tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Pours a nearly opaque dark reddish brown with a fluffy khaki head. Nice aroma, there’s some toasted malt, lots of citrusy hops, light rye spiciness, and a light coffee scent. Nice bright floral hops up front on the taste, some citrus, toasted malt, lightly spicy, and some light coffee and chocolate. Great black IPA, not overhopped, easy drinking. pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Tap: Dark, dark, closer to black than brown with a tan head and lots of sticky lacing. Toasty aroma of rye, light cucumbers, and something slightly resembling a watery fruit like watermelon, but mellow. Of course, the juniper shrubs are there as well. The flavor is complex demonstrating the roasted malts and rye mixing well with the hops. You can taste the alcohol towards the end. In the aftertaste, there is a malty feel along with a lingering bitterness. Among those brewers that add rye, this is one of the better ones. hackobock (4007) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle on 061513. Bottled 042613. Pours dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma has fresh grassy piney hops together with chocolate and roasted notes. Good balance between the fruity hops and roasted malts.Taste is hoppy bitter with some lingering chocolate notes breaking through, some peppery spiciness from the rye also pops up. Medium body and easy drinkabl. corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2013
I've not developed a taste for stouts and this tasted like a hoppy stout. I think Firestone Walker did a good job within this style, but I didn't enjoy it. 1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2013
dark brown with ruby red hints on the edges. Khaki rocky foam head, decent lacing. Nose is mostly from the hops, their is a spicy note from the rye. As in many such chimeric concoctions, one tends to dominate. Usually with black ipas it is the heavy porter or stout side of things with hops added . Here the hops take center stage and the roasty malt presence is in a supporting role.
salvaticas (724) - - JUL 3, 2013
On tap, very hoppy on the nose. Nice flavor but a little flat of a finish. It's ok
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Strong citrus, pine aromas. Pours a solid black-brown with a thin head, which quickly becomes a ring. Modest lacing noted. The taste is bitter. Grapefruit, slight toasted malts, with a grainy aftertaste. There is also a subtle peppery presence. Medium body and carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel. Overall, very drinkable, but I would like to have tasted a little more malts upfront. Would drink again. jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with brown highlights, off-white head. Decent lacing. Big porter notes up front: roasted malts, a tad nutty, baker’s chocolate and toasted caramel. Piney, woody hops kick in later. Spicy hops play nicely with the rye notes, cuts the dark malts pretty well. Good stuff. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
THOUGHTS: I always thought ry smoothed out IPAs and DIPAs, but I think this is my first proof of it smoothing out a Black IPA. This had tons of different flavors but none of them dominate. It was like a Rock and Roll super group with members (in flavors) that all have such big egos that not one individual outshine the others. But to me that isn’t necessarily the greatest thing for a black IPA. Very easy to drink, but I almost missed come of the harshness that’s normally present in a black IPA.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured pretty much black with and average tan head. The aroma had moderate coffee, dark chocolate, grain, roasted and burnt malts; moderate pine, grapefruit, orange and earthy hops; hints of smoke and a little dark fruit. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. There was roasted malt, burnt malt, bitter dark chocolate, slightly smokey, pine hops, grapefruit, orange hops, spicy rye, a little grain, hints of coffee, and something sort of smokey and earthy. The medium to full body was a little oily and then dry with soft yet tingly carbonation that seemed to get more fizzy as time went by and a slightly astringent finish. hawthorne00 (3904) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle, 10C. Black with a large beige head that fades to a coat and laces well. Aroma of grapefruit, breadcrusts, cocoa, lychees. Very smooth textured, moderate carbonation is just right. Alcohol not obvious at all. Some slight singed notes and bread but they complement the citrus and tropical flavours nicely. Enough bitterness. Dryish at the end. Dangerously swiggable and quite delightful.