gkeh (486) - Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Roasty, chocolate aroma with piney hops... pours black with a nice frothy head. Taste is citrusy hops, with roasted malts in the background. Overall a great beer, I’m a fan for sure. beersorcerer (52) - Armpit of the Panhandle, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2013
22oz bottle. Strong fresh hop mix with smoky roasted malt aroma. Deep dark color and mocha brown small to medium head with small retention but adequate carbonation.
Lots of initial hoppyness and then chocolate roast along with slight alcohol and smoky/bacon finish that’s really well balanced.
Clean slightly dry mouth feel.
Quite a surprise. All around very good.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle:   Deep cola in color, thin to moderate sudsy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Faint mildly burnt malts, dark chocolate, very little hop presence.   Smooth on the tongue, not as burnt or roasted as the nose suggested.   Very toasty, pale bitterness, but again, lacking in much hop aspect.   Seems very minor in terms of bitterness or aroma from anything hop associated.   Has a slight citrus or pith aspect, but both are light and neither lending too much bitterness.   A mild Black IPA this one is.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Had I drank this blind, I probably wouldn’t even say Black IPA, but likely simply 3/4 IPA.   The roasted malt as compared to others is so minor it doesn’t play much of a factor.   Bitterness is there, but is moderate and on the PNW Pale Ale side.   Thankfully, no pasture like so many others have.   This is a very mild example of a Black IPA.   Fairly clean, but needs more roast and more of a citrusy IPA punch.   Thanks Bill! llcooldave (1224) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Black in the glass. Slight hoppy sweet smoky aroma. Clean citrus flavor followed by roasted malt note. Overall, a fairly decent brew... jgb9348 (6477) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a nice, thick, three centimetre tall, nice and frothy tan head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted malt, oatmeal, nuts, caramel and tons of nice hops layered with pine, grass, herbs and a bit of resin. Medium-bodied; Deep dark malt flavour with roasty notes, some earthiness, but a lot of caramel and even slightly smoked malt grain flavour with a nice hop backbone showing pine and grass with a smooth, but deep finish. Aftertaste shows a great blend of stronger and grassier hops meshed perfectly with the roasty malt, nut and smoke/burnt notes that would couple well with barbecue. Overall, a nice black IPA with tons of flavour and complexity, all showing a great balance. Great to sample and I wish I could get this locally - a very well made Black IPA that shows well throughout - I’m very glad I brought this home with me from Texas. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Central Market in Houston, Texas on 10-August-2013 for US$5.35 sampled at home in Washington on 17-October-2013.
jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle spit with Dave on October 11th, 2013.Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Appearance: Pours an opaque black.
Aroma: Aroma of pine, light roast.
Taste: Medium bitterness, light roast for balance. Really nice.
Palate:Medium to medium light body, lingering hop aftertaste.Not as thick as others of the style - which I prefer.
Summary: First off, thanks Ben! This was a really nice black IPA. It was not overly heavy or boozy like some of the style can be.
Whiffs of citrus anda tropical fruit greet the nose. A ruddy dark brown pour with a voluminous tan head and loads of lacing. The taste is fruity to begin with but yeilds to a rewarding hoppy bitter finish. Nicely blanced notes of tropical fruit and biscuit malt. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, tasty and very drinkable - a rewarding session brew. Enjoyable and not over the top in either malts or hops. Would drink again. rosenbergh (11799) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2013
22 oz bottle. Bottled 08/07/13. (Spec’s) Galveston, TX.ben4321 (6735) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Black colour with a bit of red hue and small tan head.
Aroma: Sweet milky stout with some hoppy bitterness. Quite earthy.
Flavour: Hoppy bitterness, strong bitterness... roasted malt, milky sweetness and mild coffee. Very strong bitterness. Not necessarily the most balanced Black IPA on the planet. Very flavoursome.
Location: 22 oz bottle from Central Market, 8/6/13
ads135 (5031) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Aroma: The nose is roasted chocolate and burnt malts, with plenty of pine
Appearance: It pours a black color with a small, bubbly beige head, and fairly heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is a nice mix of roasted/burnt malts and some lengthy hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it has average carbonation, a decent feel, and a dry finish
I thought this was a pretty solid Black IPA. They did a really nice job here of mixing the roast/burnt malts with the bitter hops and having neither completely overpower. The mix works well, and so does the beer.
This is the strongest (in terms of quality) beer I’ve had from Karbach yet. The regular hopadillo is a bit astringent for my tastes, but the addition of the chocolate malts really balances it out, not to mention the spectacular aroma.