GarrettB (1600) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2017
April 8th, 2017 - Black IPA’s were the rage a few years ago, and I was very sad to see the trend disappear. The malt bill clashes in fascinating ways with a hoppy profile, and that might have been why the trend ended itself. But I still see Black IPAs here and there on store shelves. Still, a tap sighting is rare these days, so I snapped at Hess’ Deceptio. Opal black and shining like lava glass on the glass, it is an imperious beer, orphic in its opacity, with a thin, stack of tan pearls for a head. The aroma is lightly grainy, but also pushes a slight smokiness. A second and third sniff reveal a light fruit cocktail sweetness; tangerine specifically makes an appearance. The flavor is stronger than the aroma, with a pronounced bitterness that peaks in the mid-taste, flexing those hop cones. Featuring what I enjoy in this style, the hops and grains clash in a curious fashion, and while it isn’t especially elegant, the core essential of the style is here. snoworsummer (5697) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2017 Draft at Mike Hess OB. Pours dark nut brown with a bubbly beige head. Tastes like burnt toast, dark chocolate malt, light booze, and some dark fruits. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like burnt toast, dark fruits, booze, and dark chocolate. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2017
Tap in OB. Pours dark brown. Aroma is chocolate, earthy notes, woody notes, light roast, and faint raisins. Flavor is rich and earthy bitterness, dark chocolate, and soft dark caramel malt with a dry, ashy finish. Medium body. blipp (9278) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 22, 2017
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Fruity hops base, mild roast, some pithy citrus, mild-moderate bitterness, and a relatively balanced finish. Pretty good. kevinator (2205) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2016
Faint hoppy aroma. Typical black coffee appearance with a small head. Medium weight and good carbonation. Strong flavors of piney bitterness up front with a slightly roasty background.
Travlr (24825) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Bottle. Very dark brown color, thick tan head with good retention. Nice aroma of pine dipped in espresso. Taste has bitter chocolate, coffee, pine resin, nice balance. Very tasty. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2015
22oz bomber (8.8%) pours with a dark brown to mahogany colored body that supports a full tall dark tan head. The aroma offers up thin dark roasted malts, spicy to earthy floral hops, a dash of citrus and then a pleasing milk chocolate note. The taste is similar with a hoppy blend of citrus, spicy onion like hops and floral hops floating around amid nice chocolate malts, some dark roasted malts and thin black patent burnt maltiness. It leaves behind a pleasant toasty toasty sensation with persistent hops. Nice CDA. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Draft at the Santee Bluegrass Festival. 2nd of two black IPAs on the field today. The aromas and flavors were very subtle from what I expect from an IPA. They were hoppy and citrus, just a little understated I think. lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2015
Draught @ the brewpub, San Diego, CA. Pours a cola brown colour with a small head. Aroma of honey melon, citrus and some roastiness. Flavour of crisp citrusy bitterness, licorice, roastiness, leather and grass. Full bodied. Rich and strong. laiti (8469) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2015
Draught @ the brewpub, San Diego. Aroma is sweetish with rye tones and resiny malt. Flavour has leathery notes, rye, licorice and some resin. Finishes with strong lingering hoppiness. A solid BIPA.