halfonit (1366) - 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. nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Thanks to Suttree for this one. Dark caramely brown with decent tan head. Nose of citrus, raisin, chocolate, caramel. Medium body, good carbonation. Good chocolate and dried fruit flavors with decent bitter hop bite. A departure from other black IPA’s I’ve tried. Not sure it fits in that category. Alcohol is well masked. Nice, lasting chocolate covered raisin finish. Very good. adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 4, 2013
22 oz bomber. Pours a black cola with a huge foamy tan/light brown head. Aroma of light pine tar, oats, hops and malty citrus. Taste of oats, pine tar notes, citrus and malt. Excellent obscure brew. maxwelldeux (4374) - 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. bigguns22 (798) - 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.
MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a very thin head and aromas of brown sugar, peat, a little bit of resin. Flavor has quite a bit of dark malt sweetness-- chocolate, brown sugar, peat-like smokiness, a bit of resiny hops and a nice chocolate aftertaste. This is one of the more interesting black IPA style beers I’ve had. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a clearish, dark brown body with a bubbly, sudsy, beige-colored head.
Smell: Pleasant mix of various hop and malt notes: roasted barley, robust coffee, chocolate squares, citrus, and lightly resinous pine. A bit of warmth pulls out more chocolatey tones.
Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness developing tastes of bittersweet chocolate and Colombian coffee with some soft caramel sweetness. An iota of dark fruitiness. The hops are made to compete with the earthy roast character here, though still they manage to present pine wood, citrus fruits, and a few coarsely-chopped mint leaves. Moderate bitterness that couples with the roastiness. Finishes dry, subtly warming, and roasty with a few final hints of spice and citrus zest.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderately smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable, well-rounded brew. Not nearly as notably hoppy or bitter as some of these so-called Black IPA’s (or in this case Walnut Brown IPA) on the market today, which is fine with me. It’s good to see RJ Rockers rolling out some new brews now that they’ve settled down in their new facility. 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. raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a moderate light tan head. Hoppy nose. I’m not really an IPA guy, but this doesn’t really taste like an IPA. It’s almost like a hoppy Imperial Stout. Distinct roasted malts, maybe some chocolate or cocoa. Hops are robust but not overwhelming, and are tempered by the malts. Enjoyed it a lot. I’ll buy it again. Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
From the bottle, pours very dark brown with a thick tan foamy head. Aroma is rich, light coffee, brown sugar, slight alcohol. Taste is thick and a little bitter, a drying alcohol finish. Flavors of espresso, bitter hops, roasted malt, molasses. Pretty solid beer.