dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2012
I enjoyed this very much, but it seemed closer to a 5% beer than an 8% beer in terms of body, presence, and how I felt after drinking it. It’s very thin....light refreshing beer with a good hoppiness and a bitter refreshing finish. The pine described is definitely present. Very curious to know if it’s really 8.2% but I don’t know how that could be. Brandman (2963) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2012
Deep dark brown body, light brown head. Aroma is very intensively hoppy with medicinal and portwine like aromas. Flavour has lots of roasted malt, liqourice, ash and high bitterness. Quite dry and harsh finish. rosenbergh (11753) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2012
355 ml bottle. From Brooklyn, NY. Courtesy of Brandman.hivemind (919) - New York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2012
Black colour with small creamy tan head.
Buttery (slightly rancid) aroma combined with nice fresh piney hoppiness and dark maltiness. Flavour is dry liquorice, piney bitter hops, medicine and darkish maltiness. Tasty.
Tap @ FG with Erica. Pours black with big, tan head into chalice. Pretty good nose - hoppy, woody and roasty. Tastes of fresh, dry pine hops. A bit of roast in the flavor but really not a ton. That’s where I feel most black IPAs go overboard. This was pretty well balanced in my opinion and the "IPA" was the focus instead of the "black." I enjoyed it. MarkoR (959) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours pitch black with brownish head. Aroma of malts. Reasonable hops. Taste of coffee, chocolate. A very decent beer.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 15, 2012
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. If I had to name the aroma hop variety, I’d say Sorachi Ace and I’d probably be wrong. But it does have that lemony, zesty citrus spritz over some darker malts. Hmmm. Interesting structure. Brash hops give way to a strange tanginess. The hops are grassy, very bitter, and a bit dusty. There’s some malt body missing, for sure. I think the "black" part of this works, with good color and a little hint of darker malts, but the IPA part is too focused on bitterness and the quality of the hops is poor. Yet, drinkable. A mediocre effort, in my opinion. theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pours a nice black with a fair cocoa head and a little lace. Aroma is of chocolate roasted malts, hops, some caramel. Nice bitterness, dark flavors, a little chocolate, caramel, roasted malts. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2012
Bottle in Hotel Room, NYC. Almost black - white head. Butter, diacetyl, fruity, ok hoppy, ok burned malts, high malty, fatness, sourness. off, off, off. Braudog (6803) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle. Dark, reddish black with a tan head. The aroma is big ... But I can’t quite place it ... Vanilla? Root beer? This drinks with a distinct phenolic bite, over-the-top, really. There’s other bits of chocolate and burnt malt, but this just more unpleasant as I go. Odd. (#4516, 3/6//2012) TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2012
Pours pitch black, brown head.
Roasted, malty aromas, chocolate, slightly phenolic, quite hoppy, but lacking the real punch I’d expect.
Dry, medium to full bodied, high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Roasted, slightly smokey, ashy taste, chocolate, coffee beans, mint, tar, moderately hoppy. More of a stout than a BIPA.