ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Practically black in color with a light brown colored head, this has an almost odd roasted malt character that’s a little sweet, a little roasted, and a little hoppy. It’s balanced, but there’s still something odd about its aroma. In the mouth it seems very much like a dark strong ale.
If you convince yourself that it’s not a double black, and rather just a straight up dark strong ale, this is actually a better beer. Now… let’s pretend this is a strong ale and get on with our lives. It’s nice. Smooth, roasted, strong. You can really pick up the alcohol in this. Nice, and easy drinking for what it is. mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2013
tap. pours light black with solid head. pine and earth aroma. taste is dry pine with a long bitter bite musinj6 (506) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Pours a dark, murky black with small head and small to medium lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, a hint of caramel and maybe a touch of coffee. Herbal citrus. Moderately bitter throughout. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Long, bitter finish predominated by darkly roasted malt. Pretty good. Theydon_Bois (19513) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle split at Tony’s house, traded with one of the NJ/NY crew I think - notes fail me but cheers to whoever, 19/05/13.
Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that clears to the edge and leaves a small film.
Nose is light on hops, roasty notes, bitter chocolate, dark toffee.
Taste comprises hops, pine, cocoa.
Medium bodied with fine carbonation, dry finish with some hop bitterness.
Decent enough CDA. Jabic (589) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Ar: Dark raisin, some spicy resinous hops, brown sugar, soy sauce.
Ap: Deep brown - small light tan head with decent retention and a thin foam ring and cover.
T: Raisin and brown sugar, some orange - medium-high bitterness, with a herbal edge - fairly sweet - finish is dried fruit and citrus.
P: Medium-full body with a high, very full and creamy, carbonation - finish is medium-dry.
O: Perhaps this bottle had too much age on it, but it doesn’t taste like much of a black IPA - however, it comes across as a pretty tasty robust porter.
JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Sample at the brewpub on 3/29/13. Dark reddish brown in color with a thick beige head. Aroma of malt, roast and earthy hops. Malty flavor with dank hops and a big roasty finish. pablo951 (672) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Had it on tap at World of Beer in Evanston IL. Poured a coffee hue with a light white head and thick even lacing. The aroma is very slight and the taste is IPA smooth. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
This poured a medium cloudy brown with a beige head. Aroma was soapy hops and cigarette ash. Flavor was ashy and soapy. Fairly offensive to the nose and mouth. Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, fruit, perfume, citrus, and pine. It pours a dark brown, but when held to the light, it;s an orangish-brown with some transparency. It has a one finger khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There is some very sporadic and thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of light fruit and chocolate. The chocolate builds into the finish and the fruit is quickly dominated by orange, orange peel, floral/ perfume flavors, pine, and roast. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, the fruitiness up front and the citrus/ pine/floral hops in the finish are strong enough that this is one of the few Black IPA’s that lives up to the name...as opposed to just another hoppy Porter. With that said, on the hedonistic scale, I like some of the "hoppy Porter" versions of Black IPA’s better. Ed5388 (3480) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours black with a thin light tan head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, with some dark chocolate like notes. Taste is citrus, roasted coffee, chocolate, and pine.