anders37 (26194) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2010
Draft @ Flossmoor Station, Flossmoor, IL. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity hoppy aroma with some hints of pine needles. Malty bitter hoppy flavor with some hints of caramel and pine. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium cream head. Aroma of coconut, caramel, citrus, cocoa, florals, pine, and marshmallow. Flavor of roasted malt, grass, toasted coconut, chocolate, and pine with a dry, bitter finish. BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Tap at Flossmoor. Black pour with red edges when held up to light. Mild sweet grapefruit nose, burnt coffee on taste. Decent IPA, and interesting. phaleslu (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2011 Draft at the brewpub. Pours very hazy dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and floral and earthy notes. Flavor matches up pretty well, with some grapefruit present. Medium bodied, with an earthy mouthfeel and lingering dry, bitter finish. Really impressive beer. Re-Rate, 4/29/11 at the Pre-DLD event at the brewpub. This is more of an up-the-middle black IPA than I remember. Downgrading a few points. Still very good and no new notes specifically, just that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did initially. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Courtesy of fishingnet, Ben you ROCK! (and Adam too!). Pours dark amber to mahogany with thin white head. The aroma is robust with burnt malts, black licorice cotton candy (if such a thing exists), floral hops, some spicy hops, lots more floral hops and evergreen fir tree tree-ness. Wow! The taste is very floral with hop flavor and some spicy hops backed up by solid resiny hop bitterness to go along with a faint sweet malts backbone. Lots and lots of spicy, fir tree and a huge meadow of floral hops.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Pint served on draft at the Mug Club tapping (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a dark roasty black and brown, lighter edges, some darkness, but not opaque. A nice tannish head that dies to a film, laces decent. Aromas are pacific northwest hops, citrus and pine mix liberally on the nose, a touch of roasted and caramel malts, juicy grapefruit, lemon. Initial is medium bodied, a full coating, a nice juicy and piney hop assertiveness tempered by the roasty and caramel malts, not overpowering or strong roast, but enough malt to make a difference on the palate. Flavors grow into the body, roasty malts, toast, caramel as a nice bitterness coats as well. This strikes a really interesting balance, roasty and a bit chocolatey on the backend perhaps, an interesting sweet contrast on the backend, but still largely hop dominant. This is one of the first Black IPAs I’ve enjoyed. Not overdone with sufficient roasted and caramel malt backbone further into the brew, albeit a little underbodied.. I’d like a little more thickness in the body. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small off-white head. Citrusy nose with chocolate and light roast. Fairly bright. The flavor is citrusy and bitter with more coffee than roast. Lingering dry earthy finish. Medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. OK, but there’s a slightly weird dry and earthy finish that dominates a little too much and I don’t care for it a whole lot. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
In short: A big hoppy nutty dark ale. Fun beerCornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
How: Bottle 22oz, black wax top, 2011 bottling. Consumed uber-fresh a few weeks after the bottling. Bottle sent to me by Sherm1016, thanks a lot Todd
The look: Uber-dark brown body topped by a large beige head with good retention and leaving good lacings.
In long: Nose is toasted nuts and dark cake along with a bunch of hops-related aromas (green herbs, pine-tree, etc.). Taste obviously has a lot of dark roasted malts. Some black chocolate, nuts,. light notes of roasted coffee beans, brownies, more nuts, caramel. Carbonation is a bit smooth. Hopping is far from over-the-top with moderate herbal and pine-tree bitterness. This is not the Black IPA I’m used to from the USA, the land of black IPAs. This is more like a big fat creamy nutty imperial brown ale with a generous amount of hops. * Overall the Black Magic was good. I’m into black magic myself, I can read minds and know what people are doing, hmmm…. you’re reading my right now.
I had a couple of mugs of this at the brewpub in lieu of lunch. (Hell. When one can afford either good beer or food, where’s the choice?) Brewmaster Bryan told me that in a literally blind taste test, only 60% of the tasters could tell which IPA had the dark malts. I believe him. The nose has a sturdy dosage of PNW hops. What gives it away to me is that instead of the typical caramel/toffee/pale malt scents oozing out from beneath, you get a slight whiff of roasty and chocolatey sweetness. In the flavor, the hops carry the load, but the malt backbone is smoother than usual, providing a counterpoint to the hoppy tastes and bitterness rather than the boost that one usually gets from the lighter sweetness. The bottom line, though, is that this tastes damned good, finishing on a bitter citric note with light chocolate undertones. Very nice. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brune body with an off white head. Roast y floral hoppiness with a light grass and coffee esk tones. Dry roast y body with a strong presence of hop oils and bitter pine resins. Nice.