ryanscourt (1523) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Just a bit off of being a really good black IPA. Nice citrus hops mixed with chocolate flavors. Nice lingering flavor. A little bit weak up front. RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Fresh can. Pours a deep, dark brown with a surprisingly thick pillow of cream head. Leaves nice lacing. Excellent balanced aroma of roastiness and citrus. Taste is very much the same. Creamy yet resiny mouthfeel with big roasted notes, but very fresh, grassy hops characters. Exactly what a black IPA should be. 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. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Good solid brew from the blue point gang. Pours dark, tastes light. Good character, palate is slightly thin. Not the best black ipa, stone stone still holds that honor. In fact this isn’t blue point’s best ipa, hoptical illusion still holds that honor. This beer is definitely worth a try. scarletfire65 (1491) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Dark brown to black, medium beige head dissipated quickly. Nose was kind of weak - dark malt, stale coffee, cola. Flavor profile is predominantly bitter hops and malt. Hints of burnt coffee, licorice, pine. The black IPA style is new to me and I found the combination of flavors not too enjoyable. I think a touch more malty sweetness, the backbone of many high IBU IPA’s, would have been a good thing. The roasted flavors riding on so many hops produced a burnt, unbalanced palate.
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a dark cola-like brown color with a flufy 2 finger head that slowly settles, leaving sticking lace as it goes down. Vanilla and caramel in the nose with a very slight hoppy character aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet start with a mix of roast and caramel that then transitions to a hop bitterness that lingers on. I love the fact that this beer is for a good cause but as a beer it is really not that memorable. The hop characteristic is pretty laid back and takes a back seat to the roastedness. BelgBeerGeek (1307) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2012
At recent RBBSG thx to Travlr(?) for sharing ! jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Smell: tad irony, lots of roastyness and malts, little smokey, hops
Taste: allong the line of the aroma , altough the flavour has some roasted coffee in it , pretty good !
Draft at International Beer Garten (Lutz, FL). Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. Good lacing. Fairly hoppy aroma. Flavor is a nice mixture of roasted malt notes and a piney hop finish. JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Pours deep reddish brown with malt notes of roasted nuts and toffee. The hops show up towards the end of the palate which once again drives the nuances of roasted nuts and coffee beans. tsd08460 (1223) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2016
Aroma: pine, roasty, chocolate
Appearance: dark brown with a tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: light-medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter finish