esjaygee (3904) - 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.
LilBeerDoctor (3716) - 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.
tmoreau (3628) - 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.
queenholly (3623) - 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. Thereís something in the aroma very familiar, pulling up a long lost memory, but I canít nail the smell. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, and a light bitter hop finish. Very nice.
jake65 (3373) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Looks like a porter, plain and simple. Thin creamy brown head on a dark brown body... pure deception of whatís to come. Nose is light citrus and heavy roast, followed by a similar taste. Citrus, light floral twinge, heavy roast, and faint coffee. The florals really come through well and the roast right there. Nice interpretation of the style.
pantanap (3366) - 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.
SrSilliGose (3328) - 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" Iíve had.
Ha. read mikeís review after my own. Itís 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.
madvike (3192) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours black with a frothy brown head. Smells of peaty, smoky malt with some citrusy hops underneath it all. Taste falls a little flat, with lots of milkiness, the same smoky, peaty malt, and some herbal hops. Smooth and fairly full-bodied, this was pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the black IPA, but it was interesting.
Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The brew pours dark coffee brown with a tan head, smaller though. The aroma is smoky and light peat notes. The flavor is light coffee, roastiness with some light hop notes to end. I expected more hops in this style though, but it is smooth, and a bit creamy and delicious.
drpimento (3077) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good beer, but man on a mission of brutally dry and bitter? Christallmighty whoa The aroma is fresh. But while the flavor is true, itís still so over the top bitter, that you canít think of anything thing else.