Marko (3878) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ogivlados trade with shrubber85 (huge thanks!)
Wow, this isn’t even all that common! Anyway. Opened with a loud pop and poured a black body slightly tinged with amber over the edges and an enormous grey-ochre head that went away painfully slowly. The nose was pungent however, chewy, sweet, roasty and malty with chocolatey and coffeeish notes. Fresh taste, dark chocolate (99% cocoa or something like that), damn roasty. Black I was getting in the start, but the IPA part has eluded me for awhile, until some tropical or maybe, yeah, lavender! notes popped up mingling with the roast as it warmed. Those vague herbal notes are the only thing that made this a Black IPA. Still, this is a very good beer, no matter the style and I definitely wouldn’t mind drinking this again!
jkwood04 (3740) - 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.
patrick767 (3524) - 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 (3409) - 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.
Patrickctenchi (3390) - Cox’s 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 don’t really appeal to me too much...still, worth the experience.
jsquire (3386) - 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 (3352) - 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.
pantanap (3349) - 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.
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - 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.
joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to deyholla for the bottle! Pours very black and viscous with a huge brown head. The aroma is roasted with dark chocolate, salty smoked meats, pine and citrus. The flavor is very roasted with smoked meats, charred wood, with a mild citric bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation and full bodied.