sonnycheeba (6360) - 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. tom10101 (6267) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle (500 ml). Black with a medium creamy beige head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, resinous, tropical fruits and caramel. Taste is slightly sweet with roasted malt, pine, tropical fruits, caramel and a light bitter finish. Medium body. Slightly dry. Average carbonation. Good Black IPA. A tad watery on the finish, but well balanced and drinkable aplenty. I preferred Another One though. TheBeerGod (6261) - 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. Marheb (6193) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 (En fût sur place) Rôtie, verte et poivrée, elle reste une belle expérience pour un style qui m’excite de moins en moins. (En bouteille) Très vert, jus de lime avec un corps vraiment douillet, superbe. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
In short: A highly roasted and very hoppy (citrusy piney) Black IPA. Good example of the style.
snoworsummer (6076) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2013
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed fresh soon after purchase.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is unmistakably Black IPA with roast, chocolaty notes and a whole lots of citrusy and piney hops. As it is often the case with Black IPAs I found the mix of roast and hops created something a bit perfumy. In mouth the beer has a full body, a somewhat grainy texture and a very active carbonation. Taste is scorched malts, burnt black cake, notes of chocolate, an assertive hopping (citrusy & piney). High roast level contributes to a rather dry finish. Maybe a little too roasted but I’m nitpicking, this is a fine Black IPA. January 1rst, my first rating of the year, I am wishing myself great beer year and also that my dyselxia gets better in 1041.
From a bottle. Pours medium/dark brown with a frothy tan head. Tastes like coffee and barley, nutty, smooth. Creamy bitterness. Low/medium body and carbonation. Smells like creaminess, bitterness, and coffee. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Received in trade. Consumed Feb 6. Reviewed from notes.
The appearance has a dark brown close to black colored body with a decent two fingered white to off-white close to tan head that lasts for a good minute and a half. One ring of foam does appear but ends up sliding down into the beer.
The smell has a nice earthy and smoky and roasted bitterness in the front through the coffee, however, there’s a nice pungent aroma of the citrus hops trying to come through, decent malty background.
The taste is mainly bitter through the hops and the coffee reacting and overtaking the malt presence that tried to come through in the smell. It has a somewhat dry and bitter coffee aftertaste and finish.
The palate is light - almost but more likely closer to a medium sort of body, comes off as its trying to be sessionable. Carbonation comes across like a good American Black Ale should.
Overall, for the most part, I like it, but I think I’d rather look for some other Black Ales before this. thornecb (6064) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Pours black into a tulip. Fluffy mocha head with god retention recedes leaving spider lacing to crater surface. Chocolate and tropical fruit aromas. Thin with sweet chocolate and resin upfront turning to espresso in the lasting finish. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Great first impression, roasty and huge fantastic hop aroma and flavor. This is great rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
bottle. Deep brown with one finger head. Rich chocolate malt. Much less roasty than most other Black IPAs I’ve had, which is a nice change. Excellent hops. The flavors here are excellent, and yet I find myself with taste fatigue by the end of the bottle. I can’t get into this style no matter how hard I try.