Pinball (12598) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
clear very dark amber, smooth light brown head.
very nice roasted and hoppy aroma,
flavor is much more roasted and stout like than the aroma.but it tastes real good. roasted stuff, hoppy balance, flowery notes from the hops. very dry. very good. madsberg (11798) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
Bottled. Deep burgundy coloured. Light brown head. Aroma of roast, liqourice, herbs, vague smoke. Flavour of caramel, roast, herbs, light sweetness, vague spice and vague smoke. Medium to full bodied. Dry herbal bitterness with a roasty touch. Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of scrizzz. Pours a very dark mahogany with a warm reddish hue and a small beige head. Hard roast and juicy hops in the nose. Medium body, again a solid roastiness, dark fruits and a massive bitterness. Somewhat citric also. The finish clearly has some roasted malty bitterness as well. 221110 highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Deep balck with cocoa colored head. Nice aroma but dominated by alcohol. Would like some more hop aroma. Flabor though is great. Hoppy with good body. Nice finish too. Nice balck ipa. onceblind (10862) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Pours out pitch black with a light chocolate milk-brown head, very thick, much like a stout. And the aroma is super enticing. Deep green grassy hops, with just a hint of cocoa and molasses. Taste is out of the ordinary indeed, as this is my first Black IPA and I didn’t know what to expect. Massively hopped, yet not too bitter. Odd. The molasses from the nose comes back, with a certain nuttiness and smoked toffee. Same bitterness as a harsh porter, but with a greater hop profile. Odd, yet delicious! I can see myself liking this style. Supremely balanced with enough of a malt backbone to combat the hop onslaught, and easily drinkable. Velvety and smooth texture. Just a good beer. The only downside is that the finish has a certain sour quality about it.
Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
One of the better Black IPAs, now that the style has gone mainstream. Flavor of wood, a little smoke, hops (grassy and dank) and chocolate. Finishes dry. Pretty good stuff! Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with a little bit of pine. This does not smell like some of the hoppier Black IPAs that I have tried.
The flavor is like the smell. I get quite a bit of roasted/burnt malt and chocolate, with some piney hops. I also get some cream in the flavor and a low amount of bitterness.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. daleharshman (1080) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Draft at Stone Bistro. Pours a dark cola brown hue with fluffy khaki head. Aroma is on the weak side but has some hop notes present (pine) and also dark roasted malts. The flavor has notable dark bitter chocolate up front. Then it moves into notes of thick sticky hoppiness with some pine and citrus. There’s bittereness here and it’s hard to know if it’s coming from the dark roasted malts or the hops (or both). The creamy mouthfeel is more reminiscent of a stout. And there is more of that confusing bitterness in the finish along with more bittersweet chocolate and some black coffee. This is more like a hoppy stout or porter than what I think of as a black IPA. This is decent, but there are better examples of this blended style. (51, 413) scoth (692) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Pours dark and inky, no light makes it through the glass, medium tan head, fine lasting lacing. Aromas of chocolate, grass, coffee, and vanilla. Medium body, dry, smooth and velvety. Some initial sweetness, but also a light coffee dry bitterness, then a bit more sweet midpalate, finishes with a strong bitterness and a woody note. Atom (2594) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bomber pours black with large fluffy brown head. Aroma is citrus, pine and floral, with some roasted malts behind all around cherry sweetness. Taste has up front roasted and chocolate malts, smoke, aftertaste has a slight hop bitterness like an IPA. Taste has a nice balance in aroma between dark malts and IPA however it doesn’t transfer to the taste. Still a nice beer though.