jrmac (333) - 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.
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.
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.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
6 pack from North End Market. Poured into shaker. Pours a clear orange/amber with a deceptively aggressive tan head that holds and laces nicely to the finish. Pretty uncomplex with alcohol upfront in both aroma and flavor. Some background notes of light malts and a bit of dry finish with bitter hop aftertaste. A great 6 pack for sure.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Naked City’s Victory Night for SBW. Pours dark red with a decent off-white head. Strong barleywine-like hoppy strawberry caramel aroma and taste. Smooth with a malty pine finish.
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; cloudy red to brown with small pale brown-gold; aroma-, caramel, resin, pine, sweet; taste-medium sweetness and bitterness, fizzy, full body,long finish, mostly bitter. Delicious mixture of heavy Malta and good hops.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours transparent brown with a hint of red. Aroma is a combo of citrus and floral hop notes. The flavor has a nice malt punch followed by a slightly bitter hop finish. Good mouthfeel. Solid.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown hazy pour-taste of citrus, grass, floral, big bitter hop finish
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010 Pours a dark red; citric aroma. This is essentially a very hoppy barley wine, or a double ipa with big malt front. Hops don’t feel fresh here, but I’m getting a more floral variety of the hop. Barley wine style caramel malt balance with a double ipa aggressive hop finish. The hops and malt intermingle to get an almost watermelon jello taste at times. Orange rind flavor comes out as it warms, 8.7% is not detectable. No real roast, or stout characters. Quite good, strong beer.