fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2011
bottle(2010) from Plaza at home 8Feb11 pours dark brown with thin shades of red on the bottom of the glass, medium frothy tan head. Aroma is cola, chocolate, light roast notes, spicy grassy hops. Flavor is sweet cocoa and caramel upfront, really odd how much sweet dark malt flavors there are versus dry, bitter roasted malts. The sweetness is cut by a nice spicy hop bitterness that lingers into a slight alcohol burn. Seems more like a mildly hoppy RIS to me. TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
(2010) Pours a nice dark brown/black. Pleasant citrus, piny hop aroma. Roasty malts. Smooth body, with a mild hop finish. Enjoyable. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2011
dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a medium tan head.
aroma is piney and light citrusy hop over chocolate malt.
body is a little light.
flavour is light chocolate and coffee roasted maltiness. piney resinous hop.
very smooth and easy drinking. rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2015 Had at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle. Pretty good beer. Hoppy but not overly-aggressively so. Nice roasted flavor. Serving: Tap hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Near black pour, citrus and hops aroma. Taste isn’t as hoppy as the aroma, hints of roast malt, also fairly sweet. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish. This is sweeter and less hoppy than a typical ipa, but I like it and drink it all the time.
douglas88 (9789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2011
750 ml bottle bought in Boise. Pours a dark mahogany color, appears black until held up to light, with a large light cream colored head. A very nice pine and citrus hop nose. The flavor is very good; dominated very much by the hops, pine, some nice orange peel bitterness, fruity, zesty and spicy, light chocolates and toasted malt. Very nice. So easy to drink. I love this style. baraciisch (3438) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
The second black IPA I’ve had... Still not terribly impressed with this style. Seems like people just want to invent stuff to be different, not because it is good. This one seems better than the Deschutes one however. Black in color with an orange tan head... Aroma is the most interesting part, burnt malts, caramel, citrus hops... Body is fairly light, citrus notes... Gives way to a coffee bitterness on the palate... Definitely complex, could probably get used to it... SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours deep black with a medium head. Aroma of grapefruit rind, pine and burnt malt. The flavor is more complex with chocolate, and roasted malts. It finishes with bittering hops and burnt malt. Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Attractive reddish orange color with a circle of tan head. Sweet malty notes mixed with a nice balance of hops. Flavor is syrupy sweet and bitter roasted hops. Roasted caramel malts also come into play. Finishes a small amount of bitterness. Fairly well put together. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
(750ml bottle) Pours a brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, pine, and citrus. Flavor of chocolate, coconut, caramel, roasted malt, and pine with a dry, moderately bitter finish.