onceblind (10562) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Black with a thin light khaki head. Nice smooth aroma of roasted dark chocolate, pine, orange peel, and sweet floral hoppy resin. Taste was smooth, dark, and brilliantly balanced with both hop flavor and bitterness. Starts with slightly burnt toffee smokey sweetness, melding into a citrusy floral resinous dry-hopped flavor with just a touch of pine and grapefruit, ends slightly bitter and slightly smokey. Slight candy sugar and dark-fruity belgian yeastiness throughout. Impeccably balanced overall, especially for its style. Has that fresh tasting dry-hopped essence I love with that dark sweetness I look for in porters and weaker stouts. Lovely. Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2012
16 oz tall boy. Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a khaki head. Smell is earthy, citrus, grapefruit, spice, cocoa, and light roast. Taste is earthy, light chocolate, coffee, spice, and citrus with a moderately bitter finish. There is a lingering coffee/chocolate taste in my mouth that I am thoroughly enjoying and the belgian yeast really makes this beer interesting. Great
lacing, creamy mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. A lot going on in this beer and I really enjoyed it. Pretty good. Pinball (12311) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2012
pitch black , smooth light brown head.
mild roasted malty aroma, tight.
flavor is roasted malty, coffee, bitterness , great composition, wlajwl (7066) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Aroma is citrus, bananas and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is citrus, bread/yeast, malts, a hint of coffee and a hoppy finish. Finhead (1814) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Very dark brown (nearly black) with a frothy, tan head. At first the aroma is all pine, but then that melts away and you get chocolate and mild orange. It has a light body with slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bitter from beginning to end, but the roasted chocolate is still there with mild coffee behind the bitter finish.
Beaver (1846) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2012
16oz can. Pours a dark brown with a big pillowy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2012
The aroma is roasted malts and piney floral hops with a bit of leather and spice.
The flavor is roasted malts and sweet chocolate with a good amount of piney bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, one of the best Black IPAs I’ve had. It has a good balance of sweeter malts, roast and hops.
On tap at The Falling Rock in Denver, CO. Pours a black body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty cool. Lots of citruses with some florals and resiny pines along with a solid roast backing, but very unique with the Belgian yeast aspect. The yeast stays balanced and never overpowers, which I hate in Belgian IPAs. It gives off a few esters, but not too many. Some chocolate malts provide a nice malt backing as well. Flavor is solid too, but the carbonation is a bit fizzy. Lots of roasts up front with a nice chocolate and caramel malt backing. Some earthy hops and slightly resiny pines in the middle with a bit of a floral note. Slight citrus and apricot with a nice Belgian yeast note that again doesn’t overpower and gives off a few esters. Finishes pretty dry and roasty with a lot more of the citrus pines and resins coming out with a nice malt balance leaving this moderately bitter. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a slightly fizzy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool take on a Black IPA. The aroma was really nice and the flavor was a bit more influenced by the roasts, but the citrus pine resins and florals really blended nicely with the chocolate malt backing and Belgian yeast that never overpowered. Solid beer. brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours like an impy stout - oily jet black with big lasting brown head. Citrusy nose like an IPA but with some Saison like funk. Taste mostly follows. Big hops for sure, but complex. Just hints of roast. Some tart and barnyard too. Crisp and dry with med-light mouthfeel. Best black IPA I've had so far. BeerandBlues2 (13814) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Can. Pours near opaque with a large, frothy light tan head, long retention with excellent, sticky lacing. Aroma is roast malt with woody, ash, and earthy notes, pine and resin hops, prune and raisin esters with faint licorice notes. Flavor is roast malt and nutty with moderate hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters stay behind giving complexity, and finishes very dry and somewhat spicy. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2012
Can at Papsø.
Clear red brown coloured with a small beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of hay, caramel and chocolate with notes of hops.
Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel and chocolate with notes of hops and grass.