Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown with a brown head that leaves lots of lacing up the glass. Aroma of pine, spruce, wood, roasted malts and a light bit of chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, pine, resin, spruce, roasted malts and a balanced bitterness throughout. Medium bodied ipa that shows excellent roast and malt character while balancing hop bitterness and flavor as well. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2014
draft at Coles in Buffalo NY. Nice Black IPA, solid roast, nice hop flavoe, fuller mouthfeel. Enjoyable Black IPA cards04 (2922) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
Pours a dark brown. Aromas are earthy and dusty and dank. Flavors are coffee and roasted malt...a touch of sweetness. Nice. northropfrye (3693) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Unusual black IPA. Very herbal a touch of citrus. Not very bitter. Still a decent beer. rayOfBeer (680) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Tap: black-brown with small off-white head. Piney roast grain nose with a little smoke. Flavor starts with bitter pine and grapefruit leading into a dark roasted, charred graininess. Nice overall hoppy bitterness with an okay smoky grain note. I could drink more of this beer.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2013
16oz on tap at the Moerlein Lager House. Labeled as 6.5% ABV. Black color. Thin off-white / khaki head, with good retention. Earthy hop nose, lightly spicy, some chocolate. Nice toasty chocolatey malt profile. Good lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, soft carbonation. Kind of a sticky, lingering finish. Good lace. Good light bitter taste, light herbal spiciness, moderate sweetness. Nice black IPA. jredmond (8645) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2012
Draft at gingerman. Pours a Deep brown with thick brown lacing. Aroma is lactose, roast, and light hop. Mouthfeel is creamy with notes of wet dog, sweet malts, light dark fruit, light bitter hop. Sort of unbalanced. jcweaver (770) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Draft. Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, grapefruit & pine and slightly sweet. Taste is the same.
SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Tap at Papago. Pours a hazy near black color with a foamy tan head. Aroma of pine and soapy hops, roasted malt and wood. Flavor starts slightly sweet and roasty and gives away to the lightly bitter hops. A decent brew. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Sampled at 1702, May 2011
1-finger, brown tinged, dark tan head, layered lacing nice. concentrated, burnt amber / black color, clear brown in light. lots big citrus hops, pine, tropical fruit (lychee, big floral apricot). malt plays supporting role, not really noticeable, perhaps touch toasted malt.
bitter hop and burnt grain bite. somewhat buttery hop character somehow, more dank herbal than buttery i guess. dank herbaceous and bitter hops lead flavor. roast, burnt toast in finish, touches of toasted whole grain bread. tropical fruit and citrusy hops here in flavor, but muted by roast malt, really wish it hadn’t; citrus more than tropical, Meyer lemon zest,really loses floral character. fairly light bodied, would be down right quaff, if not for harsher herbal and bitter notes; perhaps even a bit too thin seeming at times. herbal hop lean towards burnt pine tar, touch menthol and lots "hemp" oil dankness.
once again i find the dark / roast malt getting in way and harshing up an otherwise wonderfully hoppy beer. not bad, but bit cacophonous.