alexsdad06 (11238) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2016
22 oz bottle from notes (2012). Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark chocolate, some earthy bitterness resiny hops, dark fruit, raisins, good bitterness, nice mix of malts and hops. Better than I expected. GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 20 Apr 2012 -- This was a great IPA. The first Black IPA I have ever had. Expanding my palette one black beer at a time! GarrettB (1694) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2015
August 8th, 2013 - The Incredible Hop series continues with Fort Collins’ Imperial Black IPA, one of a style which is appearing with more and more frequency these days. The black body gives off a heavily spiced smell with black licorice, juniper and clove, with a touch of char as well, wreathed in black pepper, and topped with a nice hit of Jamaican jerk spice. The palate is smooth and silky, but perks up a little at the end with a last burst of bubbles, to deliver an extra dose of spiced flavors. The flavor here reminds me of Jamaican blackened fish, with all the spicy elements present, and a huge kick in the aftertaste, paired with an equally spicy hops. Very unique, even in the "Black IPA" category, and quite engaging. slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"more pine than citrus in the aroma, with a healthy dose of dark roasted malt, cocoa and maybe licorice? well balanced, smooth, medium body. pretty nice in-style." jbruner (5470) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pours a deep black from the bottle with fluffy tan head that leaves good lace. Aroma is big on the malt with hint of black smoke and roast, lingering vegetal pine. Taste is malt and booze forward, hops have definitely fallen off and oxidized. Would like it fresh I’m sure.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
22oz bottle -
I don’t get a chance to rate a lot of Fort Collins beers, but those that I have I’ve mostly enjoyed, so this beer continues that trend. Aroma has is nearly stout like with so much roastd malts. There is some piney hops struggling to get out, but it’s an unbalanced mix of the two...clearly malt forward. A subtle touch of smoke (I think) seems to escape now and again, which was nice. Flavor is straight-up bitter, bitter, and more bitter. Like drinking an espresso with hops floating in it. Very dry, very puckering. Not sure how this can be an Imperial IPA, when it tastes like an Imperial stout without the mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable. ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 1, ’12
Clear, black with a small frothy brown head and excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt and hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a dry oily texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good complex beer. mojoman (158) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Tap at Nashville brewfest ; very good. Malt hop balance is steller. Find it. Love it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle from BevMo: The liquid poured a jet black color and was topped with a firm layer of head that left behind trails of lace. In the aroma, an instant whiff of hops dominates the nose and suggests citrus fruits. The flavor is intensely bitter with a huge bite of ripe green hops that clearly counterbalance the usage of roast black malt. Definitely one of the better black IPA’s I’ve had, and not to shabby for being the first beer recipe sampled by Fort Collins. This alone was enough to persuade me to buy the variety 12-pack I saw for sale. Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2013
22oz bomber. Pours dark brown-black color with a frothy creamy tan head. Aroma is bitter pine, slightly charred, roasted malts, and some licorice notes. Taste is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, ash, and pine.