jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2011
2011-11-12. Very dark brown, soft creamy beige head and lace. First sip is really strange. Soft sweet malt, fruity character, bit of sugar. Fruit that I can’t put my finger on. Caramel/brown sugar notes, hint of something that is not cherry but that’s the word I come up with. Mild aroma, fruit, mild dusty malt, ephemeral whispers of cocoa. I like it but it is not what I expected from a black IPA at all, and not particularly bitter. On tap at Ashley’s, Ann Arbor
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2011
On tap at the French Laundry. Oh man, this is good. A fresh grassy, roasty flavor that was well balanced with a wonderful aroma. HopBurp (74) - Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2011
On tap at Ashleys Ann Arbor. Awesome black IPA--huge nose of citrus hops. Bold hop flavor back nicely by the dark malt. Really enjoyed this patrick767 (4197) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2011
tap at Hopcat last summer, 8.5% abv - Dark amber brown pour with a lasting off-white head. It smells of roast malt and citrus hops. The flavor is very bitter but supported well by the dark roasted malt. There’s a long bitter finish for this medium to full bodied brew. Very good. flatmatt (1608) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2011
On tap. Pours a dark brown with a white head. Brown sugar aroma with roastiness. Flavor has light coffee, roastiness, and floral hops, solid hop bitterness. It’s decent.
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2011
this shit is underrated. nice hoppy black glass of shit. it’s legit. try it. you’ll see. you bastard. pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On draft at The Green Well. Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head that leaves a little lacing down the glass. Nose is some-what muted, but I can smell some citrusy and resinous hops, maybe a little pine. There’s also some chocolate, roasted malt, caramel malt. Medium bodied, pretty well carbonated, with a decent finish. Definitely hop forward in the flavor with a strong, but not overly assertive bitterness. As it warmed, the caramel malt started to upstage the hops. A little bit of roast in the finish. Being a double, it’s a little out of the style of a black IPA, esp. regarding the sweetness and body. It was enjoyable, though. A good effort by Arcardia to work with this emerging style. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Draft at Hopcat back during RBSG 10. Pours brown black with tan head. Nose is spicy hops, some citrus and a hint of roast. The hops aren’t loud enough to make this work. Caramel and bitterness in the taste. Severely lacking in finesse. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
pours dark brown small head. nose is red fruity. flavor red fruits, caramel, loads of crystal malts, thought this was more of a dark double red than blk ipa klingea1 (28) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2010
On tap at HopCat. Pours a thin black with off white head, sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Citrus and pine aromas on top of dark malt. A nice IIPA held together by toasty malt.