AshtonMcCobb (6581) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours opaque black with a red hue and a nicely proportioned head. The nose has pine, grapefruit pith and just enough coffee. The taste has a burnt coffee note with a pithy finish. Medium to full bodied, big texture, relatively clean. Overall, a good andn interesting beer. JohnRMurdoch (4863) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle from mr_h. Hop & tar aroma. Very dark brown colour, not much head. Hoppy flavour. Smooth with bitter aftertaste. Good but not the best black IPA. brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2012
Black IPA seems to be flavour of the month. Pours black (surprise) with a decent white head. Malt and hops combine on the nose along with a touch of chocolate. Hoppy, citrus flavour with malt in the background. Scopey (14699) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
Keg at CP&K. It pours jet black, with a thick beige head. The nose is pine, resin, toffee, charcoal, toast, roasted malt and charred wood. The taste is liquorice, resinous hops, salted caramel, dark toffee, pine, alcohol warmth, smoke, charcoal, leaf, toast and roasted malt, with a long bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. A flavoursome black IPA. johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
As many an ardent suitor may have said to Cleopatra: "What a lovely nose!" And in this case, it really is. Vineous, sinewy, sweet and sour and full of molasses, citrus and spice. The flavour that follows, though great, sadly doesn’t live up to the promise. It’s good, mind - bitter, sharp, dry and hoppy - but let down slightly by a thin mouthfeel and a tiny touch too much of the dirty socks. Nevertheless, if only for the nose alone a great brew with complexity, distinction, and a fair wallop of ancient Egyptian promise.
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2013
[keg at the Hanging Bat, Edinburgh] How have I not rated Magic 8 Ball until now? Blackish brown pour, thick, cream-coloured head. The aroma is deep and malty, with leather and piney hop combining, although somewhat muted due to the cold keg serve. On the taste, first flavours are cold coffee, leather and roasted chocolate malt, before the hops arrive as orange and lemon, pine and resin. Great Black IPA  Beer5000 (6483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2013
On tap @ Kickl. Close to black body with a medium sized beige head. Nice citric fruity hop aroma with hint of chocolate. Flavor is sweet malty, light roasted, citric fruit, rather bitter and fine balance. Medium body, bitter and sweet aftertaste, quite smooth. A pleasant black IPA. kwik-lime (1925) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2013
Very dark, extremely hoppy with hints of smoke, nut and some caramel sweetness. Well-rounded and enjoyable beer. esp0r (2920) - NORWAY - JUN 9, 2013
On tap at Haand Festival 2013teddybeer (3782) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 7, 2014
Black in glass, thin beige head. Smells of roast, herbs, citrus and zests. Moderate sweet, roast and hints of coffee. Medium bitter with resins and zests. High class BIPA, very drinkable.
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 From my backlog. Black colour with a dense off-white head, good duration and lacing. Aroma has notes of fresh hops with citrus hints and some roasty notes. Flavor is bittery with resins and pine notes, moderate licorice in the finasl with a good bitterness with medium duration.