AndyW68 (1641) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2013
Good. Deep brown with light tan head. Aroma is not bad, but for an imperial black ipa, I was expecting more hops thanmalt. Flavor was good, but again where does ipa come into this. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2013
22 oz bottle-tight shaving cream lt tan that laces-black. A-sweet licorice/anise-dk malt, resin. T-roasty/ashy/cocoa/anise-dk malt, resin hops. 9/5/7/4/14=3.9. With food and at cellar temp. 9/5/8/4/16=4.2 cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2013
black color, aroma of, pine/earthy hops, roasted malt, same flavors, slight chocolate notes, booze, good amount of bitterness, well balanced conway (2210) - - MAR 7, 2013
Uploading old reviews that were missing comments. Solid black IPA without a real standout feature. Good but probably won't revisit.
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Deep black with a rocky tan head. Aroma is more sweet and roasty malt than (hint of) earthy and minty hops. Bold and bitter, also toasted carmel and coffee. I’m rating it hedonically and not for being in style, which it’s not. It’s a wonderfully hoppy imperial porter and not more. If you want to call it a DBIPA, you have to knock the nose off my face with hop aroma.
ajnepple (7337) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2013
22 oz bottle poured into my FCB pint glass. Pours black with a huge tan head and sticky lacing. Roasted malt aroma, spruce, citrus hops, wood and cocoa. Pretty full body with a smooth and silky feel. The flavor starts out roasted and is balanced by a pine and citrus hop finish that lingers. Medium hop bitterness and pretty easy to drink for 10%. Almost stout-like, a very nice offering from FCB. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
22oz bottle. Medium tan head atop cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit, light vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, grapefruit, light chocolate syrup. Medium-full body, some resin, stickiness. Dodgrblu (756) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
22 ounce bottle from BevMo; medium head, smooth palate the roastiness and bitterness tend to battle each other; better as it warms. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
On tap at the rackhouse pub I was excited because I love ipa’s and have never even heard of this beer. Guess what color it was? It had a dark-coffee colored head and looked like an imperial stout. The smell was nicely hopped but malty, ooh. The flavor was just plain good. It bounced back and forth between a citrus flavor from the hops to a good, almost imperial stout-like maltiness. I am usually never impressed by "black IPA" beers but this as well as Stone Sublimely self-righteous manage to let the hops shine. Most "black IPA" beers i’ve had are like hopped up porters and not IPA’s.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 08-07-2010 20:55:08 decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Black pour with off white head and clinging lace. Aroma is light burnt coffee, malt, and light resiny hops. Sweet maltiness, cough syrup, burnt coffee, and a decent resiny bitter. Medium body with good carbonation. not bad