jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is two big flavors meeting up. The strong dark malts get a tad overpowered by the huge floral, hoppy taste. In the end, the high ABV is hidden well and it’s pretty well-balanced leaning toward the hoppy side - real good beer.
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma & taste are much the same: big malts & hops: roasted malts, fruity, citrus, some pine. Medium body with a solid bite. Very good depth and very well balanced. I have not had that many Black IPAs but this one IMHO was excellent.
jnkor (333) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At first glance, wasn't optimistic, but taste was amazing. Aroma slight hippiness, maybe a little stale. Poured with a large head that quickly died off. Strangle color - more of a burgundy red. Hoppy with a bitter palate, not too sweet. Carbonation is light and refreshing. Stale aftertaste, but not too lasting.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily, hoppy, sweet brown mess of a brew. I liked it. It is kind of a brown imperial IPA; complex, velvety, and sweet. Nice palate. It’s super-hopped, brown in color, and retains a good bit of sweetness.
pressboxjoe (332) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Was looking forward to this since its announcement. Pretty and dark. Robust, balanced aroma, everything from celery to caramel to chocolate. Everything is amplified with this beer - big malt, big bitterness. Nothing really subtle about this beer IMO. Big flavor. Almost tealike in its dry bitterness. Actually kind of smells like a brewery - but its a mustiness I actually find appealing. I love this beer.
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very intriguing brew. Looks like a brown ale, but has a massive amount of hops thrown in. It taste is like a charred IPA or something. I will re rate this later.
coolfunnj (330) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a hop monster,of course but at 8.7 abv theres got to be a balancing caramel/roasty sweetness..piney aroma...nice looking good lacing easy to drink slight bitter finish..overall well balanced with upfront hoppiness on my first looking forward to the other 5
bconch (330) - - JUL 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taken from old notes. Deep ruby pour with a citrus nose. Taste is a smooth mix of bitter and sweet. Finish is long and bitter. Hides the 8.7% really well.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma is a wonderful bouquet of citrus, pine, and resin with a few roasted notes. This beer isn’t really black, but the taste certainly says Black IPA. A very nice marriage of dark roasted malts and high alpha hops with strong bitterness. This is good stuff.
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2010 Dark reddish-tinged brown with a small khaki head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Juicy hop aroma, more grass and citrus than pine. Nice toasted malt to go with it. Taste is dark roasted malt punctuated by a strong hop punch. The sweetness of the malts is definitely noticeable. Tons and tons of citrus hop flavor. Grapefruit and orange swim in a sea of toasty malt flavor. Nicely balanced. Smooth, medium body. Great showing from one of my new favorite styles.