tmoreau (2127) - 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.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Opaque deep brown body approaching black. Frothy, tan head, slowly diminishing. Very inviting. The aroma is pure stout with notes of roasted and burnt grain, mild coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. Just a hint of flowers and pine. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Long finish of bitterness which serves to remind you that this is an IPA, but it is no more bitter than many stouts. In fact, there are not a lot of IPA characteristics that come to the forefront. Flavor is overwhelmingly roast/burnt malts and bitterness.
kaser (2103) - 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
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bonus thanks to Stfun! Dark black pour, tons of carbonation and a slightly hoppy aroma. Flavor starts with dry roasted malts, coffee, smoke and slightly herbal on the finish. Very enjoyable and unique beer, worth trading for in my opinion.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler form the tap room in Indy. This is another in a long line of so so attempts. Really way more stoutish that anything. Seems to highlight roast more than hops.
Chudwick (1787) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours black with nice beige head and great lacing. Nose is chocolate and light spruce. Flavor adds roasted malts and coffee. Light sweet with stronger bitterness. Dry finish with roasty aftertaste. Smooth and medium to full body. Definitely liking the style more and more. Usually overlook the brewer, but Iíll keep an eye out now.
hombrepalo (1757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from a coworker. Poured dark brown with ruddy hues...very small beige head. Looks and acts like a porter but still has that IPA background. Aroma of sweet smoky chocolate malts and hints of hops. Simple yet very palatable. This drinks easy and smooth a taste of smokey and roasted malt. Clear your mind about this being an IPA. This black IPA isnít my first but sure has changed my preception of what black IPAs are.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Number One Snitches!!
Appearance: As I was pouring this in my pint glass, it totally reminded me of pouring a can of Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. It really looked like motor oil. Atop lies a thin tan cap of suds.
Aroma: Big roasty notes, like a dry stout or porter and a little bit of citrus.
Taste: A mouthful of coffee and dark burnt malts, piney bitter hops and citrus zest in the finish. The roast and burnt malts dominates the flavor for me. Please donít be grossed out, but when I burp, I get that hop profile that is dominated initially by the malt bill.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: If you take the name IPA off of the beer, and just worry about what it tastes, looks, and smells like, you have a champion. As far as Black IPAs, this was more black and less IPA than others I have tried.
rondphoto (1544) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I saw IPA, and expected lots of hoppiness. Instead, I got an opaque black, full headed, big-laced, bitter porter/stout (or whatever you want to call it). Itís refreshing to have a full dark brew that isnít run by coffee nad chocolate. Very drinkable, and a definite re-do.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is super chocolatey, some piney resiny hops behind the chocolate, but there is a ton of cocoa nibs and sweet roasted malts. Flavor starts sweet like cocoa powder, slowly gaining a sharp burnt character and then the citric and piney hops come to the front in the finish. Not too bitter, a little dry and fruitiness lingers. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Interesting beer. Not sure what to think of it, lots going on but it is fresh and quaffable.