phaleslu (10245) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Wow, 10th rating for this beer? I figured it was more common than this. 22 oz. bottle. Got it in a trade with emacgee- thanks, Ethan! Pours a cloudy brown color in the middle with clear copper edges and a finger-thick, frothy beige head. Aroma of earthy, citrusy hops, toast, roasted malts, smoked wood, and dank leaves. Flavor of earthy, floral hops, toast, roasted malts, pine, and grapefruit. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, bitter mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Very nice black IPA. smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle opened on the bus ride to the Hunahpu release. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Citrusy hop aroma with some roasted malts. Roasty flavor with some pine and citrus hops. Medium body with average carbonation. A nice black ipa. douglas88 (9174) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle thanks to Spencer. Pours a dark brown color with a medium grey head. the aroma is sweet citrus and pine. the flavor leans more toward a porter; sweet roast and coffee, rich bitter fruity hops, pine and lingering zingy bitterness on the palate. Nice. Very drinkable. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bomber received in a trade with McNuts. Thanks again Keith! Best by 7/11.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy light beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.
Roasted malt aroma with lots of earthy hops and subtle citrus notes. Hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal and caramel along with earthy pine and citrus rind. A bit malty for my preference but standard for the style.
Medium bodied with a blast of dry and bitter earthy hops that linger throughout over the deep roasted malt flavor into a long dry finish. The hop presence is much more prominent than the aroma suggest with lots of dry earthy pine flavor and subtle citrus notes. Very dry and bitter with slight sweetness to balance things out. This is balanced by a deep roasted malt profile with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal, caramel, toffee and coffee/espresso bean. Very complex and well balanced and although it has plenty of roasted malt it is still plenty hoppy and can still be considered an IPA. Complex and easy to drink with a well masked ABV.
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle at RBSG. Pours black. White head. Nose/taste of marshmallow, hops, lightly roasted chocolate malt, bitter chocolate and resinous hops. Medium body. Good mouth feel.
Jayb0 (1197) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
This is a nice example of the style. The hopping is aggressive, the beer is dark and attractive and the expectation of a rich, lightly roasty backbone is there. Good stuff. DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 Love this black IPA, beautiful tan head, but dark and hoppy to the core. Delicious finish. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Nose is caramel, coffee, orange marmalade and mint. Wonderfully crisp medium light with some resin. Taste is grapefruit peel and mocha; sweeter notes of Mandarin orange. Ends earthy with coffee bean. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Draft at ODB & bottle from from peabodies. Dark Pour with a thick cascading chestnut colored head and spotty lace. Aroma is mostly bakers chocolate with big piney/citric undertones. Very Nice. Unfortunately this like most other black ipas falls into the astringent category rather than bitter. I wonder if they used husked carafa in some capacity of the malt bill. With that being said I enjoyed this a little better on draft then in the bottle. PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Dark brown-black. Really nice resiny citrus hop aromatics, light roastiness in the malts but otherwise they don’t do much.