AndreaDel (56) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 7, 2010
Draft at 4:20, Rome. Dark brown red color with huge creamy and cream color head. Massive hop aroma, lovely vanilla nose. Taste sweet, the hop dominates the roasted malts. These beer is like a vanilla ice cream in the mouth. Roasted malts and hops are perfectly matched, medium body. So smoothy and refreshing with a dry end. I love this beer. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: Jet black with just a bit of head but decent lacing.
S: Grapefruit and piney hops, a mild grass aroma, no real roasted aroma, which was surprising.
T: The taste is pretty much right on for what I was looking for. Not quite the same level of roasted maltiness that Stone 11/Sublimely Self-Righteous has. Like the nose, plenty of grapefruit citrus and a bit of sweetness. Quite a bit of piney bitterness.
M: Quite bitter, fairly moderate carbonation, medium body.
D: The booze is hidden on this, which is quite nice. I really like the Black IPA style, so this was right up my alley. 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! 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. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Tap at PP Carl. I have become a sucker for black IPAs and this certainly didn’t disappoint. Nose is a rather earthy hop with some nicely roasted malts. Flavor is more of the same with a very thick creamy texture. Light chocolate compliments the green hops. Very good.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Draft at O’Brien’s. Like a good Schwartzbeir, this didn’t look anything like it tasted. Lots of hoppy aroma off this dark brown ale with some decent tan head... Hops were fruity, apricot and mango. Some citrus but more light fruit. Body was medium, and the flavor was more hops. Strong bitter and delicious. More pine on the flavor than in the aroma. Very very good. hapjydeuce (1002) - 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. Ratman197 (15208) - 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. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
Tap @ Solana Beach. Pours jet black with a short-lived fizzy head. Toast, rye, hops, pine, apple, and some smoke. Sharp, crisp hop bite up front with a lot of pepper and grapefruit. The malt gives it a velvet feel and a nice, rich, earthy back. A fair amount of roasted flavor, but its almost more like a toasted rye as opposed to a roasted malt. Kind of a nice tobacco flavor. Just an excellent beer. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Black pour w/ a huge thick tan head and great lacing. Big sweet citrus hop aroma light floral ntoes some hints of strawberries, not at all what I expected from this pour. Good full nice palate. Outstanding, smooth fruity IPA just delicious.