tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2009
Pours black, but its deep brown with garnet highlights when held to light. The nose is really nice with citrus/pine hops, but its really just one note. There’s maybe a touch of roasted character. This thing is hoppy as hell, but I wish it had a bit of roasted note. There’s a bit of an herbal/earthy note. Medium body with pricky carbonation. This is a tasty enough beer,but if "black ipa" ever becomes a recognized style, this may not make the cut as one of the best.
Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
Dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is lightly roasty, light mild hoppiness, light alcohol. Taste is lightly roasty, subdued hops. Pretty bland for a black IPA. IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
Bomber from John’s Marketplace. Nose of flowery and citrusy hops and some malty sweetness. Clear brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is mildly bitter with somelightly sweet caramel. Finish is a hint of bitter with some licorice. More like a slightly hoppy amber than an IPA! willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2009
20090422 Bomber from Jonathan Ron in Brielle. Murky brown color with small but lasting beige head that sheets lace. Aroma is oddly sweet with a mess of blueberry, canned fruit salad, old OJ, light coffee malts, cookie dough, and some minty spruce notes. Very thin bodied, ashy. Flavor is charcoal, dust, old bread, burnt malts, lots of herby spruce and pith. Midway across the palate a nice resinous bitterness kicks in, and finishes with a bit of grapefruit pithiness. Eff is mostly even and light. Hop burps sooth some evil afterthoughts of an otherwise disappointing beer. notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
Thanks to bitbucket for this - Pours a hazy dark amber - soapy lace - nose f tropical fruits (pineapple and mango), which really confuses the senses, because your brain does not expect those smells to come from a dark beer - the flavor is very dry and strongly bitter - a bit of roast underneath, but the bitterness is so strong that the other characteristics are kind of squashed - if I didn’t love hops so much, I would like this a lot less.
DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2009
Draft at Craft. Pours ruby, not black, with 1-finger of off-white head. Nose is heavy piney hops, dark malt, brown sugar, tropical fruit. Tastes malty, with rich resiny hops. earthy, a bit of pineapple, but the hops overtake the malt late. Solid. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2009
22oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours a deep coffee brown with a 2 finger beige head that sticks around for a while. Nose was mostly toasted malts with a touch of coffee and herbal hops. Flavor was roasted malts with some assertive hop bitterness. A lot smoother and easier to drink than I thought it would be, pretty good stuff. forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2009
night black with a lovely head. smell is intense and intriguing... very citrus hoppy with a tiny little bit of the roast malt coming through... the balance almost creates a fruity aroma (not yeast fruity...) taste is citrus/pine hoppy up front then finishes with a pretty bitter dark malt taste. shotgunn (34) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 9, 2009
It pours A darkbrown red not completely black with a thick tan head that sticks around a laces the glass nicely. To the nose it smells of fresh cut grass and I really pick up on the hops that I would expect from an IPA. First taste is crisp and clean and then the bitterness and tang of the hops stick around for a while. Overall I think this is a decent IPA that I could drink on a regular basis, as for it supposing to be a merger of an IPA and a stout I’m still way more partial to Deschutes Brewery’s Knight Rider IPA. Don’t think I’m knocking it at all it is decent beer. XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2009
Aroma - A delicious chocolate root beer
Appearance - Thin dark ruby brown with playful head, light lacing
Flavor - Pretty good balance of malt to back up the hop. Thin clean finish, but this is acceptable to me for an IPA, not over bitter, but a little bite is present in the end.
Overall - I enjoyed this brew because it had the characteristics of an IPA and carried the taste of a stout as well. Im not a big fan of stouts, but i enjoy the flavor, here you get that flavor in a lighter IPA style.