smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2009
I love this concept. I haven’t tried this beer, but I envision some high-hopped beer with lots of chocolate/black patent malts. Let’s see:
First impression, appearance: Huge, light beige head. True to title, the liquor is dark brown (not black, though). It appears clear because the light shines through without any opaqueness. Excellent lace and rocky head look as it recedes. Lots of foamy lace on the glass.
Good darker malt aroma--true to my prediction. Nice toastiness without any burnt smells. So, I’m leaning toward darker crystal malts here. Graham crackers and biscuits.
Imagine a cross between a good porter and an IPA. I love the originality! This could be a completely new style and it combines the interests of the hop-heads and the stout lovers. (I think it leans closer to the HH’s). This is very good and different. The body is thinner than I would like, but that’s a minor complaint.
Is it a dark IPA or an over-hopped porter? Either way, you will experience something outside the comfort zone. AND it is still very good. If you have an open mind, seek this out and try something totally different from the usual fair. dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Picked this up since I’ve never seen or heard of this brewery, glad I did though, great hop aroma, and then the pour is a really dark brown with a long lasting foamy head. Hop flavors up front but balances out smooth with the extra malt. This has great balance and is amazingly smooth. I will defintitely purchase again. SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 22, 2010
22oz bottle. clear brown under a large, frothy, beige head. aroma of burnt caramel, chocolate, sugared coffee and hops. flavor is sweet for the style with sugared coffee, cream and hops. hops are tamed with the sweetness. creamy and medium bodied. really good. i enjoy the sweetness here. a different take on a new style! bnoel09 (588) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Black with a slight reddish hue and a cream colored head. Some roasted malt and a lot of wet, grassy hops in the aroma. Flavor has dark roasted malt that provides some chocolate and woody notes, followed with grassy hops. Medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Overall a really nice black IPA. mmmbeer (1433) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2009
22 oz. bottle served in shaker (looking forward to this one, bottle from Liquid Solutions)- poured a solid near black with very dark maroon highlights when held to a light source, heavily frothy off tan head one finger head formed, laced very heavily. and growled at me (HUH?!!?). Aroma of a dark roasted malt, caramel, and hops. Hits the mouth with a hard and wide body (imagine me kicking your face-forever), malt is damn near burnt but still enjoyable (RIGHT on the cuspt, they got it right), everything holds up fine in the middle, hops come soaring in the middle, finish is acidic like a DIPA, but mild enough for a regular IPA. Great stuff- I always loved Idaho for a reason besides the great baking spuds!!! My second surprise for today, the 3rd- it’s a coming down the line... Again, get this stuff to Texas, NOW!!!
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2009
22 oz. bottle- Interesting, a black IPA, is it a Porter, IPA, I don’t know, but it tastes good. A very smooth, full bodied IPA, pours dark amber with a thick head. Best Laughing Dog beer I’ve had. Although I would love to try Dogfather. Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear amber/brown - offwhite head. Nice bretty aroma and taste, soapy, roasted, ok hoppy, light burned notes, piney, citrus, caramel, grassy, licorice. Nice. thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Poured from the bomber. The head is intense, four finger, wtf. Couldn’t pour easily. Aroma is mild and unfortunately tainted by my previous beer. The flavor is dark malt and hop, pretty nicely balanced the way a cascadian ipa should be. fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle from CoOp Bellingham, WAmikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2014
The bottle is gushing a bit, quite a rare event for American beers and for this style; it has therefore a very large head, but rather compact, beige colored, while the beer is dark brown nearing black; nice lace too. The aroma is a nice combination of black coffee and resiny hops, with an impression of citrus fruits. The mouthfeel is dry and smooth; good flavor of roasted malts, without excessive burnt character, and well integrated with a quite strong bitterness, and loads of soft hop resins and hop oils; long final.
Very drinkable; excellent example for the style.
A good beer, but for the style, just above average. The problem is that this is too unbalanced. The malty notes strain to gain prominance, and there is very little roastiness that I come to expect from this style.