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. Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
The aroma is mostly coffee with some floral notes. The beer pours a opaque black with a thick tan head. The taste is of strong bitter coffee with some light floral hops. Clean and good. A delicious take on a beer that is mostly stout with a strong hop bitterness. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pours medium dirty motor oil black brown with a quick khaki head that dissipates to a wispy film and tight collar. Aroma is rich roasted burnt malt with a little coco and coffee grounds and dark fruit and hops. Taste is bitter and earthy floral hops with more rich chocolatey malt and coffee notes. Palate is full and piercing bitterness that ends chalky and dry. Very nice, very close to being a hop forward complex imperial stout, non the less very nice! thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2012
2010 Vintage. Served from tap at the brewery release party into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a massively dark brown almost black with a one and a half finger light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and subtle bitter hops. The flavor was of roasted malt, subtle bitter hop that intensified upon swallowing, and very slight chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nicely balanced Black IPA. With this one being as fresh as possible the hop character is in full bloom right now. The aroma on this one was quite nice and had a good flavor to follow it up. This one is a must try if you are a fan of the style. 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!
Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2015
This is more like an imperial stout than a dark ipa... I’m not complaining--It’s got a rich roasty aroma. Taste is an entire bar of dark chocolate with hits of citrusy goodness (almost acidic like dark chocolate). Finish is only somewhat bitter...certainly more of a get you on stage item rather than the whole showcase... hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Pours very black with a tan head. Nose of dark burnt malt, chocolate and floral hops. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, burnt malt, coffee, and floral and citrus hops. Finishes with a lot of bitter chocolate. Really good stuff.