craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2012
black pour with a small off white head. pine / citrus / roast nose. med body with chocolate, roast, citrus hop flavor and a lingering bitterness. nice balanced roast / bitter / citrus hop aroma porter. rougeau13 (3156) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Very, very dark brown with a beige head. Filmy lacing all over the glass. Aroma of pine, chocolate, and roast. Nice roasted, moderately bitter flavor. Smooth texture. Pretty good. akoeninger (770) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Dark brown, aroma is roasted malt with some citrus cut to it. Taste is not expected, hop bitterness followed by sweet roasted malt with a dry bitter finish. Enjoyable. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
bottle. dense dark brown body with a brown head. heavy roast, chocolate, char, coffee aromas with some hop resin and a doughy yeast note. medium-full body with rich and frothy carbonation, moderately bitter, very american hop bitterness and flavor: resin, orange, juicy fruit, etc. the herbal parts blend well with the frothy chocolate / coffee / earthy dark malts. a surprisingly drinkable robust porter-type beer that seems very held-together. jhp40219 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that fades to black itself pretty quickly, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, citrus, and malts. Taste is roasted malts, citrus and hops. All very well balanced together. Very earthy and roasty all at once. Long bitter finish in which the hops and malts come through strong. Very fresh tasting, like it came off the tap at the brewery even though I bought this over a week ago and I’m nowhere near Colorado. Full body with a chewy texture and active carbonation. Tasty and full of flavor. Yet another winner in the Fade To Black series!
llcooldave (1221) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 Odd brew... Cant place the aroma, its a bit roasty with some citrus. Flavor is almost like two beers in one; roasty porter like upfront and minty citrus aftertaste. Overall, complex but more like a black pale ale than a black ipa. Not bad... Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing! LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a loose frothy cap of cream colored suds.Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Aroma: Grapefruit and pine resiny hops. Not much roast at all. It’s there, but very faint.
Taste: A nice hop profile of bitterness and citrus followed by a quick punch of spicy chocolate roast. Both the roast and hop bouquet fall off quick, leaving no lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little juicy with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A very nice hoppy ale. Left Hand didn’t call it a Black IPA, but of all the ones I’ve tried, this, in my mind, would be a black IPA. Lots of hops, mild roast.
strong roast aroma. very malty. very song. taste like a lot if chocolate. definitely unique. decent beer bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/07/12. Served in a goblet (like the label on the bottle says), the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there’s a lot of lacing too. The brew smells like roasted malt, pine and citrusy hops, burnt/charred malt and a bit of coffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s the addition of some bittersweet chocolate. Nice balance between the hoppy and malty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, definitely worth a try at $9.99 a 6-pack. jcr (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle. Black body with a big, fizzy off-white head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malt, husky grain, grass, resin, burnt grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Slightly husky, a little too resinous, but not as harsh as other black IPAs I’ve had, likely due to the sweetness of this beer.