LilBeerDoctor (3904) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head (definitely reminiscent of some sludge, although not in texture). Aroma of grassy, garlicky hops and roasted malt, also some burnt popcorn. Flavor of roasted malt, buttery popcorn, roasted nuts, grassy hops. Overall, a decent black IPA but not something I’d run out to try.
7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5] Nitro0292 (4) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2010 does not count
Have sampled two bottles of this, both purchased locally, 2 weeks apart.
Appearance is a very dark brown, with ample creamy tan head. Good retention and lacing for the dark/roasted malts it contains.
Aroma is citrus hops up front and then coffee. Taste mirrors the aroma, as it is hops up front with a coffee/chocolate dry stout finish. Very unique due to the combination of malts and hops - unlike other IPAs, more akin to a hoppy stout.
Creamy, moderate viscosity mouthfeel - would have preferred a touch lighter given the profile of flavors.
I had a second bottle after enjoying the first, and had it after sampling Stone’s Sublimely Self-righteous Ale. I got much more hop flavor and aroma from the sludge than from the SSRA, which to me was purely stout-like.
Since this is a limited production run, I will be looking to corner the market on this one, as it is still unique and remains more available than other Black IPAs. jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2010
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. ExpendableHero (918) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Black beer with a white head. Aromas of fresh, clean hops, and black licorice. Taste of chocolate is stronger than one might think. Bittersweet herbal hops mix with tastes of black licorice, mild coffee, and dark chocolate. The chocolate dominates the hops in this one, but it works. Dry finish. Tasty stuff. jb (3221) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Awesome, heavy coffee nose and palate. Nutty. Creamy head, reddish, dark. Same palate as nose, but some grit and nuts in the palate too. On tap at McGregors.
Leighton (21087) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle I brought to chriso Vintage Tasting. Pours clear, red-brown with a soft, off-white head. Decent roast/pine aroma. Medium sweet flavor, light plastic and pine bitterness, some citrus notes, slight grass, and roast. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish with nice roast, lasting pine, dark sugars, dark malts. Lasting burnt sugars. Very decent. anders37 (26227) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle @ chriso. Pours a dark brown black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter aroma. Roasted malty hoppy bitter citrus flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter finish. dmac (6211) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2013
16oz can from Spirits Brick. Poured a super dark chestnut brown that pretends to be black till the light hits it, large foamy off white sticky head. Aroma is porbably the best part of this beer, well except for the cool ass can, notes of syrupy chocolate, citrus rind, orange slices, earhty, slight coffee. Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel and carbonation started off stong but calmed down to leave a rather pleasant mouthfeel. Flavor of burnt oranges, dirty citrus, earth, dark toast, last sip of cofee, grassy, hint of butter. The beer is decent, the packaging is great and the price is awesome (hence the overall bump up). unclemike (3115) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2013
head. Aroma is roasted malt, light caramel, citrus, grapefruit and flowery hop. Flavour is light roasted malt, heavy citrus, grapefruit and flowery hop, light fruity notes. Nice bitterness
keepersj12 (3114) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
I liked this a little bit more than my esteemed New Jerseyan and fellow piney Pineypower. I thought it had a very nice crisp aroma with some chocolate and a nice bit of pine and citrus. The flavor had similar qualities along with some caramel and a bit of booze to warm things up. Quite nice for the January doldrums.