Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Awesome beer. Foamy, light-tan head over an inky blackness -- deep brown under good lighting. Has an enticingly sweet, whiskey-like nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich and velvety. Loads of dark chocolate flavors complemented by hoppy notes of citrus and pine. Dry finish has the perfect amount of scorched bitterness to round out the sweetness. Warming and cozy alcohol lingers nicely. Loved it. jsquire (4525) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Dark beer with only hints of mahogany around the edges. Foamy beige head that left lots of sticky lace. Puffed wheat and roasted grain nose. Rich roasted grains chocolate, puffed wheat, popped corn, and hop resin. Really fluffy mouthfeel.SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Earlier Rating: 2/1/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Sampled at the ’09 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Very dark brown beer with a creamy brown head. Big grassy nose with some roasted grains and burnt toast. Lots of hops in here with candied grapefruit rinds, apricot and resin. Hot hop burn on the tongue. Balanced by roast grains and some bitter coffee, with a long burnt finish.
Pours nearly black with a cream colored head. Aroma has some earthy hops, lightly toasted malt, and some chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor is a nice balance of hops and full malts, creamy, lightly sweet, finishes bitter. A very tasty beer. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with creamy brown foam. Smells surprisingly like a barleywine with malts, hops and alcohol all blending together. Tastes very bitter, like an imperial IPA should, but doesn’t finish with the citrusy notes that hops often excrete, but the bitterness combines with the coffee aromas that the malts give. One of the best black IPAs I’ve had. rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Pours back with creamy tan head. Nice roasty chocolate aroma with no hop aroma. Very roasty, chocolate , coffee flavor. A little on the bitter side, but wouldn’t have guessed it was an IPA if I hadn’t seen the bottle. Enjoyed this a lot
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Courtesy of Pailhead. Black, beige head. Clean roast character up front in aroma, hints of pine, chocolate. Flavor has a heavy dose of bittering, not much for flavor hops. Again clean roast character with hints of chocolate. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Courtesy of Secret Santa December 2010ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle: The aroma has lots of chocolate and caramel along with some very faint pine. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights around the outer edges of the glass and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. The finish has light smoke and pine. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty tasty, but nothing really IIPA-ish about it...more like a hoppy porter.
Chocolate and roasted nose, just a touch of piney hops. The taste is rather sweet, lots of chocolate, some roast and coffee, some dark fruit, and a bit of citrus, but it’s light. There’s a solid bitterness, but overall this isn’t much of an IPA. mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Pours a slightly opaque black with hues of burgundy when held up to the light. A poofy tan head with very nice lace. Smell is rich of pine, with hints of metal, roast and cocoa nibs. Taste extremely roasty and chocolately up front with pine and spruce coming through at the mid, and finishing with more chocolate. Definitely less like an IBA and more into the stout/porter realm. Finishes surprisingly clean with a tiny bit of roast and malt linger. marcus (10349) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black with a rich tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a dark chocolate flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish. It’s an interesting combination of tastes.