wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2010
22oz bottle black wax with silver flakes.
black with a nice tight light brown head. great lacing.
roasted/burnt malt chocolate aroma with hints of grapefruit coffee toffee...kind of a lot going on.
sweet bitter coffee chocolate pudding flavor. light citrus grapefruit notes
bitter roasted burnt malt finish notes of chocolate pudding.
medium heavy body light carbonation.
i really love this beer. there is a lot going on. heavy dark roasted flavors and aromas intermingled with light citrus and green notes. well done what i want from a black ipa. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - 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. MeadMe (1662) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
thanks to fishingnet for the share.
A: Pours a nice brownish black hue with a small head. Nice retention and some spotty lace.
S: Aroma is like a bag full of pine needles, resinous and sappy. Hints of roast pop through as well.
T: Hopped up for sure. Lots of pine with hints of citrus rind. Notes of roast can be picked up. The finish is more bitter herbal nice.
M: Medium in body, nice carbonation, nice biting bitter finish.
D: Good drinking tasty IPA. Win. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 8, 2009
tap at flossmoor. pours a dark brown with a small tan head. notes of citrusy hops, pine, grapefruit, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. very good. nice and refreshing. dry finish. If i would have had another beer at flossmoor it would have been this. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2009
On tap at FS. Pours black with a tan head. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, and floral hops in the nose with some of the roasted malts coming through. The hops really pop in the flavor, medium bitterness fresh citrus and grapefruit. The roast has a slight bitterness that isn’t lost or overdone. Solid IPA, its hard to drink this one slow.
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
On tap at Flossmoor. Pours black with a tan head. Doesn’t pour much like an IPA. Aroma is of bitter, juicy hops, malt, roast, citrus, and pine. Damned if it doesn’t smell delicious. Taste starts off with a nice chocolately roast taste. A fair amount of caramel as well. Following the roastiness is a large character of piney, juicy hops. The hop bitterness surprisingly blends well with the roastiness. There is a lot of citrus in this one as well. Has a lingering malty pine taste. Light, crisp mouthfeel. It worked very well, and is drinkalbe as all hell...From my notes... 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2009
A - Soapy citrus. Interesting roast maltiness, though still IPA dominant. Caramel. Nice mix here.
A - Dark black with tan head. Weird to see an IPA do that. 5 for intrigue, and Flossmoor bias.
F - Mostly upfront juicy, bitter piney citrus. Great hops are the main focus. Roast malt, almost part of the spotlight. But they do not compliment so well as in a naturally dark style. Still a great taste on both sides, without being to pushy or unbalanced.
P - Nice bitter, all around. Average linger. Good mouth and body. Drinkable.
O - Another Shimkos IPA I was quite impressed with. I especially enjoyed getting the full piney, citrus grapefruit dose of an IPA with a desirable dark malt background. Nice concept, blend, and balance and mix of generally contrasting or dominant characteristics in a beer. I’d do this regularly. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - FEB 6, 2010
pours a red brown. Nose is big roasted malt and floral hops, big resiney pine, hints of alcohol and fruit esters peeking out behind the roasted barely. Flavor is charred grains, big floral and some citrus flavors, hints of fruit. 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. Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2009
On tap at the brewpub in Flossmoor. I instantly loved the idea behind this beer with the experimentation of a dark ipa. The results turned out pretty good as well. This beer looks like a creamy oatmeal with a fluffy beige cream head, that maintained nicely with thick lacing, medium appearing body, and dark cola brown-black in color. Smelling, on the other hand, takes you completely off-gaurd as I’ve never smelled a beer that dark that was as hop dominated as this one. There are roasted malts in the background, the leafy/flowery hop airiness dominates along with mango, citrus fruits, oat and grainy cereal. As far as the taste/palate goes, the mouthfeel here could have been slightly fuller and slightly more balanced (which is crazy that a beer so dark would need a stronger malt profile), but the finish was very nice with roasted nutty oats that combine with nice bitter that is maintained throughout. Most of the flavor notes coincide with the aroma, so they do play off one another well. Overall, I loved the idea, and definitely enjoyed this is ipa.