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. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2010
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Aroma – Nice hops aroma. Dark roasty malt.
Appearance – Dark brown in color, Clear, with a thin head.
Flavor – Roasty dark malt flavor and great hops. Great earth like flavor and smokey.
Palate – Dry finish with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall – Very tasty Dark IPA. Loved this beer.
Draft at PP Carlsbad. Dark brown pour. Mostly roasty dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, sweet malt, and finish with biting bitter piney hops. I liked it but the flavors clash harshly, not the best black IPA out there. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Big chocolate and citrus hops aroma and taste with a watery palate. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle: Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. The nose is nicely hopped and.... malted with a crisp floral citrusy hop note and a mellow roasty chocolate/carob nose. The flavor is balanced, chewy body and a creamy mouthfeel amongst a lightly bitter and somewhat astringent flavor. Malty chocolate and roast and grapefruit/pine notes. Great Black IPA.
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bomber shared by Malrubius I think. POurs a deep dark near black- oily, good frothy head- lasting. Aroma is toasty, nutty big chocolate followed by good grassy citrusy hops, orange, grapefruit and slight weedy dank hints. Flavor is chocolate, toast, grass, floral hops, resin and light pine. Solid easy drinking finish- pretty fresh and good overall. IndianaRed (5035) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2010
On tap at The Front Door in Boise ID. Black, duh. with a thin dense an head. Subdued hop aroma for an IPA. Rich sweet and it’s of candy licorice and spices. Modest hop flavors would be a generous appraisal. Soft smooth feel and soft carbonation A strange but pleasent black beer. travita (5008) - 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. SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle: Poured a pitch black with a light brown creamy head. The aroma is nice hops with roasted malts. Taste is an edgy hops bitter, little spice, and roasted maltiness. presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2011
Tap at Brouwers. Black with very thick lasting brown foam. Dark malt chocolate and hop scent. Chocolate IPA taste. Lots and lots of bitter chocolate and hops. A delicious beer.