tmoreau (4678) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying a darkest brown/mahogany hue, with tan, bubbles & cream head foam that morphed into a moussy layer, and left some clingy, wavey spray on the glass. The aroma was very unusual, and seemed to present a different note each time I elevated the glass to my nose. In no specific order, there was some roastiness, molasses, dark caramel, melon, prune, licorice, resin, and a slight chemical hint much like asphaltum. The flavor presented some tartness, vinous and tannin notes, and an earthy, very lingering, almost out of control hop bitterness that was somewhat harsh on the palate. The carbonation was soft, the body was better than medium, and the finish was decidedly bitter and dry. I had to sit with this one for awhile to contemplate the complexity, and although it started to grow on me, I wasn’t totally sold on the outcome. umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Black pour with a small amount of head. Nice aroma of roasted malt and floral hops. Taste is slightly sweet at first mixed with roasted malt and then the floral hops take over. Slightly dry finish with a hoppy aftertaste. A great example of a black ipa.
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Liked it so much on tap at the pub I got a growler to go. Pours a dark black but you can somehow tell it is not real thick as the look would imply. A very different mix of flavors from figs to burnt malt. In between the two extremes I got coffee, chocolate, and some type of resin like pine tar. Like I know what pine tar tastes like? The alcohol is all but hidden. The hops are strop but someone remain in the background. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
Nice piney and resinous nose. Pours an opaque black with a dusting of light tan head clinging to the side of the glass. This is black IPA that is ruled by the hops, strong pine and bitter notes, with just a hint of roast and chocolate in the finish. The bitter finish stays around for a long time, lingering. This is a solid IPA, it doesn’t have as much in the roasted notes that I look for in a black IPA. bwa5879 (961) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2012
On tap at Arcadia. Black appearance with slight brown hue and thin white head. Citrus-y flavor with full-bodied finish. Though last years batch was better, this is my favorite black IPA by a long shot.
kdmcguire10 (18) - Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle. gregwilsonstl (2689) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2012
Gorgeous black with a tinge of ruby when held to the light.
Dank grapefruit nose. Getting some tobacco notes. Unlike everything I’ve ever smelled. So intense for a Black IPA.
Taste is so unique. Hop citrus assault up front then you’re slapped on the back end like a stout almost (coffee, chocolate, and the tobacco).
Really nice texture and smooth finish. You don’t know the alcohol until you feel it at the end of your glass.
Home run from Arcadia. This should give them some recognition then deserve.
Very lasting bitterness. Roasty. Light lacing. Thin head. Dark brown. Good ipa. Very complex. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of malt, hops, pine, resin, and some roasting. Poured very dark brown/very deep orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, hops, pine, and resin. Medium body. Oily, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, pine, resin finish is lightly dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. mabel (9874) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
[4110-20111112] Tap. Maple-caramel-infused roasted bread aroma. Clear, dark red black body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head and some thick lacing. More mapled bread in the flavour with a bitter bite in the finish. Medium-full body. Seems in great shape, like the maple sugar hints with the sweetness that usually accompanies it. (7/4/7/3/16) 3.7 msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
(@ Ashley’s, Ann Arbor, MI)
On tap at Ashley’s Ann Arbor. Pours really dark brown to almost black with really light tan head. Aromas of bright citrus and piney hops, with some roast but a really nice hop presence. Flavor up front Is nice amount of roasty malts, with little bit chocolate, tons if piney and bitter hops, and there is some heat from the abc as well. Nice big black IPA. Really nice beer.