grundsow (135) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Black IPA’s rock! It’s the best of both worlds – roasted flavors & hops. Delightfully bitter hops up front, backed with bitter roasted malt. Smooth, rich, tons of flavor all around, and even manageable alcohol to boot. A pert near perfect beer. thebrood1987 (22) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2011
You can smell the roasted malts reminiscent of a porter or stout but with citrus and some pine undertones from the hops. Taste is even better with that roasted chocolate almost coffee like malt with the leafy earthy hops coming together. It ends with the citrus and slightly piney bittering hops that mixes in so well with the malts. Very well crafted beer. BREWMUSKCLES (2731) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
loved it. Clean fresh pine from North American forests in late fall. thick enough to deserve the black color. refreshing and substantial and a sensory overload.... Without any gimmick, Thank you. a bitter brew with just a touch of sweetness and citrus. On tap at Gingerman NYC. Lingering finish unbalanced and smooth it is represented by some roasted barley. Addictive, Fragrant and beautiful. tfontana (1094) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2015
UPDATED: APR 14, 2016 Bottle poured into pint glass from Signal Variety, Plaistow NH. Aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee and licorice, slightly smokey. Appearance is dark, dark reddish black (perfect for the blood moon!) at the bottom of the glass, opaque black at the top, with sparkle (where I could see it) and finger-width beige head with good retention and attractive lacing. Taste is rich moderate sweetness with roasty bitterness. Palate is medium to full bodied with creamy texture, lively carbonation to remind you you’re not having a porter or a stout and wet, long roasted bittersweet finish. Overall, a fantastic way to take in an eclipse, but would be fantastic otherwise, too. Bravo! 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.
KixRules (10) - USA - FEB 18, 2011
Pours black/dark brown with creamy head, off-tan. I smelled a lot of pine and not a lot of citrus...more earthy. I really liked the taste of dark chocolate in the finish with roasted malts. Very enjoyable beer. eggraid101 (79) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle dark dark brown/black with nice thick tan head which slowly dissipates. This ipa has a great body and mouthfeel. No coffee or chocolate, it is pure ipa with a great body. My new favorite winter ipa. Taste piney but also sweetish Granny Smith like hop flavor. Some orange as well. Well done
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ironmanallday (2) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010 does not count
This is a very unique beer style (at least for me) It is rather light in mouthfeel with a slightly toasty flavour not found in most IPAs, but more in Porters. But the hops, they shine! wpotter10 (1) - Vermont, USA - APR 22, 2011 does not count
Great winter beer. Very full taste, but is more like a porter/stout than an IPA. jmthomp07 (14) - Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Aroma= Black. You can’t even see through this when put up to a light. Nice yellow/tan tint to the foam.
Smell = earthy, malty, with a hoppy background note to the smell
Taste = Tastes just like it smells but with a hint of fruitiness that I couldn’t make out in the smell. This isn’t a traditional "IPA" in the amount of hoppieness to the flavor. It is amazingly well balanced to be such a dark beer. Starts with an earthy maltiness and goes to a full flavor full of spices and a bit of fuitiness as it fills your mouth, and ends with the floral/hoppy notes at the end.
Mouthfeel = smooth yet full bodied
Overall = This is a great alternative to a stout. If you drank this blind folded, you wouldn’t know it was a black beer.