jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
22oz bottle–pours a rich tan head and brown color with orange. Aroma is pine, sweet fruit, some medium malt. Taste is resin/earthy hops with flat bite, secondary dark malt-baker’s chocolate/earthy. Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Tasting – Wine Source. Dark brownish black, off white creamy head. Roasted melon and light milk chocolate nose warms to hints of mild coffee and caramel. Honeydew and earthy floral hop flavors blance well on swirls of roasty chocolate throughout. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. Love this black IPA craze... Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Pours mahogany with a thin off white head. Smells of hay, grass, resin. Tastes of pine resin, earthy, some sweet citrus on the finish. Cool label! JaBier (7806) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2009
22oz bottle. Amber/brown pour with a huge tan head. Bitter earthy hop aroma with some caramel malt. Citrus hop flavor with a roasty finish. Not bad, but not quite enough of the malty side as some of the better Black IPAs. hayduke (5187) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
From a 22 oz bottle, this poured a hazy red with fairly fat tan long lasting head very sticky lacing rings. The nose is lightly roasted malts with floral and citrus hops. Thick and cream palate with a slick mouthfeel. Lots of rich flavor with a good balance between the sweet malts and hop bitterness leading to a slight bitterness Interesting dark version of an IPA.
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle thanks to ditmier!Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Pours opaque nut brown, red hints, a large beige head, puffy and long lasting. Somewhat bitter nose of orange, spice, and minor chocolate. Flavor is less interesting, rather sweet with malt and chocolate but also some earthy hop. Too fizzy for the above profiles. Not bad, but it’s not very exciting.
Bottle, rating #100, and #2600 for me, Nice! Pours a cola brown body with a creamy tan head. Very vine y fresh green hop character with some mild citrus note and chocolate malt character. Ash y chocolate malt with a milder citrus lightly bitter. Not your traditional IPA for sure, but still quite enjoyable. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle from Roger Wilco in Palmyra, NJ. Pours a deep brown with a retentive beige head. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor is a bit different. The malt profile is like maple syrup mixed with chocolate and molasses, then this is offset by a citrusy bitterness. There is a good amount of perceived sweetness between the malt and hops. Odd, but it a good way. cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle from Bottleworks. Pours a nice burgundy with a full cream colored head and great lacing. Aroma is an interesting combination of nuts and floral hops. Very sweet tasting IPA that is balanced very well with the bitter hops and has a nice dry finish. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2009
Deep amber-tan beer. Aroma is kind of strange. Earthy and a resiny with a very chewy hop presence. Loads and loads of resiny astringent hops on the back with a touch of light herbal character. There is a bit of dark maltiness, but not all that much. I can’t really say I’m a fan of this one.