jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours a three finger khaki head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Light medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is resin/pine hops that the malts almost balance, ends with a slight bitter aftertaste. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours brown with a white head. Smells of some resiny hops, metallic. Tastes resiny with some citrus notes and light caramelly hints on the finish. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 15, 2011
(Bottle from Damon’s) Pours very dark brown with some brown highlights. Two and a half fingers of frothy, whipped tan head that recede somewhat. Aroma of citrus/grapefruit and lighter pine. Mouthfeel creamy, fairly light, lightly pebbly. Droopy, broken lacing. Aroma of sweet and slightly sharp citrusy-grapefruity hoppiness with some pine. No roastiness or malt presence. Just sweet, citrusy hops. glennmastrange (2869) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle. Moderate toasted and coffee for the malt, heavy pine, resin and good hydro-pot for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with hints of pepper and cigar ash. Head is large, frothy to fizzy, tan with excellent lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor is moderately to heavily acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation. This Black IPA stands out because of the unique and bold aroma. Could’ve been a bit more complex in the flavor though. bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Close to black with beige head. Aromas of soap, cocoa, tea, cinnamon. Flavors of coffee, cereal, cocoa, soap. Slightly dry finish with hop attenuation. Slight tannic-like character. Medium body with soapy mouthfeel and bright, moderate carbonation.
jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 9, 2011
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours very dark brown with a thick, beige head. Aroma strong of the citrus hops but the caramel and roasted malts are present as well. Not as much of a porter presence as some other black IPAs. Still a great combination of roasted malts and citrus hops. Average texture. A good beer from this style. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - FEB 7, 2011
black pour. slight beige head. Aroma is hops forward, Flutters of pininess and some light fruity citrus from the citra, also underlying roast and dark chocolate maltiness. Flavor is creamy bittersweet chocolate, some piney hops, light citra hop fruitiness evident. Really nice actually, not over the top roasty or piney, like some. Worth getting again for sure. cmc619 (501) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Into an Otter Creek English pub glass. Black/dark brown. Great pour with creamy head, off-tan. This beer smells like the woods--lots of pine from the hops. Low on citrus, more of an earthy bouquet. As far as taste experience, this is like an IPA that transforms into a stout: you get hit with the bitters at first, but the finish is dark chocolate and roasted malt. Nice lingering bitterness on the tongue. Really liked this when I tried it in Vermont, and it’s as good as I remember it. The whole CDA/black IPA thing seems to be catching on and this is a fine example. radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle. Poured a pitch black color with a off-white head. Aroma was sweet malts, fruity hops. Woah, this one was a solid Black IPA/IBA. Crisp citrus, grapefruits, pine hops, sweet malt balance. I’ll be looking for this one again. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle, and draft. Black pour with some light tan head. Light roasted notes accompany a grassy and pine like hop flavor. Nice dark ipa, not so thick that you would think its a hopped up stout.