joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
On draft at Tap 25. It pours very dark brown with a light brown head. The aroma has strong mango, grapefruit, passionfruit and pineapple with hints of cocoa, roasted malt and pine. The flavor has fruity hops up front with more bitter piney and roasted notes coming through near the finish. Some caramel malt is tasted and felt in the body. Nice fruity hops persist throughout the mouthfeel. Very intense and a little too much bitter pine in the finish, but still a tasty high gravity black IPA. That can be hard to pull off. SG111 (1974) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2015
On tap at the brewery, called bike lane hopper. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma is really balanced between malts and hops. A lot of roasted quality with chocolate. Flavor is very roasted and tons of chocolate and hop bitterness, as well as a bit of coffee bitterness. Excellent balance. Good. TEJA (3200) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2014
Draught at 21:st Amendment in San Fransisco.
Big long lasting brown head. Dark red-brown color. Huge citrus aroma with just a bit of dark roasted malt aroma. Bitter and big hop taste were the bitterness lingers long. Small taste of chrystal malt blended with chocolate to give a complex taste mix. The best black IPA I’ve tried so far. BlackHaddock (7583) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2013
10% ABV version at the brewery tap during ’Strong Beer Month’ on 5th Feb 2013.
Black body with a deep tanned head on top.
Roasted and toasted malts rule the flavours here: the nose and taste completely controlled by those slightly singed malts, dark chocolate being the dominate taste and smell. Hop bitterness however is just below the surface and comes out slowly towards the end of each sip.
OK and different (to a Brit on holiday), not the best beer I had during a long and heavy session in the tap, but certainly not the worst either. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2013
Draft. Medium beige head atop cola red-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, light bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, some caramel, light milk chocolate. Medium-full body, some stickiness, low carbonation.
jredmond (8517) - New York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Pours a deep brownish black into the snifter with a ton of brownish lacing. Aroma is light rOast and hop. Mouthfeel is medium to creamy with notes of hop, bright roast and light cocoa. Okay Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2013
Draft. Black color, brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of chocolate covered Christmas trees. Taste is smooth roasty caffe macchiato and bitter cocoa. A beautiful experience. anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty piney hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy piney grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter licorice finish. oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
On tap at capitol beer. Pours jet black with egg shell head. Aroma is slight pungent hops and roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt with a nice balance of fruit hop flavor coming threw. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Roasted malt, licorice, molasses, and cocoa aromas to start. Some toffee sweetness, citrus, floral, and herbal hops. The flavor is a bit too malty and sweet for my taste. Molasses and toffee, roast, licorice, and cocoa. Decent citrus peel, floral, and herbal hops. Mild pine flavor and bitterness.