mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Best Black IPA I have ever had. Toasty, really creamy, chocolate, slight bitter, slight hops. Super drinkable. Big time coffee flavor. Breakfast beer. Great price too. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 5, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 Growler to go from KS Sorrento Mesa: Pure black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is burnt toast with a hint of chocolate. Flavor starts with a sharp walnut like bitterness followed by grapefruit bitter hops and a hint of bakers chocolate with a long dry bitter roasty finish. Medium body has moderate carbonation. Thisis12ptfont (1176) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
On tap @ Karl Strauss Brewing. First, i’d like to note that i find Karl Strauss beers usually lacking in quality but, this is phenomonal! Aroma is unique, soft caramel, bread and molasses. Color is straight black. Taste is very complex with some flavors of nuts, dough, oats, molasses and bittering hops. Very bitter with strong malts. Overall, this is fantastic! slightly thick with complex flavors. My new favorite from Karl Strauss. A+ rating. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Awesome black rye-P.A.!!
Thick palate presence, finish is lingering with the remaining starch on your tongue thanking y ou for such a good beer. daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Bomber purchased at BevMo in Escondido ($5.99). Pours very dark brown with a bit of reddish highlight and three fingers of dark tan foam. Aroma has major pine forest off the bat followed by citrus, dark roasted malts, smoky chocolate, and moderate coffee. Flavor starts off hoppy with citrus and pine notes but is soon overtaken by the black part of "Black IPA" with notes of cocoa powder, roasted nuts, spicy rye, dark chocolate, and some earthy coffee. Creamy mouthfeel with well-concealed ABV. Good one for the style and quite a nice price. (31, 698)
J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Very dark brown with a garnet color under a strong light and a long lasting tan head. Roasted malt and cocoa aromas with an earthy quality. Very spicy and dry on the palate which is a great expression of the rye. The dryness is cut by a smooth bittersweet chocolate and cocoa flavors and some grassy/herbal notes. Slightly creamy and not heavy at all with a sweeter milk chocolate flavor towards the end. Leaves a dry, coffee like flavor behind. This is a really nice black IPA with the added bonus of rye in the mix. thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Poured from the bomber. Aroma is mild. The malt character is not overpowering. The rye is present, but the hops are mild, perhaps almost pale ale ish. Finishes thick and oily. Very good black ipa with the rye twist. BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
This beer has a deep dark look. It has a bitter sharp flavor. It is somewhat flavorful but a little too strong.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Pours black with 2 finger frothy light brown head. Nose- chocolate and roasted malts, coffee, rye and resin. Medium to heavier bodied with flavors of earth and roast, chocolate malts, biscuits, some herbal and resin hops subtly making an appearance. Spicy nuanced finish. Pretty good though not elite.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours black with a thick light-tan head. Aroma is RYE, spicy, brown sugar, some fruit and chocolate. Taste is rye, dry, sweetness, grapes, creamy, coffee finish. Medium carbonation. Nice, creamy mouth feel.