Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Recommended by Jamie of the Wooden Keg. Pours almost black very dark brown hues with almost no head. Aroma of choc and a blend of hops malts, a little weak though. Not reminiscent of an IPA at all, it has a bitter chocolate flavor, nuts, some maltiness, Full body, soft carbonation, it has a long finish that is actually rather sweet. Gets better as it warms. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Nose is roasty with hints of chocolate and black bread. Hops are somewhat herbal, danky, and peppery. Dark brown, almost black pour with a creamy tan head that settles to a thin film and nice lace. The flavor is dark and roasty, a little nutty, a little chocolate and caramel sweetness, herbal hop bitterness, floral hops, and peppery bite in the finish. A little thin, somewhat dry, spicy, and maybe a little alcoholic. SpringsLicker (3681) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2011
The pour is almost black and opaque but just a bit of light comes through at the edge to reveal that this is a very dark brown with a tall, lasting tan head. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Malty roast aroma with some chocolate with a touch of hops. An aroma that at first strikes me as one from a Porter rather than a black IPA. I guess it fits the new category description pretty well though.
The flavor is slightly bitter, perhaps divided between the roast malt bitterness and the hop bitterness. Some sweetness that tastes to me like there is watermelon in here. Maybe that’s the Perle hops I’m tasting?
T<he biggest thing about this beer is that I bought it in my hometown in the middle of beer wasteland. A little pricey at $12 tax included, but the fuel savings to the nearest beer city made it OK I guess.
22oz bottle. Small tan head atop cola-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, chocolate, light grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, grapefruit, some bittersweet chocolate, light alcohol warming. Smooth medium-full body, alcohol fairly well contained. alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bomber. Dark brown, small lightly tan head. Looks really nice. Nose is roasted chocolate, slight alcohol, not a lot else. Pleasant, but not very zippy. Initial taste is a big dose of slightly bitter chocolate, leading to a little brown sugar and an ashiness that surrounds a nice, prickling bitterness. Just a slight citrus as it warms. Noticeable alcohol warmth finishes. Finish is mouth coating with some milk chocolate sweetness. Pretty decent, first half of the glass was really tasty, though the sweet chocolate and slight boozy finish were a little much towards the end of the glass.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. pours a brown color with a quarter inch off white head... some dark hops in the nose but no where near what they advertise... generally a standard beer like their others... nothing to get excited about.... average finish with light hop notes.... fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle thanks to KP pours dark brown to black with medium off white head. Aroma is chocolate with mellow floral hop notes. Very roasty malt flavor with evergreen and spruce hop flavors finishing dry. jtclockwork (17374) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle at Pilsner Pete’s RBSG. Pours mostly clear dark brown. Nose and taste of roasted malts, citrus, bitter hops and coffee grounds. Strykzone (7714) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Almost as dark as a porter with plenty of red highlights. A small tan head. This is an IIPA? I tasted lots of dark fruit with roasted notes. An undertone was some spicy hops but they never asserted themselves. The alcohol remained hidden throughout. I liked it, whatever it was. Lubiere (14182) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
A deep dark brown IPA with a very thin moka head. In aroma, nutty chocolate, lightly hopped, vinous notes. In mouth, an interesting bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, musky and nutty, nice. Cask. On tap at Brewvival, Feb. 26 2011.