mikem409 (2022) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2012
bottle from holiday market. pours black with gorgeous tan head. aroma of hops and roasted malt. the hops pair well with the coffee flavor from the malt. natejgood (508) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pours a darkish brown with a decent sized beige head that is frothy and stick around. Aroma of floral hops - pretty intense smell so not much else pushing through. Flavor is bitter hops (fairly bright) mixed with sweet malt and a bit of molasses. Very drinkable. Less different than a standard imperial IPA than some black IPAs, but that’s not a bad thing. Good entry in the exploding list of black IPA choices. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2011
22. Pours a full-on ebony, nearly opaque. Big dense creamy head. Nice rich nose, good combination of sweeter malty chocolate notes along with plenty of pine and grapefruit hop aromatics. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Interesting combination of sweet chocolate malt with all the pine and grapefruit on the mid-palate. Appealing and drinkable but still very powerful. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
[Bottle] Dark mahogany hue, impressive head formation. Big piney hop and vanilla chocolate malt aroma. Impressive hop citrus from start to finish, roasted chocolate, nutty middle grows as it warms, strong citrus in the aftertaste. Definitely to my taste. thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Poured into a shaker glass. Aroma is of Carmel malt, chocolate, and roast malt. Also some dark fruits. Flavor is similar. Palate is medium carbonation, slightly oily and full bodied. Overall, not my favorite black ipa, but its good.
J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Pours black as night with a brown head. Under intense halogen light, it shows a crystal clear deep ruby color, but still very dark. Aromas of dark molasses and brown sugar along with slight vegetal and rubber mat scents. I was expecting a "Black IPA" in the new "West Coast" style, but this is much more like a highly hopped stout! The sweet and roasted/charred malt flavors of a traditional stout are slapped upside the head by a mouth filling herbal/vegetal bitterness. It’s a very intense combination, but it mostly works. All of these flavors are left behind to linger and invite another sip. Not something I’d drink all the time, but a very interesting and unique beer. GMCC2181 (1608) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Bottle shared by brett (BAJ54)... thank buddy. Black in color, duh... decent head. Nose is really hoppy for a black ale... roasted malts and some chocolate... Taste is intially hoppy, followed by roasted malts and chocolate. Definetely a black IPA... medium body. Overall: This isnt my favor style.... I like my hoppy beers and I like my stout/porters........just not mixed together... bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with moderate tan head. Aroma of chocolate, citrus, caramel, and roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, grapefruit, roasted malt, grass, and toasted grain. bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle. Black beer with a tan head. Chocolate and caramel aroma. Chocolate and caramel flavor with grapefruit. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Chocolate and caramel lingers with light pine and grapefruit. Maverick34 (3212) - New York, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Draught from the tigre. Dark pour with hint of red brown. Small but persistent head. Aroma is earthy and floral. Taste is malty and chocolatey with a hops kick. A bit sweet but pretty excellent.