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. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
12oz can. Dark brown, black color. light tan sticky looking head. Aroma of hops, mostly pine, some chocolate, dark toasted malts. Tastes of sweet malt, burnt (blackened) sugars, pine resin bitterness. Very nice. Enjoyable IPA, and it is Black too.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2011
Black, but not opaque, with a gopod-sized brown head. Minimal aroma. Flavor has more roasted malts than hops, with a little dark chocolate. Bricks (1119) - Delaware, USA - APR 7, 2011
First "Black IPA". Like a hoppy thin stout. Reminds me of a schwarzbier I’ve had, but happier. Not much on the aroma. Appearance is good.. dark. Liked the taste w/ a good palate. Recommended. bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
This is my first black IPA had it on tap. This beer was black in color but not a thick black color. The small was of hops and roasted malt. Not really hoppy but more sweet and roasty. Ok beer
beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
From can(though I swore to never patronize cans, but the bartender praised this so much, so I caved):
A=Beautiful pitch-black,with thick creamy tan head, with heavy lacing. Guinness??Guinness is mainstream crap.
S=Malts,chocolate,coffee, faint hops.
Upon sip, I can detect a fairly thin to medium body of same, with the can maybe getting in the way. I know there’s a reason I avoid cans, and recommend that all self-respecting brewers avoid cans. This is it. Light carbonation. Overall, decent, but the label says IPA, when it’s anything but.
A decent brew,but nothing I would purchase again. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Can at Clyde’s Rockville. Pours a thin black pour with a tan head. Not a lot of hops here. More like a chocolaty stout. Intense roast and maybe a bit of bourbon. Dry slightly metallic and fruity. Bitter chocolate roast finish. MehMe zizzybalubba (1862) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2011
12 oz. can from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Cola-like brown pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of floral hops with a light smokiness that eventually gives way to roasted coffee notes. Great integration of the hoppiness of an IPA with the smoky and chocolate malts in the flavor. A really nice interpretation of the style. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Another Black IPA. A pretty nice brew. Drinks smooth and has good malty flavor to it for an IPA. Not the best Black IPA but a really good brew. BelgianBeerGal (4039) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2011
12oz traded can. Wow, strong woody-pine aroma as you pop the top. Crazy black pour with a thick, foamy khaki head. Pretty tasty...starts with the hops and then finishes with the malt. Short finish with mild bitterness. Maybe a little thin in the finish but pretty neat brew.