Strykzone (7658) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Darknred brown. A small ring of a head. A roasted nose with a bit of smoke. More hops in the flavor but plenty of malt. Some chocolate and fitrus. Again, not my style. natejgood (527) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a coffee head. Aroma of bananas, bread and grass. Flavor of bananas (interesting), coffee and roasty malts. No hops to speak of for an IPA. Not the flavor I expect from a black IPA, but not bad. Interesting beer that is worth a try. yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2012
1 pint can. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted dark malty, liqourice and light spiced. Bitter, dry, spiced and roasted dark malty. Dark roasted malty and chocolate dense malty finish. GarrettB (1657) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Summer 2011 - In a concerted effort to "go local" with a lot of other consumable and munch able things on my menu, I plucked a bottle of the Crabtree Black IPA off the shelf. It came the relatively short distance from Greeley (hopefully outpacing the stench of rendered cattle) to my beer shelf. It didn’t last long there either, because Black IPAs are my new favorite exotic fruit, amalgamating many of the flavors I like from separate beers into one glorious style. Appropriate to the style, the body is a deep black, but billows up and out with a thin tan head. The aroma smells liken a combination of a wood shop and a rustic kitchen, combining the domestic aromas of dried wood, pepper, raisin and a handful of hops. The flavor kicks with an intense alcohol profile, calming down in the aftertaste to reveal a rich, dark maltiness. Fig and cinnamon and molasses sweeten the flavor where the alcohol burns it, a thin palate stretches the flavor, and then the hops are finally revealed in the end; this seems like a strange place for the hops to appear in a Black IPA. Overall, it’s a bit too dark and sticky sweet for me, but it’s a good example of what a Black IPA can taste like, one or two standard deviations away from a more mild version. JanLaursen (3372) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2012
Can, courtesy of Pinball. Brownish black, frothy, quickly diminishing beige head. Roasted aroma - licorice, coccoa powder, dark fruits. Hops not that present in the nose. Taste is sweet roast with quite som licorice and a bitter hop punch. Some alcohol in the finish. A little out of balance, more black than IPA - some more distinctive hops would fit the brew....
unclemike (3163) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Pours a dark maroon brown color with a muddy, murky appearance. Tannish head. Aroma is sweet malts with sugary syrup notes. Lots of hops in this as well. Floral and citrus. Flavor is very roasted with toasted bready characteristics. Different to say the least. Bitter burnt finish Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Can. Taste is charred wood, hops, smoke, grain, black licorice and leather. Decent. Ungstrup (38384) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2012
Bottled. A black beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt and caramel, leading to a dry finish. RobertDale (6848) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2012
16 ounce can. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, citrus hops. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, and chocolate. Not as much hops as expected. Decent. That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2013
16 oz can (excellent) pours dark brown with some reddish hues coming through when held up to the light and a tan head that creates a bit of lacing. Aroma of roast, some tobacco and a slight hop presence. Bitter, roasty, a bit chalky flavor. If I were handed this and didnt know anything about it, I’d swear it was a porter... Pretty tasty anyway.