b3shine (7859) - Indiana, 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 (1361) - 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 (726) - 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.
deyholla (9811) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bloomington Brewpub. Poured a thick black with a nice thick dark brown head that laced nicely. Aroma had notes of pine hops with some underlying dark malts. Flavor began with a nice dark malt flavor, dark bread and a bit of roasted notes, but the pine notes become the main note towards the finish.
EithCubes (5458) - 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 ’Black IPA’ I’ve 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 doesn’t 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 it’s 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 IPA’s I’ve 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 (3183) - 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.
DalzAle (2020) - 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.
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, courtesy StFun. Pours a nearly pitch black color and topped by a nice sized dark tan colored head of foam that shows great retention. The foam slowly receds and leaves nice thin rings of lace around the glass. It looks great, almost like a stout, but just not quite as thick looking. The aroma shows notes of pine and floral hops, bitter, black malts, and roasted dark cocoa. There is some toastes caramel malt sweetness in the as well. The flavor follows and shows nice bitterness from the floral and pine hops along with a good amount of roast from the dark cocoa and bitter black malts. The toasted caramel adds a touch of sweetness, and the hops add more bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied on the mouthfeel, smooth, with balanced carbonation and a roasty, bitter finish. This is a nice, tasty version of the black ipa.
queenholly (3611) - 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. There’s something in the aroma very familiar, pulling up a long lost memory, but I can’t nail the smell. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, and a light bitter hop finish. Very nice.