Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #7. Very dark pour, almost black, but more of an extremely dark brown. Thin head, beigein color with a bit of lacing. Roasted hop aroma, a little coffee maybe with some sweet touches here and there. Big aggressive bitterness up front from a mix of hops and roasted malts. Lingering bitter aftertaste, not a huge bite, but it has a faint lingering on the sides of the tongue at the back of my mouth. Tasty overall. (2065) SDalkoholic (2386) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Created a monstrous thick fluffy head up top while the liquid was an opaque brown color. The aroma is mild and smells soapy with a minor scent of hops in the background. The flavor is smooth and evenly divided between the lightly roasted malts and a minimal addition of hops that in the end comes across as a tame and timid black IPA recipe. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2011
Dark plum colored pour with a large cola colored head. Aroma holds sticky citrus, resinous hop, some bitter roast, and nice grassy presence as well. Flavor is quite tasty, with a good balance of porter-like malt character with the aforementioned orange, grapefruit, and pine hoppiness. Average mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2011
Dark brown with a 1.5 finger brownish head. The aroma is earth citrus and pine with a nice backbone of roasted malts. The flavor is much the same, with various citrus and evergreen incarnations to balance out a bitter roasted caramel malt profile. The palate is medium for the style with supple effervescence. MacBoost (1894) - Victor, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Big thanks to NorCalgrowler for this trade extra. Pours a deep brown, almost black with a dark brown head. Roast and cocoa in the nose. Taste follows suit, with the addition of bittering hops. Mouthfeel is slick. A nice Black IPA, and in my opinion better than Stone’s recent collaboration "more brown than black".
thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Aroma was nice, but not as hoppy as expected, the flavor reflected the hops better, aroma was mostly malt. Very nice beer still, but not the best black ipa. Wittales (762) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Appearance was blackish, creamy 1 finger tannish head with average retintion ,no lacing.Aromas where roasted sweet malts hints of coffee or toffee. Hops where faintly present in nose. Taste where sweet malts upfront then the hops came shinnig through with bite.Mouthfeel was smooth creamy carbonation meduim body with long astringent bite towards the back. Could be more balanced...
Anova167 (371) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - FEB 7, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a nice thick off-white head with good retention. Aroma is mostly malt and could probably use another late addition or dry hop to help bring this forward. Flavor, though, is hop forward with a nice blend of different flavors. Finish is a little astringent, but this is a pretty nice Black IPA. BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
bottle shared by wray043. Pours pitch black with a large biege head. Has a citrus aroma and a burnt chocolate malty flavor with a bitter pine finish. philtom15 (54) - Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 Overall, a very drinkable beer. I consider this black ipa to be right up there with 21as back in black. Jeremy is proving to be a very capable brewer and definitely the best Brewer in Reno.