stevoj (5049) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Draft at Taphouse. Blown away....This is near perfect.Black pour, with creamy beige head, lacing covers the glass. Huge roast aroma, some chocolate sweetness. Taste is spot on, big roast grains, hops, some vanilla, some chocolate. Bitterness lingers forever, along with some nice dark chocolate flavors. Loved this. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - APR 26, 2016
Draft at Chuck’s 85th. First time I had this beer it was listed as "Vintage Chaos" at FredFest 2013. It was the beer of the festival for me. I was surprised that such a great beer came out of an unknown brewery, while the Oregonians I talked to were surprised that Barley Browns was an unknown brewery to me. Anyway, it’s been a few years and I hadn’t seen this one since, which is why I made a special trip to Chuck’s tonight when I should have been working. Anyway, near black pour, small head. Aroma is perfect balance between stout (roast and chocolate) and IPA (big hop presence balanced between resinous and herbal -- stuff that works really damned well with the dark chocolate side of the beer). Taste is again perfectly balanced. Drinks way too easy to be 10ish% (10.3 on Chuck’s list, but I’d guess it’s a moving target). Medium+ body, oily texture, average carbonation. Overall: in my opinion, this may be the perfect imperial black IPA. A lot of these are either hoppy stouts or roasty IPAs, but this one is really a better than the sum of its parts balance of the two. The Vintage Chaos I had years ago may have left a bigger impression on me than this glass, but this glass is still goddamn good. Strongly recommended. fiulijn (20516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2015
Draught at Beer Mongers, Portlandpdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Black color with brownish head. Plenty of roasty malts and resiny hops, but not ashy, it’s moderately sweet, full bodied, and the imperial dimension is a good choice for a CDA. The aroma is also a bit cheesy, which I appreciate.
On draught at Apex. Midnight black color. Aroma is sweet and tart tropical fruit, with some dark grain notes. Taste is tropical fruit, dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, roasted malt, and a hint of cherry. Finishes with a refreshing fruit and chocolate aftertaste. Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Had on draft at Belmont Station. Big citrusy, resinious, tropical fruit, pine hop notes. The finish is a bit rough with the roasted malt character. Hints of chocolate. Not bad.
mcberko (17853) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
On tap at Belmont Station’s Bier Cafe, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out a great mix of roasted malt and piney hops, like a well-balanced black IPA should. Flavour is super pungent, with loads of roasted malt, dry dark fruits, and potent pine hops. Impeccably well-balanced, without any harsh elements. Damn fine flavours. Fantastic double black IPA. marcus (10231) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
On tap at FredFest 2013. Pours near black with a modest beige head and a heavy treacle aroma. There is a full-bodied blackstrap flavor with some licorice and a dry bitter finish. True to the style and very tasty. Sledutah (7527) - Utah, USA - APR 14, 2013
Growler from the Boise guys douglas88 (9194) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2013
Appearance: Black with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts and piney
Taste: Roasted malts, pine resin and some chocolate
Growler thanks to the Boise crew. Pours a dark brown color with a medium white head. An excellent fruity nose with light chocolates. The flavor comes across as a massive very fruity, light resiny hop forward brew, some lighter chocolate and roast. Excellent. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2013
On tap. Black pour with an off white top. Scent is citrus and pine with roasted malts. Taste is roasted malt and then a staggering amount of hops, piney bitter finish. Love it!