Plovmand (8585) - Grindsted, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, citrus, light chocolate and pine. The flavour is pine, hard roasted malt, caramel, citrus and some coffee. Creamy texture. Bitter hoppy finish. Nice. JaBier (8156) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2010
On tap at Oskar Blues. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of grainy malt, roast and earthy hop. Bread flavor with roast, some earthy and grassy hops and a coffee finish. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
22. Pours nearly jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that really sticks around. Through a window, you could be forgiven for mistaking this for a stout. Breathing the same air, though, there’s no possibility for confusion. Smells like the most roasty delicious hop-forward IPA you’ve had in, well, days. They make a lot of these now, and, while this one keeps up with the pack, I won’t see it’s the class of the bunch. It’s "merely" very good. Nice big oily acidic pine and grapefruit nose. Shows a little boozy twang before it breathes for a while. Big creamy body, very satisfying right from the first sip. Roasty, toasty, caramelly, piney, grapefruity. Really a delicious beer. Long roasty bitter pine resin finish. Coherently integrated and still very bold and forward. Good stuff and worth revisiting.
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
On tap at stone. Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, raisins and citrus. Flavors of chocolate, roast, clean and dry. Floral hop notes. Lively bubbles. Nice. Sledutah (7789) - Utah, USA - AUG 15, 2011
22oz bottle thanks to Sparky
Ernest (7788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Appearance: Dark brown with a big foamy beige head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and pine resin
Taste: Full mouthfeel of dark roasted malts, coffee with a bitter finish
A very nice Black IPA, enjoyable and easy drinking
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, dark chocolate), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Unpleasantly sour in the mouth, and pretty one-dimensional aromatically. Bucket loads of raw/green hops and some charred grains is about it. Nice appearance and good mouthfeel are its strongest points. A clumsy rendition, but ok. AirForceHops (7679) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 5, 2015
650 ml bottle purchased at Specs in Austin, TX. Bottle date of : 04 05 15. Deep black pour with massive head retention that coats the snifter. Aroma some bold roasted notes with a light pine. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Body is full with a stout- like density and creamy mouthfeel. Yeah baby, That’s what I’m talking about right here!
The malts have a deep roasted character with some smooth chocolate notes that ends with a nice lingering pine bitterness that ends with the chocolate flavor coming back around to the taste buds. Very well crafted! I think this scores top in style for my own palate.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Clear ruby black color/ viscous tan head. Nice dusty black malt, caramel, chocolate, pine sap aromas. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Very good mesh of dry black malts, sweet caramel, pine sap, tropical fruit flavors. Enjoyed the draft version a little more than the bottled.
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The 2009 Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine fest. Dark brown with a tan head. Nice piney and floral hop aroma with roasty malts. Smooth medium body. Strong floral and pine hop flavors riding a caramel sweet and roasty malt base brew. Great mix of caramel, roast and hop flavors here. Alaskan needs to bottle this !
Bottle:   Deep deep brown, ruby highlights, moderate to large frothy beige head, fairly nice lacing.
Hoppy nose, slight roasted malts, carob, campfire, charred wood, and miniscule cow pasture.   Semi-sweet citrusy
hopiness, a little citrus rind, some astringency, touch of roasted malts.   For its color its not as roasty/burnt
as I would have thought.   Remains with the citrus rind towards the backside.   Body and mouthfeel are
moderate.   The 8.5% ABV is well hidden.   As this warms I get more lactose like cow pasture.   Body and
mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Remains citrusy, with a mild sweetness towards the finish.   Certainly more
towards a regular IPA than a Double IPA, and certainly not as "Black" as others.   Otherwise, not bad, clean, but
perhaps a simple Black IPA would be more appropriate. Patrickctenchi (6691) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Pours black, with a thick, creamy tan head.
Caramel, chocolate, cola aroma.
Taste is bitter, heavy dark chocolate malt, roasty...licorice, coffee.
Sweet, followed by a long, resiny bitter.