hotstuff (3579) - Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog rating year 2010. This bottled beer pours a small tan head with good retention, opaque body, fair amount of lacing, and a dark brown-black hue. The Aroma is malty, coffee, roasty, burnt, and hops. The Taste mimics the Aroma along with a rich taste. The Palate is fairly smooth and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this is a tasty beer, but the downside for me is that it is too roasty and burnt tasting. This beer is worth trying.
pantanap (3328) - 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.
patrick767 (3238) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at JK O’Donnelll’s in Ft Wayne - Pours near black with a lingering tan head. It smells of roast malt, coffee, and some slightly citrus accented hops. The flavor is roasty, earthy, and has a bitter chocolate character to it. Medium bodied and well, different.
LilBeerDoctor (3231) - 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.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the ’13 Cincy Beerfest. Dark beer with a thin tan head. Dusty grain and hop pellet nose. Flavors of hop resin and pine over sweet caramel and coarse bread. Some roasted grain and burnt toast. The finish has some brunt caramel and grapefruit pith.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown with a light and fizzy off-white head. Hoppy and slightly smokey aroma with a lightly sweet malt balance. Very herbal and floral flavor at the beginning with that light malt coming up in the middle and leading to a lightly bitter and flowery finish.
Loineshawn (3011) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of BBB. Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy frothy tan head. A lot of great roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee characte with a great citrusy hop bite to it. Really nice and clean. black malts and a great layer. Maybe the best "black ipa" I’ve had.
Ha. read mike’s review after my own. It’s true- this does remind me quite a bit of dance of the dead. Though this seems like a simpler, but cleaner version of it. Let me know how a side by side taste test goes, mike. Anyways, really like the black malt big hop combo. right up my alley.
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.
jkwood04 (2949) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of floral and lightly citrusy hops, some pale and dark malts, a little lavender, and some dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. A good black IPA, but I’m not sure how fresh this bottle was.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 5, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Robert at SL, what a guy! The pour was dark and stouty-like, nothing black IPA about it. The aroma was off and beat, smelled like a dead turtle (ok, I have no idea what that means, but...). Additional notes of bitter floral hops, caramel, roast. The flavor followed, bitter floral earthy hops firm in the front, a citric astringency almost, licorice black patent malts, roast, dry as a bone, yet acidic, meh. I much more like a few other "black IPAs" over this one, but all good, fun nonetheless!