bnokk (548) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2014
APPEARANCE – pitch black with creamy nougat colored head.
NOSE - A nice bit of roastiness. Not much of the hops in there.
FLAVOR – dark roasty malt and slightly bitter coffee flavors prevails. Not much flavor of any hop, which are indicated to be in there.
NOTES – great ‘ale’. Tastes a lot more heavy on the dark porter/stout side.
cheap (6205) - CHINA - JAN 13, 2014
Rare beer on tap at the bocktown. First, from the start, let me say that I don’t care for black IPA....mostly because I don’ like IPA nor impy stout. However, if this is a black IPA, its the best one I’ve ever had. Good initial stout aroma, fairly mouth watering. Big and black with a choco moose head that fades rapidly. Mind you. it is fairly well behaved and I would say this is more like a civilized apa. Yes, pretty good on the roasty effects yet it is impressive without going over the top. Good job north country...finally a black IPA that is not rying to get in yer face. Decent co2 makes this fairly palatable.....yes best overall black ipa beery experience for a lager lover. Finish is typical heavy apa or mild ipa effects with a tad of that old burnt damp campfire wood thing happening. Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2013
On tap at Twisted Jimmy’s. Nice roasted malt aroma with dank hops, grassy and herbal. Notes of coffee and molasses and carbon dioxide gaseousness. Dark black opaque with cocoa-tan creamy lacing head. Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Starts roast and lightly charred with chocolate and coffee. Nice hop bitterness throughout and a bit of tang towards the finish. Rich and tangy chocolate roasty after with lingering moderate bitterness. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of earthy hops and roasted malt. Flavor was similar, pretty standard black ipa.