AirForceHops (4233) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Queenholly. Bottle in Nov 2012. Hops are falling off for sure but the brew still turns out really well. More like a stout now in my glass. Nose is chocolate malt dominated with hints of pine. Lots of Earthy herbal hints in this brew with a strong amount of chocolate malt. Burnt roasted malts. After half the glass I had to read the commercial description. Seeing they used lavender makes all the herbal notes make sense. The bitterness is more from the herbal then hoppy. I feel like a broken record. Did I happen to mention that itís herbal? Still even a slightly old bottle is pretty good.
Marko (4220) - 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 isnít 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 wouldnít mind drinking this again!
boFNjackson (4188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured dark brown (not quite full black) with a thin head. On par for the style, but no wow factor here. Not enough bitterness or dark malt flavor to make it stand out. And I didnít get much lavender there either. If youíre into BIPAs/CDAs then this will do it for you, just donít expect it stand out.
joeneugs (3981) - 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.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a thin tan head that slowly fades into as thin layer that reminds me a bit of chocolate milk. Aroma of dark malts with some citrus and pine behind them. A bit of roasted malt comes through as it warms, some coffee too. Taste is more black than IPA with dark roasted malts, coffee (acidic), a touch of caramel. Light citrus and pine intermingle, though they are a bit milder than other versions Iíve had of the style. Faint non-lasting bitterness finish things off.
kaser (3832) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on draft at the Tipsy Cow in Madison. Local brewery I hadnít heard of. Orange clear pour with white head. Delicious fruity and citrix taste, hoppy, perfect balance. Loved it
zach8270 (3802) - 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 @ Montyís 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.
patrick767 (3724) - 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 OíDonnelllís 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.
jsquire (3694) - 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 í13 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.
LilBeerDoctor (3514) - 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.