picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Bottle. Thanks JM. Aroma- Rounded malty sweetness with a floral hoppiness. Apprearance Hazy mohagany color with a thin tan head. Taste starts with a slight sweetness with a little caramel some hop flavor. Finishes somewhat dry with a firm bitterness. Smooth medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Overall a nice malty beer with a plenty of punch from the hops.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted malt with sweetness on the aroma. Hops are piney but subdued. Pours a deep mahogeny with thick pillowy taupe head. Caramel and chocolate start; bitterness arrives late but no real hop flavor to be found. Thick body that finishes quickly. Roasted malt and nuttiness make this more like a bitter imperial brown.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks bro! Pours dark ruby to brown with a wet tan head. Sweet malty and hop aroma. Initially very hoppy and bitter but mellows out into a warm woody finish with some lingering bitterness. Slightly sharp but foamy. Haven’t had too many black IPAs but I think this was a good choice.
GSH1976 (187) - Delaware, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small amount of off white head. The aroma is sweet and dominated by roasted malt with a little caramel and hoppiness mixed in. The body is medium and the taste is slightly bitter with a good mix of malt and hops as well as some coffee notes. This is much less hoppy than your typical IPA and I would best describe it as a combination of a hop devil and a storm king. As a matter of fact, the aroma is almost exactly the same as a storm king. I like it.
pressboxjoe (186) - , 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.
scooter520 (185) - - JAN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Cap Ale. Really great! Perfect malty, hoppy balance. Caramel, nutty, effervescent. I really liked this one.
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tripelthreat (181) - Soquel, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle into tulip. A medium sized light tan head briefly tops a ruby brown body. Aroma is mildly piney, with some roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is mostly bitter, citrus pith and pine is somewhat harsh, a little grassy, nutty with underlying sweetness. Medium full and smooth carbonation. A bit of a chore at times and lacking cohesion. Not so harmonious a resolution in this battle.
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft, Dark copper to light brown with a tan head and some decent lacing. Floral notes on nose with an interesting malt to caramel touch. Mouthfeel is medium bodied while starting on the hoppy side and finishing on the sweater side with front tongue feel.
reverendj (180) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
MMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Black IPA is an unfair label to hang on this fine brew. Burnished ruby on the pour with a firm cap of eggshell foam that will float a cap. Very piney aroma with a solid whiff of caramelized sugar is my take on the nose. While this is not really a winter warmer, it fills the bill in the temperate climate of coastal Georgia. There is a heavy dose of sweet malt here balanced nicely by the juicy hop bitterness with hints of cocoa and smokey peat. Victory should brew this year ’round!
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark amber with a good 2 finger loose head that was pretty slow to fall and greyish beige in color. the body is a beautiful deep maroon amber with very few bubbles showing. the aromas are a hoppy malt scent with some some in your face fruit and sugars with a little bit of beet or prune. it is medium bodied and is almost like a westcoast style american strong. i taste a lot of full malt with an awsome balance of hops coming in when it finishes. it finishes buttery and clings and has a really nice aftertaste which is kind of sweet. nice beer from PA.