auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2011
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Having a hard time coming to a conclusion with this beer. I don’t understand the use of orange peel and see it as muddying the flavor profile. The blackness is almost too ashy and the hops are a clean, minty bitterness, as opposed to a floral, fragrant punch I would expect from most West Coast hops. This feels like an amped-up Schwarzbier with some more hops, which pretty well describes a Black IPA. jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Toastedd malty flavor with a lingering finish. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle, dark black pour, citrusy hops and roasted malts in aroma. Not an overly pungent aroma. Flavor is PNW hops, chalky roasted maltiness, light coffee. As with the aroma, the flavor is somewhat light too. Not a huge fan of black ipa’s but this is decent AirForceHops (7140) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2011
22 oz bottle from Table and Vine, West Springfield, MA. $5.99. Black color in a shaker glass. Nose is light pine hops with mild roast. Thin bubbly tan head, light lace. Taste is spot on the nose. Mild pine needles, roasted malt and hop bite in the finish. Some chocolate malt. A mild lingering bitterness. Body is medium leaning toward the lighter side. High carbonation. Overall ok. Some good flavor however, I would choose other brews in this style before buying again. Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at Valhalla. Bitter ale... Caramel and toasty malts. Decent but nothing special.
keepersj12 (3114) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Pours, get ready, black with a tan head. Malty aroma with some coffee and chocolate. Flavor has the chocolate and coffee with smoky burnt wood. Bitter finish. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Dark brown of color with an off white head. An aroma of liqurice, dry, dusty, bitter and weak smoked. A flavor of roasted malt, bitter, citrus, weak liqurice and burnt. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a black body with a frothed, beige head. A little bit of lace here and there on the drop.
Smell: Modestly roasty with some charred toast in there as well with a low, low hint of malt balls, citrus peelings, and pine. Both the malts and hops are present, though neither particularly profusive or taking charge of the aroma.
Taste: Burnt bread, nearingly roasty with just a bit of sweetness and a very vague bitter chocolate quality. Iron supplements. Slight pine blossoms, pecan-encursted citrus peels, maybe a faint hint from the added orange peels. Modestly bitter, actually. Watered down roast and toast with just a hint of citrus and bitterness going into the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s not particular malty, nor is it particularly hoppy. Not really much going on here.
Bottle:   Black, edges of cola, moderate sudsy sandy head, few rings of lacing.   Satsuma or tangarine aroma.   Otherwise roasty, faint cocoa and chocolate graham cracker.   Very mild bitterness on the tongue, pale roastiness, cocoa, and musty blankets.   Average body and mouthfeel.   Slightly dry finish, cocoa (bakers, dark and bittersweet), slight hoppiness (very slight), with a little bit of lactose.   Not bad, but subtle to moderate on most levels.   Not a bright or vibrant example for sure.   Black Pale Ale... yeah, probably. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with an oppressively thick tan head. Has a bit of hoppy bitterness to the nose, though you can detect the malty undertones there. Not very bitter, but a good bite from the hops.