574deadzone (769) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve been seeking out Black IPAs (CDAs, IBAs, what the hell ever) and so I found a local one. This was black as night like i wanted, and the malt bill was fairly clean, just a hint of roastiness. The hops werenít big enough, which might just be my busted nose, but I didnít get a big blast of grapefruit or pine like I wanted. This was a nice, easy going beer, sessionable at 6.5% and fairly bitter on the end, but I wanted more oomph I guess. Not bad though.
Acknud (1036) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful pour. Black with a frothy head. Aroma is of roasted malt. Itís taste is a little too dry for me. Not much sweetness but the hops come through at the end.
Ungstrup (27791) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A black beer with a huge dark brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and citrusy hops, leading to a bitter roasted finish.
joergen (18930) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at PapsÝ.
Black coloured with a huge beige head.
Light roasted aroma of liquorice, vanilla, hops and pine needles.
Roasted flavour of liquorice, hops and citrus peel.
b3shine (3580) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster. Looks good; pitch black with foamy beige head. Smells and tastes malty and hoppy (in that order) with some roastiness. Good on the palate. A good example of the style.
Onslow (1020) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Inky black brew with small tan head. Aroma is nicely balanced between roasted malts and moderate hops. Taste is like a hopped up but balanced stout or porter. Surprisingly nimble on the tongue and not heavy with either hops or heavy malts, this is a blend of sweet malt, dark roasted malt with bitter coffee and chocolate overtones and well balanced hops at the end that merge perfectly with the bitter malt tones. The lavender in the very finish was a surprise - quite noticeable though I did not identify it till I read the description. Truly a unique brew.
Daytonbeer (521) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with tan head and nice lacing. Aroma of licorice and pepper. Taste is chocolate, toffee, coffee, and spicy. Nice BIPA.
EithCubes (4420) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, label is super heavy cardstock or something. Nose has lovely pine and citrus from the hops with mocha and light porterish roast notes, with just a hint of socky must, resultant blend is exquisite, probably the first íBlack IPAí Iíve had to really emphasize the darker side of malt in the nose (as opposed to using flavorless de-bittered black malt). Pitch porter body with a dark brown imperial stout head. Taste is dark and very dry, light citrus from the hops is not sweet in the sugar way, but adds accent. Smooth, lasting ash for once doesnít taste like it came from a cigarette, pine and caramel picking up in the midbody after a few ounces and soon roughhousing in the back. Very faint dark chocolate. Touch of rubber-glove astringency in the medium body that seems to be more appropriate to a double IPA, and a little too tannic-y. I like this a lot, but itís missing something in between the two styles to tie them together (maybe tweak the hops?); this tastes more like a blend of two individually-made beers than a product of itself created synergistically.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#10 to make it official. Taster at the Upland tasting room in Indy. Pours extremely black with thin tan head. Of all the black IPAís Iíve tried so far, this one more than any could be easily mistaken for an I.S. Nose is mainly rich, strong coffee. Flavor is bitter/burnt coffee with a decent mix of bitter hops and nice malt backing. The taste leaves a bitter, dark, dryness lingering behind. Much, MUCH better than the regular Dragonfly IMHO. And I have to add that the Artwork would make Strongbad proud.
madvike (2403) - 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.