tjthresh (1863) - 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.
thedm (4852) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a beer festival poured a medium sized head of foamy with a frothy top fine to large sized dark brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black colored body and a very good lacing. The almost non-existant aroma was mild hop. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of dark malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured this 12 oz bottle into a paper cup in my hotel room in Indy. Visually, this manifests the stout-y characteristics of the style, with a black, opaque body and a thin khaki-colored head. The aroma and flavor both portend heavy roasted notes that reek of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. These dark, oily notes overpower the hops you expect from an ipa, making this less like a bipa or strong ale and more like a robust coffee stout. A nice beer, but seems like an ipa only in its body and tiny hints of grass in the nose.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a dark brown, almost black, color with a very fluffy tan colored head and some nice sheets of lacing.
S: The primary aroma is roasted malt with some coffee notes and a noticeably acidity.
T: Like the nose, the roasted malt is the primary component along with coffee, an acidic note, and a bitter finish.
M: The body is medium with a lively and tingly carbonation.
D: Not sure if the high carbonation and acidity were due to infection, but this one just seemed a bit "off". For a black IPA, this wasnít all that hoppy.
Block (1124) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of hops and pale malts. Medium body. Flavor is light mostly hopes and malts. Sweet finish.
AWISLguy (927) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours an oily black - opaque - with a porter foamy head. Aroma is oil, soy sauce, some roasted coffee. Flavor is oil, roasted malts, plus something slightly sour. A long bitter finish is the item that takes the taste out of the "thin stout" category and the only real hop presence detected. As it warms, even more thin stout-y.
Patrickctenchi (2504) - Coxís 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 donít really appeal to me too much...still, worth the experience.
yespr (28663) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and crisp hoppy. Dark malty, light metallic and crisp hoppy. Bitter and dry malty finish.
DrSilverworm (4021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, bottled November 2012. Black color. Good thin half-finger brown head. Good lace. Toasty, herbal hop nose. Medium body. Light carbonation. Kinda watery texture. Good roastiness, some light milk chocolate. Herbal, lightly earthy hop. Mostly sweet taste, light bitter aftertaste. Odd Black IPA. Strange watery character, and odd herbal flavor, but still hoppy, chocolatey, and roasty.. Still a black IPA.. just not my favorite example
dougdecinces (113) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Twenty Tap. Poured opaque black with mocha-tan head. Left good lacing. Hop aroma was there but not overpowering (It smelled like Columbus). Lots of dark, burnt, roasted aromas, but also sweet malt. It kind of reminded me of roasted marshmallows.
If I didnít know any better, I would swear this beer had smoked malt in it. Lots of bitter, smoky roasted flavors coming through.
I guess Iím not a big black IPA fan. From what I can tell, this is a good example of the style, but itís not my cup of tea.