kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a nice frothy light brown head tht had excellent retention. The nose is flat out awesome. Lots of citrusy hops, heavy chocolate malt, some light roastiness, and a bit of dark caramel. The flavor is a little more slanted toward the hops rather than the Porter notes. Still plenty of chocolate and roasetd malts, but they are second fiddle to the bright citrusy hops. Lingering chocolate and bitter hops. Medium bodied, a little clingy on the back end, soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice Black IPA. ben4321 (6677) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Location: Bottle at Cornerstone (Ogunquit), 7/11/13, Rating # 3050!
Aroma: The nose is chocolate and coffee, with pine hops, and roast
Appearance: A dark brown color, with a heavy light brown head, and lots of lace
Flavor: This one has a big roasted and hoppy flavor
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with a creamy, smooth feel, and a dry finish
I thought this one was one heck of a Black IPA. As is a surprise to no one, Maine nailed a hoppy style once more.
This one poured a darker brown color with a bieg head. Aroma was of green and earth hops, roasted malt and light smoke. Flavor was very intresting. Straight up citrusy and green hops upfront, with no malt at all, and then a second swing of roast and smoke on the backend. Falvors completely seperated somehow. Great stuff. obguthr (6593) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Cocoa, rubber, grapefruit peel nose. Black, thick beige head, godd retention and lacing. Charred oak and grass flavor. Full body, not viscous. Very soft carbonation with char bitterness. Solid IDA. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Courtesy of tectactoe
Bottle: The aroma conssts of moderate-heavy citrus/grapefruit hops, pine, light-moderate chocolate, and light roast. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights with a small light brown head that eventually fades to a thin film. There is some nice lacing rings left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and light roast. The finish has moderate-heavy grapefruit and lighter pine. It?s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. Overall, another Black IPA that I consider to be a hoppy Porter...a very tasty hoppy Porter.
dmac (6434) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2014
500ml bottle purchased atSpirits Point. Poured a black medium body under an average sized to larger foamy dark beige head. Aroma is very solid, notes of chocolate, roasted citrus fruit, pine, brown bread. Palate is solid, with a medium body, aversge carbonation and slightly syrupy. Flavor of chocolate syrup, citrus, roasty, burnt toast, roasted nut shells, dry pine needles. Good stuff. kaser (6360) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Black pour from bottle. Huge chocolate and cocoa taste. Coffee too. Smooth but still a pretty hoppy beer. Really enjoyable reebtogi (6350) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
500ml bottle pours almost black in color with a light beige head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine and grapefruit with hints of chocolate and roasted notes. Taste is a roasted grain and citrus bitterness with pine and a chocolate malty sweetness. Well balanced and very tasty. Recommended. sonnycheeba (6264) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is earthy and pine hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some woody notes. Flavor is dry, roast malts forward quickly followed by rich hop bitterness and some dried dark fruit; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. TheBeerGod (6254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle - dated 061113. Black pour filling nearly all of my New Belgium glass with mocha colored head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, dark, bittersweet chocolate, citrus fruit and coffee. taste is chocolate covered oranges, roasted malt, light tobacco, coffee, dark, bittersweet chocolate and cocoa. Body is medium and sticky with a soft feel on the palate and a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, citrus notes, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and hints of pine.