esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Dark brown with a large brown creamy head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, multigrains and citrus. Taste of dark roasted malts, chocolate and citrus with a chocolaty finish that is somewhat bitter. merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Dark Brown/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing
S: Mildly Roasted Chocolate Malts
T: Piney, Roasted Chocolate Malts
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Sticky
Overall, I didnt have high expectations for this beer but it actually isnt bad, not over bearing on the malts or the hops, nice balance. ryanscourt (1519) - 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. LilBeerDoctor (4144) - 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. williamherbert (1546) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Roasted malt aromas, soon followed by a waft of citrus hops.
Dark red brown appearance. Thick head and thick swatches of lace.
The flavor is dryly sweet malts, with a burnt cookie finish. The hops have a citrus that come at the end. The malts have a dual roasted-nutty and sweet-sugary character that balance pretty well.
Slick, oily palate with a chalky finish. Overall, it’s rather malt heavy for sure, and works well as a hoppy stout. 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! 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.