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. hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Black like a stout without the thick head. Nice aroma of citrus and light pine hops with just a touch of malt. Smooth and crisp and easy to drink. The brew starts with a caramel and malt sweetness but quickly turns wonderfully hoppy with some nice grapefruit and pine bitterness. Finishes smooth. Nice beer. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Thanks fishingnet for the share. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is roast, malt, piney bitterness with some resin that smells a bit sticky. Flavor is similar with resiny pine hop bite and some toasty to the malt. Very interesting beer. dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Thanks to Beerlando for the pour. Reddish black pour with a thick creamy head. Floral citrus hops, dark malt aroma. Chewy malt, resiny hop taste. Really good. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Metallic black wax bomber. Pours a translucent, dark mahogany to cola brown color. A small, khaki colored swirl of froth sits at the head, forming a bubbly edge. Wet arches break apart into scattered spot lacing. The nose comes across quite hoppy, showing resinous pine, citrus, and hints of earth, all backed up by a base of black patent malt, dry cocoa, and a good deal of grainy roast. Flavor are similarly structured, again quite aggressively hopped with piny-earth bitterness and hinting at mixed citrus. Smooth, dry cocoa malt, along with a bit of blackened caramel, provide the counterpoint, though it remains well on the bitter side of balanced. Slightly more substantial than medium bodied, the palate comes across smooth and slightly dry, with moderate carbonation and a lingering, piny-roasty finish. As black IPAs go, this one is pretty nice.
juiceisloose (1528) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2010
Black waxed bomber courtesy Beerlando. This one pours a mostly clear, dark cola brown color and topped by a small, beige colored head of foam. The aroma is nice and hoppy showing notes of citrus, pine resin, and earthy characters to go with the dark bittered malt, dry cocoa, and a touch of roast. The flavor follows suit with the pine and earth hop bitterness up front along with notes of citrus and balanced out by dark cocoa, roasted caramel, dark malt. This one leans more to the bitter side as it should. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry, lingering pine bitter finish. This is a nice black ipa with good flavor. kassner (1686) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
I like the type and this beer, Coke color with a modest head and some lacing. Nice hops fragrance, a full mouth and spicy notes underneath the good level of hops. tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 Tap at the pub. Black with some light escaping from the edges. Nice citrus nose with plrenty of black malt roast. Very bitter and way dry. Tasty for sure. phaleslu (10553) - 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. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2009
22 oz bottle. Very dark brown, barely clear along the edges. Quick fading head. Nose is grapefruit, orange, a touch of dark fruit and earthy coffee bean. Resiny medium body with a spicy buzz. Starts with caramel and quinine, increasingly bitter with grapefruit. Finishes with burnt sugar and ash. Kind of gritty.