maxwelldeux (4433) - 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. DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Single 12 oz. at Binny’s for $1.50. Pours a very dark brown with a scrum of foam. Almost a sweet malt smell at first, then some hops start to assert themselves. Taste is more or less a hoppy stout, with some roasty bitterness from the grain, and then a bit of hop citrus note. Gotta say it lacks the smooth malts I usually find in a Black IPA. It reveals some interesting character as it goes down, but I can’t get away from my first impression of a hoppy and roasty stout. laiti (8531) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
65 cl bottle @ home, bottled 02/2012Benzai (16919) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2013
Aroma is stale hops, roasted notes, some cocoa, resin, vanilla and ash. Flavour is rather ashy with some licorice, nettles, hops and wet wood. Too ashy and stale, not nice.
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2013 650ml bottle thanks to Joes. Opaque pitch black color, full sized light brown head that lasts for quite a long time. Smell and taste malts, hops, slightly some fruits and moderately bitter. Fizzy carbonation, ok body. Overall a bit disappointing and too highly carbonated. dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours dark black with a huge tan head. Overcarbonated from the loos of it. The nose is roasted coffee, nuts, flour and resin. The taste is sweet with a good amount of bitter. The mouthfeel is like pop rocks. To much carbonation. The body is light, the finish is medium., It’s ok.
Rando7 (787) - Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle pours almost black with thin tan ring. Aroma malts with licorice, roast and cocoa. Taste mundane with caramel and roast. Finish bitter with roast and some hops - tough to call this an IPA. Palate thin . Just OK. Dommod2011 (728) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
Shared with lots of people at Cott. Thin, no hops to speak of, but enough lubrication to get the evening started. Bish and I totally messed up the pouring, doesn’t bode well for BBB. Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a black color with a finger’s worth of an eggshell foamy white head. Sly messy lace.
The aroma had some roasted malts, light floral hop tones, light orange peel, light coffee beans and ended with a touch of dark chocolate.
The flavor was somewhat roasty with that floral quality sweetness. Some bitterness from the orange peel but really not that noticeable. Aftertaste was mainly the roasted malts and dark chocolate. Finished with the same but brought in a touch of that orange peel bitterness.
The feel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Mild carbonation and the ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, as a black IPA, well, it somewhat works, but as I normally associate the style with "palate wrecking" capabilities, I didn’t really see that with this one. Maybe again. mansquito (7127) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Blanchard’s, Allston 650ml ($5.50): Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts and plenty of citrus. Taste is very grapefruit hops, more so slanted in that direction than any other Black IPA, I’ve ever had. Kind of strange and perhaps is an intentionally unbalanced beer. In any case, I though it was drinkable enough. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle sent to me by Shawn O Meter, thanks! Served in Bells tulip.
Pours a deep brown nearly black with some purple highlights topped by a creamy tan head that left good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grassy, resiny and acidic hops, char, roast, coffee, and chocolate malt character along with some metallic, medicinal and tea like vapours that does lessen the experience.
The taste is balanced mostly by roasted and sweet malts versus the resiny and herbal hops. Seems a but muddled and dumbed down however, does not POP. Then there is a strange ongoing mild acidity that does not fit, is that the orange peel? The finish is metallic, minerally and just weird. The mouth feel is medium-bodied, ashy and muddy. I must say I am disappointed in this beer for it never really does much to keep me interested and has some strange characteristics.