thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2011
On cask at Sweet Afton in Astoria. This is more for your hardcore hophead. My greatest objection is that it burns the back of my throat. On the other hand its nose is full of sweet deceptive sweet chocolate and cola. The flavor is all bitter hops. It means well. blipp (9172) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Nutty and sweet malty aroma with floral and earthy hoppy notes. The flavor has nutty malts, hazelnut, light coffee, and light floral hops. Strikes me as more of a porter/stout than a Black IPA. Pretty good. Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Looking through here and I was really surprised to see I hadn’t rated this even though I did rate the 10th Anniversary which I swear I had at the same time. In either case, this has become strangely common as the Black IPA style has become popular in beer circles. Flavor is pretty malty and chocolate, but it finishes fairly hoppy. I was impressed that the two flavors could stay separate without becoming a big mess. coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Ah the rotating taps of the Dutch.......Ale house that is. A lovely charcoal black IPA. Thick and lasting head. Nose of hops and thinner malts. body reveals a moderate wood tinged flavor that is twice overtaken by malts then settles to a longer finish of hop. Advertised as 7% and it will let you know such after two of these with dinner. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2011
THOUGHTS: Yet another Black IPA. Love the style, but was only an average or worse example of the style. I can’t exactly explain what was wrong with it, but somehow it just wasn’t quite right. Not overly bitter, but there still wasn’t enough malt to balance the bitterness, making it seem too intense.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with bright red highlights and a large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate roasted and burnt malts; light to moderate pine, resin and citrus hops; and something a little rubbery. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet, rather bitter and light to moderately acidic with a fairly long duration. There was roasted malt, slight chocolate, pine hops, metallic hops, come citrus hop, a little resinous hops, even some grassy hops and burnt malt. The nearly medium body was fairly oily and then dry with a sort of soft, but still tingly carbonation and a rather metallic finish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
In short: A well done Black IPA with a woody and tobacco character. Good beeralobar (3759) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2011
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed approximately one month after purchase (so probably fresh). Bottle from j12601, thanks a lot Jay
The look: Clear very dark burgundy topped by a medium beige head with good rentention
In long: The fun hoppy nose is halfway between citrusy and tobacco leafs over a fresh coffee beans. Taste has fresh coffee beans, medium roastiness, wood coal, caramel, dry tree branches, a lot of fresh tobacco leafs, some black liquorice, citrus fruits (mainly bitter grapefruits), some dust, some cacao. After taste adds surprising refreshing tropical fruits in the comeback. Bitterness level is medium. Mild tartness. Some astringency. This is a fine Black IPA that manages to be somewhat refreshing, something that most Black IPAs aren’t. This beer is Blue Point jumping in the Black IPA bandwagon. Blue Point isn’t cool and hip. If Blue Point was cool and hip it would jump in a Black IPA Prius.
Pours a dark cola color with an off-white head. Aroma of hops, pine, and some roasted malt. Good roasted malt flavor with some toffee present and a fine hop finish. Light body, but no flavor is sacrificed. This is a very good beer. JFGrind (2043) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Since December everytime my homebrew club gets together one of the guys always brings a bottle of Toxic sludge to share. Dark brown porter-like appearance, sweet flavor and moderate bitterness. Always looking for seconds when this bottle is passed around. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   Deep cola in color, huge rocky tannish head, nice lacing.   Soft ash and toasted malts on the nose.   Minor hop up front, slightly sweet, a little roasty.   Certainly a lighter IPA, but with some hop flavor without being overly bitter.   Good roasted malt background.   This is pretty good, not heavy or big, but smooth and flavorful.   Moderate body and mouthfeel, but for not being heavy its very smooth.   Faint sweet citrusy hops on the backside, moreso ash and roasted malts with a touch of bitterness.   Its like a sessionable Black IPA.   Thanks BJ for the bottle! jtclockwork (16443) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2011 Bottle thanks to Brooha. Pours black. Tan head. Nose and taste of hops, pine, chocolate and malt. Smooth, almost coffee finish. Some tobacco notes.