ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Dry and lemony IPA wrapped in a caramel malty disguise. Twelve oz can pours dark dark brown with a thick off-white head that mostly fades leaving plenty of lacing. Aroma is roasted grains and sweet caramel with a whiff of piney hops. While the dark body color might lead you to expect a heavy taste, B&B is instead light on the tongue, with bread, grapefruit, lemon, light malt, and a touch of tangy sourness. The finish is dry, with hints of coffee. Tmoney99 (14372) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Can. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate earthy hop and toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where exceeded. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2010
draft at bar great harry, brooklyn- now we’re talking- very, very tasty- hops and roasted dark malts in perfect balance- something other "black ipas" are having difficulty doing. quite delicious. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2010
On tap at Lazy Boy. Pours very dark brown with thick brownish head. Aromas of roasted malts, some chocolate, resiny hops, and some pine. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, light hops, light citrus, and some pine. Lots of roasted malts with the hops in the background. italianjohn (3113) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Dark brown pour coke like with beige head ... lots of creamy lacing .... roasted malt and citrus hop aroma ....... taste of sweet caramel malt and light bitter hop feel with some citrusy hops but more roasted malts .... a smooth and creamy brew no trace of abv ...... just missing that balance of hops .. this ones more roasty i agree with everyone who says its more of a porter/apa mix
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Can. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and oily hops. Appearance is an opaque dark brown/black color with an inch of creamy light brown head. The taste starts off with a slightly acrid and burnt roast malt flavor immediately followed by resiny hops, lemon citrus and light roast coffee. It’s kind of like a Porter that’s been infused with a small dose of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is dry and medium-bodied with normal carbonation and a malty finish. Ultimately, the IPA gets overwhelmed by a barrage of charred and roasty malt and coffee flavors. manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
Can from Bottleworks in Seattle. Pours black with a beige head and some lace. Muted hop aromas, floral, roasted malt, and an almost apple-like smell. Starts out tasting like a porter and ends like an IPA, moving from chocolate and caramel into floral with a grapefruit finish. Very good. adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 19, 2010
12 oz can. Pours a deep mahogany ruby color with a large foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, pine and hops. Taste of roasted malts, pine, hops and faint charred citrus. Lowe1983 (1589) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of citrus hops, caramel malts, and a little chocolate malts. Flavor is similar but a little lighter then I was expecting. Nice bitter finish that doesn’t really linger. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. can at Fireworks
Aroma: The nose is a bit doughy with notes of pine and some soap. Maltier than I was expecting.
Appearance: It pours a hazy, dark brown with a two finger, creamy, dark tan head. Nice head retention and lacing.
Taste: The flavor confirms the suspicion about the malt from the nose. I would almost say that the malt plays a greater role in this brew than the hops do. There are notes of pine, soap, chocolate malt, and a touch of roastiness. It comes across as somewhat simple.
Palate: Medium bodied with average carbonation and a medium, slightly bitter finish.
Overall: This one is more pale ale than IPA. Rather ho-hum. I would compare this more to a porter crossed with an APA.