Ratman197 (15616) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Can poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromasof roastiness, coca, earthiness and a hint of citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, earthiness, light roastiness and a hint of citrus with a crisp lightly dry earthy finish. Kind of a yawner, where’s the Hops? Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Can. Poured a very dark brown, with a nice big off white head. Nose is really nice mix of sweet caramel toffee-ish malt, piney hops. Taste is very nice mix of roasty sweet malt, pine hops, light citrus hops. Body is medium and the finish is slightly bitter. Overall, a nice and interesting brew. A great canned offering. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2010
THOUGHTS: Nice, but I’ve had better Black IPAs. Also, a great canned beer. Great balance. And great looking can. I gave it a bonus point for packaging.
TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a dark reddish brown that was nearly black in the glass with a large, tan head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy roasted malt; slightly lighter coffee; and grapefruit and orange citrus hops. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, slightly sour and moderately to rather bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, bitter with a long duration. The bitterness was not intense, but it was long lasting. There was roasted malt, coffee, citrus hops, sour oranges, orange rind and ruby red grapefruit. The bitter, roasted malt blended lovely with the bitter hops. The medium body was a little oily and then fairly dry with rather fizzy carbonation. emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Pours a dark black with copper edges and one to two fingers of creamy light tan head. Nose shows coffee and bakers chocolate with hints of citrus and pine. Flavor is fine, dark chocolate and kind of metallic,. Not very much black or IPA and not too awesome. Palate is weird, kind of slick. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Can pours a dark mahogany body that has some clarity when held to light. Large creamy tan head leaves patches and a collar of nice lacing. Aroma is pine hops and coffee. Medium to light medium on the palate with a slightly creamy carbonation. Lighter body than expected. Taste has a solid dark roasty malt base with notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, balanced by pine hop bitterness and a hint of grapefruit rind. This one was a pleasant surprise and is very drinkable.
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Can shared by emacgee. Dark brown with a steady white head. Super buttery and sweet nose, some plastic, light hops, phenols. Flavor is metallic, like sucking on a penny. I’ve done it so I know. This is not good. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
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juiceisloose (1603) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2010
The fact that I can have this beer in a can, is a wonderful thing. Not the best black IPA (still such a dumb style name for a beer, but...whatever) but it’s extremely quaffable. There’s a good showing of perky grapefruit sitting on top of the roasted malt profile. Some burnt sugar too kind of wafts up. Flavor is very well balanced with the sweetness and roasted notes of the malts and the juicy citrus/pine hop punch. The brewer found a nice way to keep all of these things in harmony. Appearance is pretty much black with some brown/ruby edges and a nice 1/2" creamy head with nice retention.
Draft at Ginger Man in NYC. Pours a dark mahogany brown color and topped by a smooth head of tan colored foam that settles quickly to a thin film. Some nice rings of lace coat the glass. The aroma shows a nice mix of bitter orange peel and resinous pine hops all atop a dry, roasty, dark chocolate malt base. The flavor follows and is very hop forward with the orange peel, grapefruit, and piney hop bitterness and then balanced out by the roasty, dark chocolate and toasted caramel malts. There is a nice fruity element as well that adds a touch of sweetness to balance out the roast and bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation that leads to a dry, roasty finish. This was a nice black ipa. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2010
can. dark brown body, medium brown head, below average retention. incredibly dirty black pepper phenols, american hops and butter in the nose. watery body, metallic and solvent-like texture. burnt butter and oil, dirty phenols and an unpleasant oiliness make this perhaps the worst in the style i’ve tried so far. kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 5, 2010
aroma is licorice candy at first, but there’s also a lot of roastyness--even a bit sour--and earthy hops with a bit of metal.
dark brown, though light around the edges, with thick billowy beige head.
flavor is a bit odd actually, sharply sweet in the middle and bitter in back.
a bit thin also, fairly high carbonation, finish is sour and bitter. i don’t like this very much, i think it’s too much roasted malt, giving it a sour flavor, like over-roasted coffee, and it’s also too sweet. all that really muddles any ipa that might be in there.