natejgood (516) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Pours dark but still relatively clear. Nice beige head with large bubbles that lasts a while. Nice aroma of citrusy hops. Hoppy with a hint of sweetness. Not quite as crisp as Racer 5 but probably more flavor. Dark and flavorful all around. Good beer. thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2013
Great pour, smells fruity, taste is awesome, really hoppy, you get that IPA taste, but just the touch of dark flavor that makes it an awesome beer. I am really impressed, one of the better black IPAs I have had. zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Dry piney hop scents some malt and slight grapiness. Nice off white head with Blackish body with dark red hue up top.malty black coffee flavors that lead to a sudden dry creamyness and slight spice and heat at the end. Smooth dry creamy on the palate. Izzick Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - APR 10, 2013
Spring 2013 release. Bottle. More of a Stout then an IPA. Overtones of dark fruit, subtle rum raisin, roasted malt and chocolate, dominate the nose and palate, with simply an underlying bitter hopping in the finish. It's good, though not what I was expecting with 'IPA' on the label from this hop friendly brewery. An enjoyable dark ale that should of been released early in the winter, and not at the end of spring. Racer X should be the spring seasonal IMO.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me... Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - APR 21, 2014
Poured from a 1pt. 6oz. bomber into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.
The color is dark black with slight dark highlights. The head is two fingers of foamy brownish/tan head with some webby lacing left on the glass.
The smell is hoppy at first then has a dark malty aroma that pushes out. There seems to be a fight between which will be first, hops or malt. The aroma seems to be leaning toward the dark malts and gives off a biscuit aroma.
The taste is malty again with that same bready flavor. There is touches of fig and raisin in there as well. Toward the end the malt fades back to give off a citrus hop flavor that was a pleasant surprise. The end comes back with some dark malt but also some bitterness that gives an earthy spin to the flavor.
The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a nice easy drinking feel which is a slight surprise since it is an 8.1% ABV beer. It’s smooth with a nice aftertaste that hangs but does not linger. This beer has been better than I expected.
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Deep, dark pour. Aroma is quite roasty, with some nice citrus going on as well. Flavor is about the same. Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of the style, but this is a pretty good example of it. Good brew. Cory (372) - , California, USA - APR 12, 2014
Draft. Strong orange citrus aroma with some great juicy mandarin flavors with smoke and ash undertones across the palate. The ash lingers in a way thatvit compliments the bitter oils left on your tongue. This is one of the best black IPAs I’ve had. kcorum10 (349) - Idaho, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Pours a black color with small, finger size off white head that just sits atop the beer and slowly disappears. Aromas of fresh earthy hops with a slight hint of roasted malt. The flavors are of the opposite. The roasted malt comes to the forefront followed by a slight bitterness that leaves the palate with a barely noticeable stickiness. mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2013
More roasty than hoppy aroma, kind of a fruity, chocolate coffee. Those flavors tailgate onto the palate, onlong with an ample dose of hop bitters. Finishes with dark malt dryness and that bitterness. The porter vs IPA bout on my tongue leaves much confusion. If I rate it as a hopped up strong porter, it’s top notch. As a BIPA, only middling. liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2014
22 oz bottle from Uptown Market in Beaverton, OR. The boozy aroma has it all: sweet molasses, roasty grains, and some floral hoppiness. The texture of this full-bodied beer is syrupy, and the finish is bitter. A malty sweetness like this one has is my favorite thing to find in a Black IPA, and for my tastes, it is a necessity to balance out the astringency of the roasted grains and the bitterness of the hops. The flavor profile even remains solid and balanced as the beer warms up. This beer is perfect on all accounts. Easily one of the best Black IPAs I’ve ever had!