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. 5000 (6900) - 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! 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. 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. unclemike (3197) - Junction City Kansas, 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 (3142) - 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. DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2013
16 ounce can. Directly off of the fedex truck via ksurkin. Thanks man! Dark brown pour with a pretty big off white head. Toffee, chocolate, coffee, a bit of roasted pine cones, and just a hint at fruity hop bitterness. Not exactly a kick you in the face black IPA, but not bad either. The cans logo claims it is extremely fresh, but no date on the can. Oh well, still good. jjgmd (2295) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a dark brownish black color, with a nice head. Nose is sweet with citrus and piney. Taste is bitter and balanced by some deep malt, with some subtle licorice. Finish is bitter and moderately long. Quaff Score 7 / 10 philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap. Pours an opaque black with a dense foamy coffe colored head. Bright aroma of hops, coffee notes. Very full body, slight carbonation makes for broad & smooth feel. Wonderfully balanced initial salty mellows to sweet with a smooth finish. Really nice take on an IPA. Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Can Poured into a glass. Dark Brown appearance with a very light brown head that laces a bunch. Smells chocolaty and hoppy. Some coffee in there too. Taste is a little thin. Some light coffee, dark roasted malts, bitter hops. tastes pleasant but a bit bland.