alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle; very nice looking pour, blackish with a ligther brown head of decent size. Nice, balanced aroma; lots of nice pine, earth, fruit, caramel, and roasted malt. A touch of sweetness. Nice aroma. Flavor preferred balance, subtle complexity to aggressive, over the top flavors. Subtle flavors of roasted malt and earth, chocolate and pine, with some caramel. Surprisingly drinkable. superspak (5514) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in March 2012. Pours a fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, orange, herbal, and floral. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, roasted malt, pine, orange zest, herbal, floral, biscuit, char, grass, nuttiness, and cocoa. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, pine, biscuit, char, herbal, and grass on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of all flavors; with very balanced roasted/hop flavors which I really like. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an very excellent Black IPA. Great balance and complexity of flavors; very good malt balance and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering. hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Pours a very dark brown with a big tan head and a lot of lacing. Nose of citrus and flowers. Full body and a smooth cream mouthfeel. The flavor is roasted malts with chocolate, and and long hop finish with bitterness. A really well crafted Black IPA. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2012
22oz bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a fresh piny hoppy nose with some sweet toasty dark malts. Starts with pretty good fullness and light caramel sweetness with assertive resiny hop flavor and bitter balance before a drier bittersweet finish. True to style and enjoyable. JoeZasada (317) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
Bomber Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Malty aroma, sweet, kinda roasted, smells like an english brown. Taste: Malty, sweetish, with a mild to moderate hop bitterness, notes of citrus. Warming mouthfeel. Finishes with a grassy sweet bitterness, lots of roasted malt going on here. Good complexity here... quite good....
robforbes (2238) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2012
pours a deep dark brown with a red tint, a small khaki head, and good lacing.
smell is very complex, malt, pine, hops, a touch of citrus, caramel, prunes, and some grapefruit.
taste is thick, hoppy, dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, and a touch of grapefruit. ends nicely bitter. DocLock (10659) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bomber. Pours hazy dark brown with khaki head. Nose is roasty toasted malt, resint NW hops, cacao. Tastes malty, with roasty NW hops, molasses, and a rich finish. tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
22 oz from Capones. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with thick fluffy mocha head. Nose is roasted and sweet malt with the faintest hit of piney hops. Taste is sweet and roasted malt, slight hop bitterness, and butter crumbles. If you told me it was a porter I’d say it was good, not as an IPA. hopdog (12471) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
22oz bottle.Brown pour with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earth, roast, some chocolate in the background, and citrus. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, citrus, some pine, and roast. glennmastrange (2859) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop aromas of toasted and pine resin, light leather for the yeast, with wood, charcoal and tobacco in the background. Heas is small to average, frothy, tan with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear, very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation. A great aroma, but this Black IPA lacks any sweetness. Otherwise it’s true to style.