darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
very sweet smell, similar to that of fruity milk. very dark colored, mostly brown with a little bit of red and orange. has a sweet flavor as well that is pleasing but difficult to identify. has a very full, maybe even overly busy finish. has a very strong hoppy flavor and is quite bitter. B carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 V - dark pour with a big clumpy tan colored head.kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
A - muted aroma
T - malty pine, mostly bitter from the ipa
P - meh finish
JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2009
Date: November 21, 2008
Source: Liquid Solutions
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: roasted and dark chocolate aroma with sweet pine
Flavor: roasted malt flavor, lots of pine, dark chocolate and citrus, lots of hops and roasted malt
Overall: good, but the flavors do not really mesh together too well
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
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. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2009
The Dan Journal #311. Tasted 10/24/09. 22oz bomber. Filtered with a dark amber brown hue. Bubbled layer of head. Aromas of tart esters and ample berry notes. Medium bodied with a good malt bill. Faint hops and mildly tangy. Citrus yeast and rather bitter. Getting better as it warms, but still decent at best.
JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Brown color with a taller, lasting bone colored head. Citric hops join with darker malts in the aroma. I catch some barnyard funk. Not sure where that is coming from, but I really don’t like it. Sweet toasted grains and plenty of citrus in the flavors. I just don’t get the balance. I have a charred grapefruit from the grill, and I don’t really want to eat it. blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours deep red with an off white head. The aroma has sweet and roasted malts with some lighter earthy/piny hop notes. The flavor brings some rye-like malty notes, a light roast and some very muted hop notes, leading me to believe that I might have an older bottle. Bummer. No bottling date, but the lack of any real hoppy punch tells the story. irish1984 (6) - Montana, USA - APR 11, 2010 does not count
22 oz bomber from the grocery store.this was my first black IPA so i wasnt sure what to expect. beer pours dark (almost soda like) with ruby highlights. big lacy head that sitcks around. aroma is piney with citrus also. but mostly piney. taste is complex. citrus hop flavor, grapefuit becomes more evident and lingers. as the hops slow down in the finish the nuttiness becomes stronger also. not a bad beer at all. i would really enjoy this one on tap for sure. Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 28, 2010
Bottle 650ml popephred (270) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Aroma grape skins, alcohol, hops. Soft bottom with slight fruity character behind.6+
Appearance brown, slight haze, gusher on top – very foamy.
Flavor and Palate : nutty , black malts with woody hints. Slight alcoholic harshness with leafy top. Soft finish , bit raw with hint of funk.
Gushing foam and funky finish might suggest some brewing issues.
Poured from the bottle into my Samuel Adams glass. Pour produced a dark amber / toffee colored body, topped by a generous head to off-white foam, with nice lacing overall. A slightly spicy, citrusy nose with some malt undercurrent. Sour and bitter tastes thoughout the tasting, shocasing a strong citrus profile in it’s overall flavor. A medium bodied ale with a bitter roasted aftertaste. I am not sure this is balance enough of an IPA to make me go out of my way for it.