craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Poured a deep mahogany color, almost black, with a very thick and frothy tan head. Aroma is smoke, coffee, resin, floral, herbs, and citrus. Taste is smoke, citrus, leather, caramel, toast, grass, and herbs with a bitter lingering finish. Really enjoyable. Cybercat (5741) - Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Had to buy this a) for the name and b) because I love black IPAs. Comes out of the can a slightly hazy sepia with a thick, fluffy, persistent khaki head that leaves substantial lacing. Roast malt aroma has a strong woody hop overtone and hints of caramel and chocolate. Flavor is quite hoppy but not bitter, with notes of semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and roast malt. Texture is on the thin side, and not too fizzy, but that is a minor downer. Drinking beer for a good cause - does it get any better? argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Draft. Small tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, grapefruit/catty, some orange, light bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit, light catty. Soft medium body. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Pours a mostly opaque with a well-lacing clingy off-white head. Has a fresh resiny piny hop nose with some light caramel sweetness underneath. Starts with pretty good fullness and a nice light toasty maltiness with some nutty character and good fresh grapefruity hop flavor before a crisp bittersweet finish. A well-balanced and drinkable black IPA. Drake (13647) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Served on cask at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of Floral and citrus hops and some caramel. The taste is bitter hops, bitter roasted malts, citrus, earthy notes and caramel. Medium bodied.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2011 Thanks to djrn for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a medium brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. The beer smells more like a porter than a Black IPA because I don’t get any hops in the nose.
There are definitely hops in the flavor. In addition to the chocolate and roasted malt, I get quite a bit of pine-flavored hops. Low bitterness.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
A good beer for a good cause. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2010
draft at the gingerman poured a dark brown in color with a thin head. aroma has loads of hops, darker malt but not so roasted, and some chocolate. mouth feel is light and there is low carbonation. flavor has a nice roasted base but the hops are the show here. citrus, medium bitterness, chocolate, and some nuts. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
Deep brown-black pour with a very light dank hop aroma. Lots of cocoa and black roasted malt. Chewy and roasty with a heavy dank hoppiness. Assertively hopped with a nice clean bitterness and some roasted malt character. Chewy and a little bit earthy. It’s quite fragrant with some lingering bitterness. Pretty solid. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a deep black color with just a touch of brown with a finger of off-white head. The retention on the head was okay and there was some nice lacing left behind.
S - Heavy amount of sweet roasted malt and some nice piney/grassy hops. Touch of toffee and chocolate elements are also blended in.
T - Starts off with some sweet roasted carmel malt flavor with hints of grassy hop in the background. Also a bit of sweet brown sugar. Slight bitterness. Through the middle the hops gain some power and there is some very nice bitterness. The finish has a lot of flavors going on including some black licorice, chocolate/coffee taste, and some hop bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate to moderate-low amount of carbonation. Smooth and just a bit creamy. Slight dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. There is a nice balance here of malt and hop. There is a slight alcohol presence, but nothing that gets in the way of the beer. Overall very smooth and crisp. 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.