Cybercat (6343) - Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Strong aroma - it just about follows me around the room - is quite rye-ish, with firm earthy and hoppy notes and hints of fresh-baked pumpernickel bread (I love pumpernickel BTW!) and regular barley malt. Comes out of the growler a slightly reddish dark chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent dirty tan head. Flavor is - superb. Mouth-filling. Sublime. Friggin’ delish. Smoky, hoppy, scarcely bitter, hints of licorice, molasses, even a little sour orange and semi-sweet chocolate. Could this get any better? Scarcely. Thick, smooth texture has lively fizz that leaves a nice hoppy and smoky finish. I hope this becomes a Red Brick standard, because I sure could return to it again and again and again! ultrashuai (2) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2013 does not count
12oz bottle poured into a small glass.
I guess you can’t quite call it a "black IPA," but it’s pretty close and, if it was, this would be my new favorite black IPA. Thick, hearty, but not filling. Hops make up a wonderful flavor profile, but don’t overwhelm anything. You can taste the roasted malts, but it’s not "roasty."
Really well done. Good to see something this good from Red Brick. I knew they had it in them. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Series Six of Brick Mason Series. 12oz bottle. Very dark brown pour. Aroma of hops, resin & pine. Has burnt grain in the nose, mostly hops. Flavor is all hops. Very bitter, mostly pine flavors. Finishes with a charred malt character, some dark chocolate, roast, and grapefruit skin. This beer is definitely an American Black IPA! (3749) SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 5, 2013
bottle. near black with a large, fine bubbled, whipped, brown head. sweet aromas of creamed coffee, caramel. flavor has notes of coffee with plenty of cream and toffee. the malt bill is awesome. the tropical fruity hop notes are also very interesting in this style. full bodied with medium carbonation. Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a finger of creamy mocha colored head that settled fast. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, caramel, and light citrus/piney notes. Taste is rich coffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, pine, and some spice from the rye. Really creamy mouthfeel. Overall a really well done BIPA.
edgallow (4640) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2013
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of malts, pine, citrus and coffee. Taste is malts, citrus and caramel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone glennmastrange (2942) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted grain for the malt, moderate resin for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with notes of charcoal, alcohol and tobacco. Head is small to average in size, frothy, light brown with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately acidic and lightly bitter, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft to lively carbonation. Nice smooth mouthfeel and some deep aromas set this beer apart from other Black IPAs. Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - JAN 30, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2015 Denso color nero con un velo di morbida schiuma marroncina. Al naso offre sentori di cioccolato, espresso, caramello e luppoli fruttati. Gusto amarognolo, caffettoso e tostato con note di malto e cereali; finale lungo, amaro e persistente con note leggermente più dolciastre. Corpo medio, effervescenza debole, struttura setoso-oleosa: un piacere per le papille gustative, ricorda una stout morbida che sul finale scatena l’amaro/fruttato tipico di una IPA. Promossa! CEZ (420) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 18, 2014
Mahogany body, medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit. Caramel sweetness up front, followed by a slightly resinous hoppiness. Good malty character, not overly hoppy. Medium to full mouthfeel, smooth texture. Finish is moderately bitter, slightly acidic.