Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
12 oz bottle care of DChmela. Thanks Bro.
Wonderful black pour with a nice head. Crisp and bold. Spicy and full of flavor. BVery (10600) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle. Extremely dark and viscous pour with a brown head. Big nose of oak, roast, honey, and resin hop. Taste is similar, palate is full. Spectacular brew! Bov (12888) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2012
from Erzboerschof - black beer with no head retention; the nose is woody and piney; aroma of black chocolate and honey; pretty roasted; full-bodied and very tasty; some astringency, hugely bitter, pretty dry and long hoppy, chocolatey and woody finish - huge stuff ! slowrunner77 (12133) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"aroma falls just a hair short of it’c cousin Either, but the overall impact abd flavor are bettter. the cedar is not so strong in the finish, but evenly eveident throughout, and the complexity is the beers strongest point. licorice, honey, chocolate, roasted malt, hops, cigar...not as sweet as the other. VERY nice."
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2010
On tap at Blind Tiger with Joey Redner. Did the Either, Or side by side. Pours a black caramel colored head. Has an aroma of citrus and caramel. Roasty citrus taste with more roast than the Either. A nice creamy mouthfeel. Tasty brew.
jcwattsrugger (12427) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2010
on tap-pours a brown head that laces with black color. Aroma is sweet pine, 2nd dark malt. Taste is sweet pine hops, cedar, 2nd dark malt-some molasses (&honey). Medium/full body. Slimbrundage (80) - USA - DEC 16, 2010
Pitch black with a tan head. Smoky black malt, molasses, cedar and blackberries. Medium to full bodied, silky smooth. The cedar hits you right away and gives way to roasty bitterness, coco and piney hops. Long lingering finish of pine and cedar. Best Black IPA I’ve ever had, Cigar City has done it again. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Black pour, small tan head. Aroma holds lots of citrus and grassy hop, along with notes of grapefruit; malt profile goes to the background. Also some hints of nectar fruit on the nose. Flavor holds awesome nectarine and pink grapefruit, along with awesome floral and perfume hop. Palate is light but so tasty. Definitely preferred over the Either. birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours black (dark brown in the right light). One finger head. Some lace.
Aroma is sweet, sweet, citrusy, pineapple hops. So fruity. So unexpected given the appearance. No pungent aroma, just tropical fruity. Aroma and appearance really counter my expectations of both. I’ve had black ipa’s, but this one presents a much cleaner hop aroma than others.
Taste follows the aroma. Big, sweet, juicy hops. Wonderful. The hops are followed by a mild, malt sweetness. No roast flavors but more of a lightly sweet molasses or brown sugar and caramel. Very light and toned down malt flavor, which provides a nice complement to the juicy hops.
Excellent beer. Countbeer (6591) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2011
Bottle: thanks to Joes for sharing:
Small brown head on top of black beer with a red shine.
Smell more hop than the Either (CCB), flowers, fruit and grapefruit.
Taste hop, flower, bitter, fruit, grapefruit, liquorice.
Grassy aftertaste. Low to medium carbo, medium to full body and tingly mouthfeel.