Tmoney99 (14968) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2008
MBG Winter Fest 2008. Poured clear black color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly diminished with good lacing. Moderate roasted rye malt and hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. Complex solid beer. Dogbrick (13763) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Growler courtesy of a traveling friend. The beer pours dark brown with a medium and foamy tan head that recedes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is hoppy with a significant roasted malt and wood character. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with flavors of hops and coffee, plus roasted malt and oak. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitter chocolate aftertaste. Solid all around. jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2013
2013-09-08. Black body with a nice tan head and lace. 4+ Aroma is pleasant with leafy green hop character and light roast with chocolate accents. Flavour is pleasant, green leafy hops and moderate bitterness throughout, some roast. Smooth average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Pretty solid, it lets the hops shine past the roast which is sort of the point of a black IPA to me. On tap at Slows, Detroit b3shine (9145) - Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2014
Draft to pint at Founders. Looks good; a translucent dark cola with beige head that slowly dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; dark malt, hops, and roast. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Hops are bitter and piney. A good Black IPA. JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Growler shared by Dogbrick. Black pour with a medium beige head. Hoppy aroma (Centennial?) with a nice roasty character. Bitter citrus hop flavor up front with a roasty coffee finish. Very good blend of an IPA and a porter.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Draft on tap at the brewery (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a deeper dark blackish pour, well hazed with a bit of a ruby brownish glow on the bottom and edges. A frothy tannish head atop stays firmly sized, sticks around, laces well. Aromas throw gentle toastiness, biscuit, and florals. Some grapefruit, gentle pine, and florals show a decent to medium hop bitterness. As it warms, more firm to strong grappefruit rind, juice, and lemon. A bit toasty, resiny and pine elements present themselves. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, crisp and strong grapefruit bitter feel. Rind, juice, and florals present a good hop presence. A bit toasty, light biscuity feel. Smooths out more into the middle with a bit of body, still a firm citrusy and fresh hop presence. Backend shows grapefruit juice, piney resin elements work in with florals, a firm dryness. A touch of body and malt presence. Really fresh and constructed well, well balanced with that very pleasant hoppy bitter slant holding firm throughout. A darker malt feel gives it a bit of toast and body, gentle thickness but the hops still take this one home. Finish is dry, bitter, lingerinh hop presence hangs on. Not overwhelming or too much. Just right. Really nice fresh Black IPA. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
draft at Founders, one of 4 different black IPA’s i had here. solid, non complex BIPA. gets it right. Black *& IPA meld well together. Piney hops work with right about of chcolatey roast. well done BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2008
2008 MBG Winter Fest: Deep brown nearly black hue with a fading frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of charred and rye bread malt, piney and grassy hops, hint of pineapple and fig esters, and hint of fusel alcohol too. The taste is aggressively bitter from the dark malt and the abundance of hops. There is a subdued bready malt and fruit character as well before the spicy finish. The mouth feel is sprite and sharp, biting and astringent. A nice change of pace at the fest, another good example of the new hybrid style. tmoreau (4632) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2013
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and shaker served, showing a ruby highlighted, semi-opague, black/brown color, with a creamy, tan head, and ribbony cling to the lacing. The aroma was some sweetness, florals, citrus & fruit, some resin, and a hint of vanilla? Roastiness and some earthiness were more secondary and underlying notes. The flavor offered a lingering, citrusy astringent, & earthy hop bitterness. Less than medium bodied, a little thin on the palate, but a bit of silkiness to the mouthfeel, and pleasantly dry finishing.