phaleslu (10665) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Draft at The Sinking Ship. Served in a pint glass. Pours a pretty much opaque brown with a small beige head. Notes of roast, dark chocolate, earth, leaves, mint, burnt toast, and toasted sugar. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter mouthfeel. More black than IPA. 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours deep brown/black with a fairly frothy darker khaki to mocha head that settles and leaves spotty lace. Nose of chocolate, ashy roast, raisin and prune, pine, flowery perfume, almost some lactose, a nice mix. Taste is fairly sweet but quite a bit more bitter. Lighter bodied, slippery, with a roasty bitter finish. Really pretty nice, definitely lots of malt influence, especially on the roast side, which works here even though I don’t always dig that in Black IPAs. SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2013
damn you space shuttle!!!!! .. . pours a lunar black .. . decent sized head, light lacing .. . mild roast and a bit of burnt hops .. . i liked it but happy with one bottle
.. . . unparalleled!! acearl (510) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Opaque black hue with than creamy head, good lacing, surprising fragrance, got a a little bit of the bergamot smell but overall it is pretty roasted N maybe woody, some coffee and a bit of hop but not much, taste is roasted and has kind of a sutty texture, some herbiness and unique bitters, I didn’t really get much bitterness or specific hop characteristics, definitely better as it sat.
deyholla (12252) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours black with a thick dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces beautifully. Aroma has a combination of citrus and roasted malts with backing dark grains. Flavor starts with musty dark grains and roasted malts with a light pine note coming out in the finish.
Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2013
12oz bottle pours nice and dark with a thin mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, spicy black licorice that seems Mt. Hood hop like and then a faint resiny hoppiness. The taste is similar with dark roasted malts to rich deep dark roasted coffee and burnt malts blending with some tasty chocolate goodness. Toward the finish the black licorice like spicy hops and a dash of resiny hops takes this into the finish and after taste. This interpretation of the style leans firmly toward roastiness and I feel it comes across very well. AWISLguy (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours an inky black with a foamy tan-brown head leaving great lacing that hung around down through the glass. Faint orange highlights. Lovely. Aroma has pine and some citrus mixed with chocolate and roasted caramel. Taste is of smooth black patent malts, sweet choco/caramel, a touch of nuttiness and some pine. Slightly sticky. Not as tasty as the aroma led to believe. Finishes sweetly bitter with some bitter length. Nice taste, possibly a bit thin, but not a top tier black ipa without the hoppy follow-through. onceblind (10561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Black with a thin light beige head. Aroma was smokey and roasty with a light touch of charcoal, as well as some coffee and a little grassy grapefruity hop bite. Flavor was not as enticing as the nose, but nothing boring either. Typical BIPA flavors of dark roastiness, light earthy sweetness, smoke, and strong acidic hop bitterness with a little grassy and grapefruit-rind flavor on the dry finish. wlajwl (7065) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Aroma is citrus, dark malts and fruit. The flavor is citrus, resinous hops, mildly nutty dark malts and a long and bitter finish. Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a small head, opaque and black color. Aroma is strong, complex, and appetizing. Really good taste, a great example of the style. Mouthfeel is just a little fizzy for me, but fine otherwise. Pretty bitter, hoppy, and toasty, strong/alcoholic, I’m surprised it’s only 6.5%.