budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with an ample head and thick lacing left behind. The aroma is a blast of hops and dark fruity esters. The taste is fantastically hoppy with just the right amount of toasted grain. This beer is brilliant. Cybercat (5877) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Mouth-watering aroma is hoppy like a good IPA yet smoky like a good stout or porter. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent tan head that leaves some good lacing. Scrumptious flavor has strong hoppy, fruity and mocha notes with a burnt undertone and firm but not fierce hoppy bitterness and a noticeable alcohol bite. Firm-bodied texture is smooth yet lively, leaving a hoppy, edgy, bitter, and subtly fruit-sweet finish. I look forward to sampling more black IPAs. (Wait a minute - if you think about it, "Black IPA" is an oxymoron. How can something be black and pale at the same time?) Volsconti (21) - - MAR 9, 2012
Incredibly tasty IPA with a smooth finish! Interesting appearance and does not leave you dry.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Much more balanced, tasty and complex than their "regular" black ipa I had on tap a few months ago - kind of the best of imperial ipa and imperial stout here - black with a creamy tan head - nose is almost all IIPA at first, with assertive, resinous green hop character - seriously dank, woody - some black malt character hiding underneath - silky mouthfeel, full body - wonderful balance of assertive, moderately acidic hops and hefty, stouty maltiness - alcohol is perfectly masked - pretty freaking delicious.talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Earlier Rating: 8/22/2010 Total Score: 3.5
Tap at Falling Rock - seriously black pour, looking much like an imperial stout - thick tan head - don’t know the abv on it, but it seemed to pack quite a punch, occasionally to its detriment, as the alcohol was quite noticeable, especially as it warmed, becoming a bit fusely in the finish - aside from this, though, the beer was assertive and complex - intense woody hop character that worked well off of the strong roasted malt character, and complimented the dry-ish notes of anise and bakers chocolate presented - intensely bitter but not abrasive - a lot of dry woody character throughout - aside from the strong alcohol, it is a good representation of the style.
The beer pours nearly black with a full, dense, foamy, dark beige head which leaves a thin froth and drippy lace. The nose is pleasantly hoppy with grapefruit, resinous notes, some pine, maybe even a bit floral, some spicy alcohol wisps, and other notes of burnt caramel and faint Colombian coffee. The flavor is similar but more balanced by the malts; still spicy, grapefruit, resinous, earthy, and piney but with milk chocolate, burnt caramel, faint tobacco, and similar coffee notes. The palate is nice with a full body, a chewy/silky mouthfeel, and soft to lively carbonation. The beer finishes more bitter with resinous and earthy notes matching coffee bitterness and lingering tobacco. The beer carried a moderately high bitterness mostly from the hops but a little from the dark malts. The dark malt notes never became chalky or intensely dry, while the hop and malt notes never clashed which are common downfalls of this style. To be honest, I was expecting a mess of a beer given the style and the brewery but this one surprised me; superb appearance (something similar to a Nogne beer??), very filling palate, and dark malts meshing well with intense hops. What a pleasant surprise from a local brewery.
milewide (2260) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Super blend of intense hops, and herbal bitterness, with roasted malt mellowness. Ten percent ABV is too high for my regular rotation, however I vote for a lower alcohol version of this in 6-packs year around! mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
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. jcwattsrugger (12427) - 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 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 Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Very delicious impy black IPA. Has all the classic moves -- dark chocolate, soft roast, pine and citrus. And it also has a subtle smoky quality that gives it even more depth. Wonderful blend of flavors and aromas. And wonderful balance, with boldness and finesse. Loved it.