Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
Dark brown with a tan head that lasts for quite a bit, good lacing. Aroma is of floral hops, burnt sugar, chocolate, and some smoke. Flavor is quite complex with hints of coffee, lactic acid, burnt sugar and a light hop finish. Light/medium bodied, a tad too sweet. JDBaker11058 (2336) - Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2011
Appearance: dark mahogany with nice ruby highlights; one-finger light beige head that slowly shrinks; spotty fluffs of lace. Aroma: citrus and flowers, then pine, then graham crackers, baker’s chocolate and raisins. Taste: assault of flowery pine, with bready, toasty sweet malts vying for supremacy with bitter citrus soon thereafter. Finish: long and bitter, though not as bitter as a traditional IPA; piney burps for awhile. Notes: I do not care for IPAs. Nonetheless, this one was pretty darn enjoyable. I really liked the more toasty, assertive malt backbone, with good bready sweetness melding and fighting with all the aromatic and bitter hops. The nose was complex, the palate creamy and full yet also light and smooth. Nickls (2577) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2011
Tap. Nice light khaki, creamy head that provides nice rings of lacing. Dark, dark brown color. Citrus hop profile, but pretty light here, some burnt biscuit (not in a bad way), and toast. Taste is fairly hoppy with some roast and chocolate notes. Thinner body, but not as hoppy as others in the range. Solid, though. cfrancis (3536) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
Pours a midnight black with a slightly off white head. Aroma is citrus hop and a tad floral. Taste is big citrus hop and a little cherry cough syrup in the aftertaste which is unfortunate. The hop bitterness is great, tastes like a normal IPA but black. Missing the roasted malt that I’d look for in a black IPA. ajd6c8 (70) - USA - APR 23, 2011
Decent beer. To me, this "Black IPA" just tastes like a watery stout with 65 IBU’s and a good hop presence. Roasted malts, licorice, touch of ginger. Glad I tried it finally, but I’ll be heading straight for the Sublimely Self Righteous next time I have this craving.
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
From can. Sweet roasted malt aroma, like a Schwarzbier, chocolate and molasses. Nice hoppy nose, grassy with some citrus, bit of carbonic gaseousness. Dark black-brown clear with thin foamy tan head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with roasted flavors, malt sweet notes, chocolate and molasses. A bit of coffee bitterness and light acidity. Decent hop flavor with rounded bitterness toward the finish with nutty roasted bitter after. Very drinkable. beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2011
The Pour is black with one finger of beige head, lasting through out. Light lacing. Nose is floral hops, pine, roasted malt, and light caramel. Taste is very similar to the nose. A nice Balance of roasted malt with the mild hop finish. Light to Medium body, makes this a beer I can drink often. Nsanders (1162) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
As i was pouring this from the can, i thought that i might be about to drink a coca cola by appearance. Had a very piney, black licorice aroma. Medium bitterness with a lighter medium body. Had been meaning to try this one for a while, and wasn’t as impressed as i was hoping. Cool artwork though. murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 14, 2011
Pours dark brown / black with a bit of light brown head that clings to the glass. Aroma is definitely on the malty side with some roasted malts and chocolate, a bit of earthy hops as well. Taste is still malty with some caramel and more chocolate, light herbal hops on the finish. To be honest, I’m not sure I would have guessed this was a black IPA if I didn’t know, I found the hops to really be dominated by the malt. Still a solid beer though. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2011
Thrilled to find this in Ohio; further thrilled that it is in cans! For some reason craft beer in the Columbus area seems old or abused by the time it makes its way into my hands. I had recently made a Black IPA of my own, and had heard a lot about this and wanted to see how my mine stacked up.
And they are quite different! This beer differs from other IPAs in more ways than just color. It is (of course) dark and nearly opaque, but the dark color betrays a ton of dark roast chocolate-y aroma and flavor. It is far more chocolate-y and deeply malty-sweet (like a malted milkball) than my beer turned out. This chocolate and maltiness was balanced out by a slammin’ amount of citrus-y hop character. The beer is plenty hoppy, but I’d say it is skewed more towards the chocolate/malt end of the spectrum than the hoppy side of things.
Mouthfeel is pretty good...a touch thick and chalky feeling. Until I can make another BIPA, I’d buy this again.
I bought this 6-pack at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus, OH.