jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
22 oz bottle. Black with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of pine, sourdough bread, herbal tea. Taste is of roasted malts, pine, bitter florals, herbal notes. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle. The look is dark, beige colored head, cola colored. The smell is malt, roast, coffee, fruit, bread, and raisan. The taste is really roasty, hops, biting, bitter, pine, and good. crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Draf.t HArd to say anything good or bad about it. A more chcolate forward black dipa, decently bitter and balanced but not exciting. Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
The nose is subtle with malt sweetness being the most prominent aroma. Pours a thick brownish-black with a non-lasting tan head and minimal lacing. The tastes is roasted malts, chocolate, hints of lactos and pine. Pine and wood are noted in the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, good and quite drinkable, but I liked 5 Stone Firefly better - more robust flavors. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle pours a dark reddish brown brew with an off white top. Roasted malts in the nose with pine. Taste follows with pine up front. Nice bitter finish.
thorongil2 (3074) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
(tap) clear, very dark brown colour with a small, brown head; aroma of roast, stewed fruit; thick palate; rich, balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish; very nice gkeh (482) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Dark cola pour, tan foam head. It leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is bright citrus notes with undertones of roasted coffee and chocolate. very nice black IPA. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Stamped in white at bottom right corner, says "040515", it’s a best by stamp, no worries.
This was poured into a snifter because it’s considered an imperial black ale.
The appearance was a pure black color with a soft off white to tan filmy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing clung and slid adequately. The smell started off extremely piney and sharp in a bitter citrus department. As it warmed, a light sweet bitter and somewhat dark chocolate malt entered in lightly.
The taste was bittersweet - tried and true - all the way, nice sweet to bitter dark chocolate over top of a combined pine/citrus. Nice sweet and bitter chocolate to citrus aftertaste leading to a semi-dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was actually somewhat subdued, somewhat smooth.
Overall, honestly, this was a pretty good black ipa. I’d definitely have it again. beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Nice black pour with a small brown head. Nice citrus and chocolate on the nose. Flavor matches, roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, and some bitterness. Very nice. slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"eh. this one had promise, though at $8-9 bucks a pop, it’s overpriced. nice smell and look. smooth too. but the combo of spicy floral hops and dark fruit malts just doesn’t quite work for me in this one. an ok beer at a premium. "