talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2010
2010 bottle. Wow, they grapefruity hops stand out immediately! The pour is an opaque, dark brown color with a full, dark beige, rocky, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting but leaves scattered lace all over. The nose is full of juicy citrus hops with pink grapefruit, light resinous pine, a bit mineral, danky floral, faint dark breads, and only hints at some roast. The flavor is still hoppy but gains a bit of dark malt sweetness and roast; still plenty of pink grapefruit and danky floral tones, lightly resinous, hints of smoke, some dark coffee roast, dark bread toast, and just a bit of dark chocolate in the more than medium bitterness. The palate is medium to full, soft to lively, velvety, and creamy. The finish is still full of the grapefruit notes, smoky dark chocolate, mineral notes, and the floral notes left on the tongue. I had a beer from SKA made with hops from the Western slope of CO just like this one and got the same off-note; it is almost like a dirty smell/taste. Granted this beer was put together much better than the SKA brew, but that off-note took away from what could have been a very nice BIPA. Still, as is the beer is good and certainly deceptive but nothing compared to last years version. I think I am just accustomed to my American hops coming from the Northwest. beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
bottled--once i got the cork out it poured dark brown with tight lasting head. aromas of toast, pine and citrus rind. flavors are similar. it is moderately bitter with hop presence. medium bodied black ipa with a lingering sense of hops and burnt malt. pretty decent beer.
drfabulous (8802) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2010
750. Not what I expected from a black IPA. Big grapefruit taste and aroma. That alcohol aroma as well is tempered by some creamy stout like taste. Some of that roasted malt coming through. Very nice and tasty. Better than any black IPA I’ve had. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, grapefruit, light roasted malt, tangerine, and slight resin. Poured very dark brown in color with a huge, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of slight roasted malt, hops, pine, orange, tangerine, caramel, slight chocolate, slight resin, and hop oil. Medium body. Slick, lightly creamy texture becomes lightly dry. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter, slight roasted malt, hop, pine, resin, light orange, hop oil, and slight chocolate finish is lightly dry and slightly sticky. Yummy. 9.5%ABV completely hidden throughout. smith4498 (3687) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle from a trade with drfabulous. Pours brownish black color with tan head. Aromas of lightly roasted malts, citrus and pine. Lots of grapefruit and pine flavors with some roastiness and moderate bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation. A nice IPA. Thanks Jeff.
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Pours a very dark brown with big beige head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with notes of light pine and citrus as well as some alcohol. Taste is where it shines the beer comes through bitter sweet and dark in an almost perfect balance almost like its too perfect... Palate is not too think with a strong carbonation and a certain degree of oiliness as well as creaminess. Finish has a bitter chocolate tang that i find quite delicious! Would like to age one a year or heck two years. Travlr (26405) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle courtesy of nbutler11 (thanks!) shared at DC local tasting. Dark maroon color, huge tan head. Aroma of grass and pine cones. Taste has ground coffee and pine resin. Hi carbonation. Nice. bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
750 ml bottle - poured into a pint glass
AROMA: Hoppy and malty.
APPEARANCE: Pours dark brownish to black. A lot of head on this one that is more on the creamy side in color.
TASTE: Piney hops and roasted malts. The hop taste dominates though.
PALATE: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation with a slightly bitter finish.
OVERALL: A really good Black IPA, this is about the 5th one I’ve had in this style and is near the top IMO (the others Stone Sublimely, Sprecher Black IPA, Lakefront IBA, & Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet). murphym45 (779) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a foam brown head that sticks around for quite a whileand laces very nicely. Nice Hoppy aroma with herbal and piney notes, along with some malty notes. Full bodied and very smooth with lots of roasted malt and some Hoppy bitterness on the finish. flavorful, complex, and a great balance between Hoppy and malty. This is what a black IPA should be. Sledutah (7971) - Utah, USA - AUG 28, 2011
750ml bottle thanks to Sparky, shared with douglas88
Appearance: Dark brown with a big tan head and lots of lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate and pine resin