radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Draft at Lost Dog Dunn Loring. Poured a pitch black, like oil with a small but dense brown head. Aroma was dark, chocolate and roasted malt, touch of pine and hops. Flavor had a nice balanced malt to hop character, something missing in a lot of black IPA beers, as the bitterness is pretty well balanced out in this. Alcohol is masked almost entirely in this one, no boozy notes at all. Huhzubendah (3742) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Black opaque bod with an inch of tan head that sticks around for the duration. Aromas include roast and chocolate first, followed by some hop and pine character. Pretty tasty brew here. I wouldn’t have guessed it was nearly 10% abv. Medium bodied and well balanced. Moderate bitterness but not overpowering. A nice sipper. nimbleprop (8761) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2014
22oz bottle pours a hazy, mahogany black with some thin, beige head. Nose of bread crust, pine, vegetal, toast, soap. Flavor is roasty, toasted bread, a little coffee, light black pepper. Roasty finish. Hopswagger (344) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
P: A choppy billowing sea of midnight and crowned with crashing waves of thick bubbly espresso tinted foam.
S: Loads of roasted malts, baking chocolate, cocoa powder, oak, vanilla, sweet prunes, figs, barley and coffee. Aroma is similar to a chocolate forward porter with a tickle on the nose.
T/M: Taste follows the nose but brings more bitterness to the party. Bitter cocoa and spices flow over the roasted malts. Velvety feel that coats the tongue and lingers bitter cocoa and natural spices.
O: Super lush and flavorful. Love the rich chocolate and bitterness orchestrated into a well balanced brew. This is a must try. Cheers! dmac (6471) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22oz wax bomber from MOTORHEADTODD, THANKS BRO!! Poured a good looking solid black body of medium density and an average sized thick creamy dark beige head. Aroma of green leafy veggies, bad chocolate, dough. Flavor is chocolate, dark toast, grains, touch of coffee grounds some roasted pineapple and grapefruit. Medium to fuller body, creamy, aversge to stronger carbonation. Solid beer.
icehawk (876) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Rich aroma of vanilla, licorice, smoke, and caramel. Full mouthfeel, with dark fruit flavors and a bitter finish. reverendj (198) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Hmmmm, where to start. Pine tar and oak ash aroma with a sneaky bit of molasses hiding out back. Dark and oily on the pour with a soft carbonation. The lack of hop bitterness and aroma make me question the style, although it has the caramel and biscuit flavors of a good IPA. This IS a very good ale more akin to an sweet stout or a hoppy porter. Sparkle City has a gem here! bigguns22 (803) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2013
One of the best black ipa’s around. Black in color large tan head. Tons of hops and malt hit your nose then your tongue and stays on plate. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with almost no head on it. Nose is hoppy up front, then a bit of chocolate hits, then some dark fruit comes through. Taste is very roasty and slightly bitter. Very smooth and pleasant to drink. Leighton (22327) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle shared at Sander’s in NYC. Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. Rich dark malt nose, lots of burnt marshmallows. Medium sweet flavor, more burnt marshmallows, strong roast, torched wood, chocolate. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Well roasted malt finish, some milky coffee, roasted marshmallows, milk chocolate. Pretty damn tasty.