glennmastrange (2869) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of dark bread, toasted, molasses and sweet dark chocolate, light resin and dough for yeast, with hints of dark rum, cola and a hint of vanilla. Head is large frothy with bigger bubbles, tan, with good slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly lasting. Color is clear very dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a soft to lively carbonation and has a lightly astringent and chalky finish. Very malty and not very hoppy, the flavor is a little out of balance, but this Black IPA has a lot of other aspects to it. Should have been categorized as an American Strong Ale. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
21-Feb-10 (22-oz wax-dipped bottle: Purchased 22-Dec-09 for $8.49 at www.wineandcheeseplace.com) Black Perle pours dark brown in color, opaque through the center and translucent toward the edges, but the tan head is rather modest, rising to barely a quarter inch and settling to a filmy layer. The moderately sweet, malt-driven nose offers pronounced aromas of chocolate, coffee, and earth against a pleasant backdrop of piney and modestly grassy hops. On the palate, this beer has solid depth of malt: it’s medium-sweet, very roasty and quite toasty as well, offering lots of coffee with milk, medium-dark chocolate, and ash. The slightly distant hops are piney and citrusy, and the medium bitterness augments the moderate bitterness of the roast without overwhelming the palate with the onslaught of tongue-numbing, astringent bitterness that too often plagues this emerging style. A substantial beer, it’s rich and full bodied on the palate, yet still light on its feet. The mouthfeel is perfectly balanced between malty sweetness and drying bitterness, and is chalky, moderately carbonated, and smooth and easy to drink for a muscular beer. Overall, the majority of the flavor of this Black IPA comes from the dark-roasted malts, and the weight and alcohol are sufficient enough that this beer more closely resembles a hoppy Imperial Stout. Regardless of this relatively minor stylistic quibble, it’s an outstanding beer, one that is absolutely delicious and a pleasure to drink. Highly recommended and worth seeking out, but be sure to share it with a friend or two. It’s 9.5% alcohol and too tasty to horde the entire bottle for yourself. DialSquare (5029) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Growler from Charleston Beer Exchange courtesy of Kristin and Gary. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Nutty cocoa aroma with a hint of citrus lemon. Ashy caramel malt taste with licorice, flowers, lemon and coffee. Kind of harsh and nice at the same time. wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Highly drinkable for a beer of this strength. On the malty side with a little bit of roasted bitterness in the finish. Lightly sweet at first. Medium bodied. Hoppier than a porter or stout, but not to the level of an IPA. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, hops, slight pine, and slight citrus. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a small, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, burnt coffee, oats, light lactose, light hops, light pine, light resin, and some ash. Bitterness seems to be more from coffee and chocolate than from the hops. Medium body. Lightly viscous, lightly slick, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter, bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, hops, cream, lactose, oat, and roasted malt finish is lightly dry. Why is this a black IPA? Seems more like a porter or stout. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Black, with a loose beige head. Spicy, piney aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Smooth and rich, with spicy, hoppy notes throughout. Hints of dark chocolate, as well. kassner (1659) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Very interesting dark IPA, not too much aromatic hops but huge on the dry sid, giving it a clear medicinal not. Head and lacing were not all that much, cola colored Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Draught at Delaneys. Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Smells resiny, sticky, some molasses notes. Tastes sticky and resiny with some pine and a bitter finish. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Bottle pours a dark brown brew with a tiny off-white head. Scent is roasty, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate and malty with some light bitterness on the end. Not what I had in mind but it is tasty. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, dense brown head. Strong aroma is roasted malt, and hops. The malt seems to be overcoming the hops. Soft dark chocolate as well. Taste is big roasted malt with lesser hop notes. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee here as well. Body is medium-full with a bubbly, but creamy carbonation. Ends with a touch more pronounced hoppiness but with big roasted malt and coffee notes, light chocolate and burnt caramel.