thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Poured from the bottle into one of my shaker glass’. Pours dark brown almost black. thin tan head with lots of lacing. Aroma is all hops! Flavour is bitter up front, really nice hop flavours. Then finishes totally roasty. I love Black Ipa’s, and usually they are more roast, or more hops, but this one seems very well balanced! One of the best Grand Teton beers I’ve had!! Now that I’ve gone black, I can’t go back!!! Lupulucid (189) - - OCT 17, 2013
Bottled 11/5/10. Perfumed, malty aroma and black walnut color are hints of the rich complex flavors in Trout hop. Malt is dark but not overly toasted. Hops make an appearance, but after three years of bottle conditioning, the most significant contribution is bitterness sufficient to balance malt sweetness somewhat. Malt character is prominent. Though ABV is 8.5% there is also quite a bit of estery expression. rougeau13 (2958) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2016 Bottle at Village Pizza in Estes Park. Nearly black pour with a big frothy tan head that laces thickly. Aroma of mostly roasted malt and some pine. Big, rich flavor of roast, chocolate and pine. Medium-full bodied and really smooth. Excellent. sickboy79 (66) - USA - MAR 17, 2011
This is the first Black IPA I’ve ever tried. I’m a hop head, so I couldn’t resist. Really interesting flavors. Pours black like a stout, with a nice little head. Aroma is coffee and hops - floral like. Taste is a mix of a porter and IPA to my tastes. Very rich coffee like flavors with a wonderful hop bite on top! I dig it! Highly recommended for hop heads looking for something different. Second time I’ve purchased it. saxo (18208) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Huge head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich hops, roast malt, flowers, chocolate and caramel.
IndianaRed (4545) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2010
On tap at Brewforia Meridian, ID. Pours a clear dark brown with a dense rich light tan head. Sweet roasted aroma with soft sweet pine hop notes. The dark roasted flavors are rich,
robust but much less astringent and biting as I expected. Very full and flavorful. Slight IBU bitter bite at the end.
Very tasty. Rasmus40 (20318) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
Clear dark ruby with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and rather malty - grapefruity. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter. 300911 uhclem (428) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2015
This is a very good black IPA - the best I’ve tasted. Pours a rich, deep brown with an ecru head and persistent lacing. Nose is pine, coffee and citrus. Taste is just the right blend of hops and malt with a citrus kicker at the back end. Mouthfeel is lush and the finish bitter with scallops of sweetness. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - APR 23, 2015
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served deep-brown, almost black color with a one finger had of cream colored foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a chocolate and caramel smell mixed with some other aromas of a pine and grapefruit smell. There are some lighter notes of tropical fruits and a little bit of grass thrown in the mix as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a chocolate malt flavor mixed with some caramel and a decent showing of roast. Along with these taste are some nice pine and grassy hop tastes, which start out light, but get stronger and stronger as the taste moves on. Other hop tastes of a citrus nature join in as the taste moves on all while some more pine and a woody like flavor develop later. With the caramel and chocolate fading a tad at the end, one is left with a balanced and moderately hopped roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a tad thinner then I was anticipating all while the carbonation level was fairly standard. The lighter body did make for a nice medium as it keep it rather easy drinking and had enough robustness to uphold the hop flavors all while not making the roasted and sweet flavors from becoming the dominant flavor factor. Fairly well done.
Overall – A quite tasty black IPA. It is nice and balanced and has a good clean drinking taste which makes for one to try if you get the chance.
arkurzynski (2415) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2010
On tap at Sugar Maple. Deep brown/black with off-white head. Nice Northwest hoping in the nose. Mild roasted flavor, resinous hopping with a nice edge. Clean finish, well rounded. Medium body. Straight hop bitterness edge over Sublimely Self-Righteous, overall - not as smooth.