smaynard6000 (1242) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2017 CharmCityCrab (249) - Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like that this black IPA seems to be an IPA first and a dark beer second. Many black IPAs really just seem to be porters or stouts with extra hops, whereas this seems to be an IPA brewed with some dark or roasted malts. Much better than the Sam Adams take on this style. A more authentic example of what you’d expect from the adjective "black" being applied to the style IPA. If the style was "hoppy porter", I’d go with other brewer’s interpretations, but its not, so Heavy Seas I think gets this right. Having said that, the label itself correctly notes that the style is an oxymoron BLACK India PALE ale, and I’m not sure I’m sold on the style in general yet.
Bottle. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is a blend of caramel malt and citrusy notes. Somewhat sweet with some bitterness, roasted malt with definite hop presence. Nicely balanced. I enjoyed it. Dal9000 (669) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Soft caramel and cinnamon? Upfront with an earthy middle. Mild lingering finish of earth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy Niko100 (2994) - Chicago, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, pine hops, & some caramel; Flavor of slight roasted malt, hops, chocolate, caramel, and some citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Fairly well balanced; Not too bad. katrinaez (2247) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Nice heavy flavor. Had in bottle and tap, but at different times. Can’t remember much else Beerdedone (3452) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a nice one finger tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma was roasty with pine, chocolate and coffee. flavor of roasted malts, pine, coffee, chocolate and a bit of caramel.
rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear very dark ruby brown color, beige head cover, stringers of lace. Aroma of peat malt and hops. Taste is toasted malt that grows a lot heading into the palate, turning decidedly bitter on the swallow, lingering a long time as a bit of malt seeps back in. Pretty good stuff. Weevo (182) - Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle, pours black with tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Taste of coffee, slight chocolate and cherry. Not to hoppy, really starting to enjoy the black IPA's
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone timwatson31 (2) - Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2014 does not count
Pretty good bipa. Pours dark brown. Nice taste while drinking, not over powering. Love the malt finish. TaktikMTL (7967) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquors (Westborough, MA) au coût de 1,95$. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe d’houblon. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe de chocolat et un soupcon d’houblon. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #5764) Darkmagus82 (2303) - - SEP 9, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-5-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a small cream colored head. The head has a low level of retention fading to leave very light lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma is of a roasted malt smell mixed with some caramel sweetness. Along with these smells are notes of licorice and a moderately strong aroma of molasses. Being an IPA, it is no surprise, that along with these smells are some nice notes of a pine and earthy hops, which when mixed with the rest, as well as a roasted coffee malt aroma, give a nice roasty but semi-sweet and moderately hoppy smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt taste mixed with a small amount of a citrus hop taste. There is a lighter sweetness present upfront that fades as the taste moves on and then returns again at the end. While the nose depicted a much sweeter profile, the taste was not all that sweet, yet was on the drier and roastier side until the very end where it sweetened up to a lighter to medium amount. The grapefruit hop that was present upfront is soon joined and surpassed in strength by a pine hop flavor. Toward the end an earthy flavor and a decently strong coffee flavor comes to the tongue. With some sweeter flavors of a caramel and light molasses flavor coming to the tongue as well, in the end, a lighter hop flavor mixed with a decent roasted coffee and semi-sweet taste is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – For a 7.25 % abv brew, the body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The lower carbonation was rather nice for the roasted flavors of the brew as well as the lighter hop flavors as it accentuated both. The thinner body however was not so good and took away from all those nice flavors.
Overall – A tasty and drinkable brew overall, although it was not really all that hoppy tasting as a IBA would be expected to be. It drinks nice and is rather enjoyable, but don’t expect a hop powerhouse here.