piscator34 (2534) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
Draft and bottle sample. Very dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Strong aromatic mix of pine sap, white grapefruit, roast, and coffee. Strong flavors of citrus, black pepper, and more pine sap blend well with notes of toffee, and dark chocolate. Fairly weighty on the palate, but the strong leafy bitterness balances things out nicely. It seems like just about every aspect of this beer is intense, aside from the apparent alcohol (which it hides well). I think a different hop blend would have suited my taste better, this is still a very well made black IPA. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
This is a very, very nice looking beer. It’s a very dark brown color with a light/medium brown colored head. The aroma is slightly malty, almost roasted, but it has a really nice combination of earthy hops and roasted malts. Gentle and very nice. It has somewhat if a dull mouth feel and my first impression was that of an imperial brown ale crossed with an IPA. Tastes like an IPA, but with tiny hints of smooth, earthy roasted malts and finishes extremely clean. Overall, this is a a fantastic beer that combines everything in a really easy-to-drink package. One of my favorite black IPAs. Oh, and you would never guess by the flavor how much alcohol is in this! gregwilsonstl (2504) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Smellsvery floral. Black and sweet. No head. Hoppy. Heavy. Ruhlman said its superb. smokewindow (4) - - OCT 21, 2012 does not count
From a 12 oz bottle into a frosty glass. Thin white head that leaves behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a dark brown with aromas of fruity, caramel malts and citrus hops. Sips very smooth with nice sugary malt character and a hop bitterness on the back end. Reminds me of a roastier Myrcenary, go figure. Overall this is a very nice Black IPA. Ranks second in my book only to thw Wookey Jack. tubintheyampa (12) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Perfectly balanced black IPA! I’ve had it on tap at a local bar in Ft. Collins, and from a bottle (that I poured into a glass). For some reason I enjoyed it more from a bottle which does not really make sense to me. Either way, this beer deserves a nice rating, for it will be one that I buy often. The high alcohol content is nicely hidden amongst its delicate flavors.
JaffaHawk23 (76) - Broomfield(via Iowa City), Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Had this a couple times in the last couple weeks at Lucky Pie in Louisville, CO. A really nicely balanced ’dark brown’ IPA. Creamy mouthfeel. Warm malts and some lightly spiced hops make this a really nice autumnal mountain brew. Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2012
On tap at Marriott Denver Center City Hotel. Um, it wasn’t black. Maybe our was mislabeled. Pour was a slightly dark amber. Strong hops, citrus and resin, very bitter. It was just okay. wilnatp (703) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Stanley’s Beer Fest 10/6, BOTTLE. Pour is dark brown with hints of red. Aroma of citrus, caramel, pine, Taste is well balanced. Mouthfeel is almost creamy. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Sampled on 10/1/2012 at Odells Brewery. This Black IPA pours a dark brown color from the tap. Medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is roasted malts and citrusy hops. A medium bodied Black IPA. The malts are fruity, roasty and sweet. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Decent carbonation. Nice balance. Seems a little sweet for a black IPA, but it works. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with some lingering hop bitterness. wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2012
What a pillowy head that lingers. Strong malt aroma with sprucey hop notes as well. This is the perfect black double ipa. Strong hop character with a huge malt backbone.