olsvammel (7274) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 Bottle at BA in Örebro. It had a strong hop smell, fruity and grassy with some grapefruit, caramel and chocolat. Similar taste with a musty and malty body. Very nice. zizzybalubba (1880) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Dark cola-like pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of smoky, chocolaty malts at first that fade into pine and soft citrus and eventually blend both impressions. The flavor is exactly what you would expect from the aroma; chocolate, pine, and citrus. The alcohol is a bit more present than in other Black IPAs I have had with similar ABV percentages (Sublimely Self Righteous and Uinta Dubhe come to mind). In fact, other than the slightly alcoholic aftertaste this is close to being on par with those examples. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on August 30th, 2012.beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark black, no head.
Aroma:Aroma is roasty and of chocolate.
Taste: Bitter but not super aggressive compared to other Black IPAs, roasty, some chocolate.
Palate:Medium light body.
Summary: An interesting take on the black IPA that isn’t as aggressively hop forward in taste compared to others of the style.
Bottle. Pours a dark blackish color with some reddish notes and a beige head. Aroma is hoppy but smells older, I get grapefruit, tea leaf, pine some roasted malt, coffee, dark caramel and chocolate. The flavor follows the nose with the older hop flavors of grapefruit, tea leaf and pine along with dark caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, darker fruit and coffee. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a solid Black IPA, but its no Stone 15th. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2012
More chocolate and roast than hop but overall balanced and very tasty. Pours black with small off white head and decent lacing. Nose of chocolate, slight roast. Palate is a lot of chocolate and more roast with just enough bittering hop to balance it out. Quick dry finish.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a nice cap of warm beige head. The aroma picked up bright pine, citrus, and grassy hoppage over chocolate and almost biscuity malts.. fresh and really good for the style (I’m not usually a fan). The flavor found toasted chocolate, black malts, and very deep caramel maltage at the core, with pine and citrus bitterness plus dry coffee roast on the edges.. picked up a touch of darker fruit on the long, bitter finish. Medium-plus bodied with a lot of sweetness, but a lot of bitterness to balance it out.. this was almost a toss-up between hoppy stout and black IPA, and it worked. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2012
This poured a medium brown color with a lighter tan hwead. Aroma was strong herbal and citrusy hops, with mild to medium roast and light dark chocolate too. Flavor was a pretty good blend of fresh fruity hops and roast. Not a huge fan of black ipas but i like this one. If the roast was a little moe subdued and the hops a little brighter this would have been world class. AWISLguy (3283) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2012
750ml bomber from Discount in Waukesha. Pours an opaque cola-colored with a foamy chocolate milk head. Great lacing - rings and spots down the glass. Aroma has burnt roasted malts, piney hops, coffee grounds and chocolate. Taste is of sweet caramel and hints of citrus and pine first, then bitter burnt roasted malt, some nuttiness and alcohol. Interesting and tasty flavor blend prior to a bitter nut flavor taking over further down in the glass. Very chewy. Finishes with a lot of bittersweetness; citrus, coffee, some chocolate and that bitter nut. Strong flavor palate and a really tasty brew. Not the best black ipa, but in that next tier mostly due to the hop presence being slightly more muted than would make it a top rater. madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2012
Bottled. Black coloured. Dense light Brown head . Aroma ofcocoa, dense herbs, flowers, roast. Nice. Flavour of Cocoa, roast, choco, flowers, Spice, light pine. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a roasted herbal bitterness. Quite Nice. pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Aroma: Resin and floral hops--rich and potent
Appearance: Inky black with thick tan head
Taste: Slight sweetness balanced by a medium bitterness that fades quickly
Palate: Full body, slick oily texture, dry finish, soft carbonation
Overall: This is an interesting beer. The aroma would lead me to think tart and bitter IPA, but it’s really balanced and dry. I’m intrigued and caught off guard.