BeerandBlues2 (13321) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
Draught at 6th Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours clear tawny with an average, fizzy, light brown head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (grain, hay, straw, meal), average hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (sweat, dough) with notes of grape and apple. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2008
Tap @ O’brien’s. Pour took a long time, I guess the tap had just been put on. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is malty and sweet, not really much hops on the nose. Taste is malty and hoppy and sweet, slight bitter, very nice, very tasty. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
the body is confusing me because it’s black, which is obviously not normal for any kind of IPA, and certainly makes me wonder how Three Floyds didn’t think of this! regardless, it’s good--a nice, literally dark IIPA (though more subtle than others in the same class) that i never knew i would ever enjoy. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
ON tap at brewery. Clear dark brown with a fizzy white head. Citrus and very hoppy aroma and taste with a crisp dry finish. Ratman197 (14838) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2008
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, grapefruit, pine and earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, carmel and light roastiness with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. I’ve been waiting a long time to try this one. A pretty outstanding black IIPA I thought. Frothy and lacy white head with a thoroughly floral and piny aroma. Flavor and hop profile seemed quite similar to Poor Man’s IPA. Spicy grapefruit and orange citrus that leans crisp and refreshing, with a prominent malt undertone. Lots of carbonation in the finish that helps to prolong the resiny bitterness. wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 7, 2008
Pint at PP Carlsbad. Debated on whether to get a pint of this and a taster of taster of Czar RIS, or vice versa. Wish I had gotten the vice versa. I don’t what it is about black IPAs, like this and Stone 11th. I don’t like them as much. It’s possible it is simply a delusion, but more likely, the limited number of Black IPAs just haven’t been that good compared to the best IIPAs. Dark black-red color. Head fades to a cottony wisp on the surface, with lingering lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is mildly hoppy. This seems to happen often when I get a pint at a bar. I think it has something to do with the carbonation setup. Lots of grassy and grapefruit hops. Lots of bitterness. Not as smooth as other famous hoppy beers. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 On-tap at PP C’Bad. Pours very dark brown with a creamy off-white head that leaves lots of spiderweb lace. Smells dark, somewhat smokey malty and hoppy citrusy, grassy as well. Tastes hoppy but also roasty malty at the same time. The malts hit first and then the citrusy and grassy hops take over. Medium body, coats the mouth, active carbonation. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 Now this brew is fantastic! No, really. Tap at Liar’s Club and Dtown Johnny Brown... flat out delicious. Very deceiving from the looks of it, opaque black color, but has the taste of a DIPA. Hence the name. Good balance, easy to slam down, but they def catch up with you. Too bad its all gone! Bring this one back! mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2007
On tap at Stone brewpub. Pours pitch black with a creamy white head. Monster piney hops aroma which you never expect from this dark of a beer if you dont know its an IPA. Tastes like an IPA, just darker. Its got the hoppy grapefruit taste to it, but nothing overpowering. Very nicely blended and well balanced. Just cool to drink a beer that dark that tastes so hoppy.