RobertDale (2631) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, citrus, caramel, and grass. Taste is roasted malt, citrus, caramel, grass, and pine. Interesting and different.
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle. Poured a brown in color with small thick head. Aroma was sweet with biscuit and bread, some caramel. Taste follows with a little bitterness.
ryanscourt (471) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wouldnt call this a black ipa, reminds me more of an india brown ale. Nontheless, nice malty flavor with balanced hop difference. Hops are nice at the end but dont overpower the nice malt body.
joshwoodward (417) - - JUL 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013 Had a taste of this on tap from Alexandrias in Findlay. Definitely on the sweet side, maybe not fresh, but solid. Citrus hops.
chinchill (1018) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle (suspected of being ~ at best by date) served in a snifter.
A - hazy, dark mahogany; a few drops of sediment at the bottom of the bottle were added and allowed to settled in the glass. Tan head of moderate size and retention.
S - earthy; malty; toasted grains; less hoppy than expected or remembered. Rich, attractive and interesting aroma with a nice toffee/chocolate tone.
T: Interesting and moderately strong flavor profile, with a pronounced and complex hop component well balanced by a substantial roasted malt base. A surprising earthy and roasted malt flavor (with some hoppiness) lingers in the mildly bitter aftertaste. High ABV not obvious.
Light-medium carbonation; Full body.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a big hoppy nose. Hops and a light roasty malt flavor dominate the flavor profile. Overall very very good.
DCLawyer (1168) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->SA. Medium brown with thick lig tan head. Aroma: sweet malt, nuts, bread, caramel. Taste: sweet malt and citrus hops, with a bittersweet finish. Just OK.
ThreeCats (488) - ISRAEL - JUN 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big tan head over amber-red body (thought this was suppose to be a black IPA?) Aroma of grass and lemony hops and some oxidation and chalk. Taste of big bitterness upfront and more bitterness afterwards. Roast and coffee (doesn’t come out in aroma much, but in flavor) palate hoppy and roasty
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The description says this is a "heavyweight battle between Yakima hops and dark roasted malt", battle over, hops crushed malt and not in a good way. Pours a dark brownish, strong hop persents. Taste comes through with strong piney, resiney and bitter. Great label, down hill after that.
salishan1969 (16) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was my first Black IPA, it’s pretty interesting, Thin head with nice lacing very rich sort of medium hazy brown color. The taste is typical IPA, maybe mellowed slightly with a "roasty" almost coffee-like characteristic.