beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JUL 17, 2011
Not a bad beer, just that it tastes like they took their loose cannon ipa and mixed in a porter. No real thought behind it, just that they figured the black ipa was a big seller right now and made the closest thing they could. dlovell2 (2236) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 Pint from Frisco Grille. Thought I had missed this beer but luckily Frisco had it on tap again. Very dark brown with white head, Citrus aroma. Malty flavor with some smokey notes. Citrus hop finish but not overpowering bitterness. Very nice brew. AllHatDavidson (10) - Davidson, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Pours black with a great head on there. Aroma is hoppy with a degree of carmel. Taste is smoky goodness. The hops were a bit piney.Really enjoyed the balanced flavors and hops. Clean finish and worth a try if you get a chance. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Firkin at f.w.sullivans on 01/17/2011. Dark black body with a small creamy tan head. Big roast, chocolate, and floral hop aroma. Big roast and chocolate flavor, some floral hops and a dry bitter finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
drewcnelson (13) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Really nice. Dark with strong citrus notes. Like an extra hoppy porter. Really drinkable with a well balanced high abv%.
Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2011
A nice mix of styles. Almost a hopped up porter. The piney hops cuts through a nice dark roast. At times you are pulled in two directions. But then a clean finish wraps things up leaving you asking for more. Ibrew2or3 (8807) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
12oz bottle pours mahogany with mocha head. The aroma has sticky pine hops along with mild notes of roasted malts and maybe chocolate malts too. The taste has a pleasing yet mild mix of pine and citrus hoppiness along with modest levels of roasted malts followed by sweet maltiness far off in the background. This is smooth and subtle for the style. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2011
THOUGHTS: A nice beer, but not quite what I was expecting for a black IPA. It smelled right, but it tasted almost more like a very hoppy porter at first. As it warmed it did get a little more black IPA-like, but it was still a little porterish.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, reddish brown that looked nearly black in the glass with red highlights in the light and an average to large, tan head that mostly, but somewhat slowly diminished and left good to excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate, roasted malts; lighter chocolate and coffee; moderate pine and grapefruit hops; slight licorice; and toward the end there was a little funk to the yeast. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet; moderately bitter and slightly salty; while the finish was moderately sweet and moderate to rather bitter with an average to long duration. There was roasted malt, orange and grapefruit hops, coffee, slight chocolate, dark bread and pine hops. It had nice balance and an a great transition. The medium body was a bit syrupy, but also somewhat oily and then a little dry with rather fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic finish. anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
Draft @ The Fred Bar, Sandy Spring, GA. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy citrus caramel flavor with weak hints of licorice. Has a slightly roasted malty hoppy bitter caramel finish. Brewbie (479) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2011
12oz bottle. pitch black with a small lasting head. piney aroma. big sprucy pine taste. light chocolate in the background. smooth finish. vey enjoyable.