arminjewell (9675) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle thanks to JCB, pours dark brownish black with creamy tan head. Aroma has the usual CDA notes, with lots of roast, coffee, toffee, some pine and grass in there, touch of chocolate as well. Taste is very smooth and balanced, leaning more towards the porter/stout side than the IPA side, which is fairly rare in this category in general. Nice roast, toffee, coffee and chocolate mixing fairly well, some hints of bitter pine and grass, finishing fairly bitter, some from the hops and some from the roast. Nice brew overall. Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
Decent example of style, though over-representing roasted character. Thick black pour with lots beige head, significant lace left down the glass. Above average mouthfeel, some smoke in aroma and taste. As big roasty, not for everybody. I liked it now, maybe not as much in the hot summer. Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2012
From a tap into a tullip glass. Pours a jet black color with a nice thick light tan head which leaves great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, pine. Taste has a nice blend of bitter hops, roasted malt. Full body mouthfeel. Overall a great beer. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
22oz bottle, as shown .. . pours a deep brown black .. medium head, light lacing .. . roast and brown hops, light tar .. . slick mouth .. . quite the surprise, i liked this
.. . . i am a raven! .. really... DiarmaidBHK (4907) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Cask at Growlers Pourhouse. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. Slight pine note on the nose. A lot more pine sol on the tongue. Has a drying effect on the tongue with the finish. Solid!
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. From notes, July 26, 2012.
A: Rich roasted malts and some hoppy goodness. Roast, dark chocolate, nice piney and citrus hops, and maybe some coffee in the background.
A: Poured a pitch black with a massive two-finger head that was fairly light in color.
T: Dark roasted malt and pine and citrus zest hops up front. The aftertaste brings about cocoa and coffee ground flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness in the middle before the cocoa and coffee flavors kick in that slowly fades after each sip.
P: Medium carbonation, dry finish, active carbonation.
O: A decent but largely unexciting Black IPA. Maybe a little astringent, but a really good mix of a bitter ipa and a slightly roasted stout. rumproasts (5359) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Tap. Black with small head. Malty with strong grapefruit hops. Solid black ipa with good flavor. Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Haven’t had too many black IPAs so this is difficult to rate. I find the mixture of a stout and IPA to be very enticing. As an IPA, however, I believe the hop bitterness needs to be more prominent than they are in this brew. Outside of being somewhat malt-centric, this is a very nice and enjoyable beer if you forget about it as an IPA. Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle from Shag at the Suttree Appreciation Day. Pours brown, with no head to speak of. Odd aroma - grape, coffee, and some burnt toast. Flavor is pretty straight forward Black IPA (I guess...) - coffee and burnt notes, then a decent hop bitterness. Shag (3001) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2011
The appearance on this one was black with a beige head. The aroma contained some chocolate, coffee, lemons, and grapefruit. The citrus dominates the flavor more than the stout qualities so. Some orange and grapefruit and coffee in the background. Overall pretty good but I’m almost over the whole Black IPA fad.