrus in the nose. Not what I look for in a black IPA, but interesting.
Scipio (714) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with with a full, creamy, reddish tan head. It looks great. Aroma has roasted malts, pine, coffee, mild chocolate, and subtle grapefruit. The taste is heavy in pine that is balanced well with a roasted coffee taste. There is some smokiness in here, while I also find some light citrus undertones of grapefruit. Long roasted aftertaste. Medium in body, while having a more thick texture, with a good amount of carbonation. This is a solid beer, especially if you enjoy this style.