Scrapersnbeer (1465) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy aroma while also smokey, like burning wet grass. Not black looking, more like a brown ale with heavy lace. Blunt, hard bitter taste, mellower on finish. I find that the heavy hop content gives the dark roasted malts a scratchy feel in beers like this. Otherwise this is a thick filling beer. Victory!
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: Dark brown almost ruby red, 1 1/2 finger creamy off-white head. Smell: Citrus, mild grass, roasted malt, caramel sweetness, spiciness. Taste: Spicy hops, citrus, floral, pine in the burp, cherries, chocolate, caramel, smokey roasted malt, nice lingering bitterness. Feel: Medium-light body, soft carbonation. Overall: This was put together nicely. Nice bitter bite. Not really a "Black IPA", more of a "Dark IPA". One of my favorite seasonals. Recommended.
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown, two finger creamy head that clings nicely. Not much in the nose. Get the malts, hops but hops seem to lack the citrus. The first sip was quite bitter, but then things balanced out nicely with the malt sweetness, toasted malts coming through. Some grapefruit bitterness on the end. Pretty well balanced, not overly carbonated. A bit of warmth at the end. An enjoyable brew, will have again once in a while.
ttoadee (609) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, translucent pour with a minimal off white head. Looks stout, smells IPA . Malty, but bitter on the tongue. Incredible balance through the middle of roasted malts and full bodied hops. Chocolate roasted malt leads the way out hand in hand with the ever present hops. Try this, I waited too long.
artmcd8 (1496) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super hoppy IPA. Brown instead of black like I expected. Bitter more than citrucy hops.
Murrow (69) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours medium to deep amber with light tan head. Aroma of sweet, rich malt pairs nicely with sharp hops. Flavor opens with dry mix of rich, bready malt and piney hops. The malt character develops into a sweet caramel by the time the hops really kick in. The finish is grapefruit and spice. Medium to full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. A very flavorful and nicely balanced IPA.
Patrickctenchi (3401) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours solid brown with a tall, yellow-tan head.
Scent is caramel, toast, hos.
Taste is sweetly caramel, bread over a piney hop bitter.
Malty and creamy with a little spice.
Only noticed a trace of alcohol...
Very good stuff.
NikkTwist (1517) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Khyber. Poured a very, very dark ruby red with a frothy white head. Left delicate lace. Slim aroma but big flavors.Very, very hoppy. Huge "burnt" notes. Charcoal. Cigarettes. Coffee grounds. Tailpipe. Burned oranges. Toffee. There are some hints of sweet red plum malts swimming below the surface, but the burnt hops flavors above them are using machine guns to keep them down. Nice big Black IPA. Seems best just slightly chilled and taken in quick sips.
maxwelldeux (3452) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a very thick off-white head. Nice little bit of hoppiness, but smells very clean. Little bitter, but with some roasting in the taste and a light clean finish. Good drink.
pdx77 (1193) - Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Green Dragon for Black Friday. Really deep caramel flavor and nice hop profile. Almost veers into barleywine territory, which I enjoy.