Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Very interesting and tasteful. Black pour with some ruby highlights. Soft heat. Aroma of molasses and caramel. Taste is a smooth blend of caramel malt, cocoa, molasses and finishes with a pine hops bite. BiiruBierBeer (1056) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Smell is piney and malty. Taste is equal parts roast, malt, and hops. I don’t normally like IPAs, but this one is decent. It is important to note that the bottle was old. Ericular (1032) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours black with a good size frothy head and good lacing. Aroma is pine, light roasted malts and caramel around the edges, earthy, and citrus hops -- really complex and enjoyable. Taste is a pretty good balance between sweet, lightly roasted malts and a moderately bitter lingering hop finish. There’s nothing mind blowing about the taste, instead it’s reserved and balanced. Palate is medium bodied but finishes a little dry. Decent example of the style. Aftertaste is great. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
aroma is well balanced dead chocolate and near metallic crack, then herbal grass cuttings and other savory fare. pour is opaque with airy soap suds head, lack of density and messy legs. flavor is initial fudgey roast with expected hop twinge to follow. hops begin as citrus then fruits begin to burst, hints of pine and rounder herbal note with mint at forefront. bitter roast closes. what a balance!
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/30/12. Pours a dark Cola-like ruddy black with light edges. Inch worth of beige head on top, of the creamy sort, leaving gobs of lace in its wake. The nose on this beer is phenomenal! Aromas of pine needles, citrus, faint whisps of roast, damp trail. I dipped my nose in, and it never wanted to leave.
Nice hefty body holds up well with the ABV and bitterness. Carbonation is moderately low, which is no complaint. This being a fall-release, I was a little worried that this beer lost too much of its character. I never had this one "off the press," but I find it hard to believe it was much better than it is now, because this was fantastic. Big hoppy flavors abound. Sharp and flavorful. Semi-sweet finish. Mild dark maltiness noted, but the hops take over. Superb beer.
Lemke10 (987) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Pours a dark brown/black color with a slight fluffy, off-white head. Scent has chocolate malts, molasses, and bitter hops in the mix. Basically the taste is a more robust version of an IPA. It still has a bitter taste throughout but is nicely complimented by the sweet tastes of chocolate and molasses. A very complex beer that overloads the taste buds at first making for a great sipping beer. A great brew using a more unique style that you just don’t find too many of in your local beer store. A must try!
Hammy78 (974) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle picked up in Madison, Wi. Pours a super dark brown, virtually black, with about a finger of khaki head and layers of lacing. Nose is a perfect blend of hops, and a touch of malt. Tastes quite sweet and a mix of both pine and citrus hop bitterness. Really good. Nero55 (943) - Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with medium tan head. Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops. Light body with hop bitterness upfront, notes of molasses and roasted malts, and some malt sweetness. JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
better than good, short of great. Pours a nice black, with a tan frothy head. I really don’t find this to be an IPA. Its got a heavy malt finish that I feel really dominates the beer. I’m not sure what I would call this but I think the malt profile is the dominate feature here. It’s different, its worth try or trading for, but I felt it was short of magical. Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
I never really got into the whole black IPA thing. Give me one or the other. Still pretty good, though. I’ll update when I have another sitting next to me.