halfonit (1364) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Pours a near black color with a thick caramel colored head. Aroma is of malts, molasses, a slight roastiness, oak, vanilla, and wood chips. Flavor is more of a roasted malt stout style of brew that’s been aged in oak barrels. Caramel, vanilla, and chocolate are also present. Leaves an oaked malt finish. No hops present which is usually a must for IPA’s, but it doesn’t matter here, this is an all around great brew. hfmejias (1283) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2013
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is not too strong and is mostly roasted coffee, maybe some chocolate and some citrus/piney hops. Smokey taste, malty sweet well balanced with hops (very good tasting beer). The ABV is noticeable but well hidden and not overpowering. Overall a very good beer. beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - MAY 8, 2011
What i am looking for in a black ipa is the balance between the hops and the roasted malt flavor. If this was a blind taste test, i would have called this a porter, no way would this be a black ipa. due to the style being so new, there are a lot of brewers right now coming out with black ipa’s that just arent. the roasted malts completely dominate this one with the ipas taking a backseat. great color, palate is fine, aroma is of a porter. so so in my book polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, pine and spicy hops. Black hue with an average sized light tan head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is heavy sweet and very heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with an above average carbonation. Overall this is a really good brew that really should be called an Imperial Black IPA. It’s a really big beer with good roasted aromas and and intense hop bitterness. Good. Thisis12ptfont (1191) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Strong earthy aromas with subtle vanilla and oat notes. Completely solid black with no foam at all. Mellow bitterness from the hops accompanied by a subtle chocolate roast malt flavor. Some toffee and metallic notes on the finish. Overall, I am actually a little disappointed. I was expecting much more to it. It’s very basic and mellow. I’d give this beer a C rating.
tsd08460 (1164) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Aroma: molasses, caramel, earthy,
Appearance: black, clear, tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Very nice Bricks (1124) - Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Very good, malty, chocolate coffee aroma. Appearance is above avg, frothy head, dark color. Taste is super strong coffee, some malt, some hops. a little carbonated for my liking. Great beer. bookman10 (1120) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Pours a dark brown, almost (not quite) black, with average head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice. Flavor is a very strong roasted-malt (almost like a burnt toast), with some coffee and chocolate, etc., but with the addition of a fairly strong, underlying hop bitterness. This is a very interesting beer. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2009
22oz blue wax-dipped bomber from CBX. pours a deep, chestnut brown with a thin, bubbly light tan head and solid lacing. aroma is very nice with mildly sweet, nutty, dark malts and lovely citrus hop note of pink grapefruit and orange along with sweet florals, canned pineapple, and earthy pine that really pop when the glass is swirled. flavor is quite tasty and certainly unique with big, resinous pine hop notes and a touch of citrus initially with nutty, toasted malts, toffee, and cocoa on the back end leading to a bittersweet finish with a touch of roast coffee. palate is medium bodied with mild carbonation and maybe a touch thin for a dipa. overall, and very solid, unique, brew. Maxbier (981) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Black with light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and orange citrus hop. Very chocolatey roast up front/ start is like a stout. Finish is black ipa; piney floral herbal hop with lingering chocolate. Interesting combo of stout flavors and ipa character. Enjoyable.