williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
The aroma is mild (weak?) citrus hops; pleasant enough. Malt are darker and a little smoky; toasted. Some burnt English sugars. Decent.
The appearance is surprising: deep brown-red, fluffy head. Looks like a Scotch ale. Very murky. Really unusual. Great lacing.
Flavor is sugary malts at first, then a hit of dual hops: bitter citrus and sweet pine sap. Ashy flavor, toasted malts. Evolves to more malty as it warms up.
The palate is dry and ashy. Magic Hat does a black IPA huh? Not to shabby. Well-balanced, English style. BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle. Wow - lots of haters in the house on this beer. I’m not a Magic Hat fan by any stretch, and this doesn’t resemble a black IPA much at all in my opinion....but, its a good beer. Very dark pour with a nice brown head. Aroma is roasted coffee and maybe a touch of hops. Medium palate, maybe a bit more dense than medium. Taste is roasted coffee, malt, and a touch of chocolate. More like a porter or a lighter stout. Tac (157) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Brownish thick long lasting head. Color is brownish black. Medium Carbonation. Aroma is toasted malt, coffee and cocoa with the lite scent of pines. Taste is caramel with coffee and cacao, very pleasant hop bitterness. Finish is smooth, good balanced. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Pours a clear dark brown body with a one finger fizzy light brown head. The nose is of chocolate malt and some piney hops. A little light coffee and roastiness as well. The flavor is decently hoppy but is more focused on the Porter like qualities. Lightly bitter with some piney hops up front fading to a chocolate and coffee laced finish. Medium bodied, a bit watery in texture maybe, but not overly so. Usual fizzy forced carbonation. Overall, pretty nice offering from these guys.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2012
Found in a 12-Pack set at Krogers on Broadway. Dark brown. Beige, frothy head. Aroma: Chocolate malt, roasted nuts. Flavor: Dark chocolate malt, floral hops. Chocolate finish. As the finish lingers, the hops kick in. This is only my second Black IPA and they almost make me think someone mixed an IPA with a Chocolate Stout. A good brew.
morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2012
12 ounce single bottle from Total Wine in Huntersville, NC. Pours a nice black/brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malts and cocoa. Taste is roasted malt, cocoa and has no aftertaste. No signs of alcohol, drinks smooth. A good beer, it just seems like it is missing something. PhillyBeer2112 (2819) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Well its not a bad porter, lol. But they had better give a serious reconsideration of the hop rate on this beer before calling it a Black IPA. I don’t rate to style anyway so its not big deal, but just to a make a point: this is laughable as a Black IPA. Poured a dark brown, modest head. Initial nose was a blast of citric hops but these volatile compounds disappeared quickly and the second sniff was all chocolate milk with a touch of caramel. Flavor is very similar, with tons of chocolate, a hint of caramel sweetness, a hint of ashy roasty, and a quick bang of citric hop bitterness at the end. Strong carbonation also gives this a significant carbonic bite that detracts from the overall mouthfeel and experience of this beer. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 20, 2013
It pours a deep dark black with a small tan head that lasted for a good full minute. What there is of the lacing is spotty and slides down the glass slowly. The smell is basically roasted coffee beans with a bit of dark chocolate. The hops are very faint in the background. The taste is dominated by the roasted coffee beans with some malts coming back. The palate is about a medium with a decent level of carbonation and is mostly smooth and very creamy. Overall, not a bad beer, I’d probably get this again. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2013
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown pour with ruby red highlights and a thin off-white head. Roasted malt and slightly chocolatey aroma with some light hop notes underneath it. Chocolate malts and a nice hop bite at the beginning of the flavor. The chocolate and roasty malt really blend well and only enhance the hop bitterness. Slightly sweet and roasty aftertaste. LilBeerDoctor (3904) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma of chocolate malt, dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, burnt malt, dark chocolate, bitter hops. Not super hoppy and IPA notes come in the form of bitterness rather than citrus like most black IPAs. Decent beer, pretty malty, more of a hoppy porter to me.