dwyerpg (6297) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 29, 2012
A pretty solid initial aroma and flavor, reminiscent of an Imperial Stout. The flavor is where you first get the hops. It starts out with the heaviness of a stout as well, but the finish is more bitter and lighter. A pretty good beer, esp. for only 6.5% hayduke (5580) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. From a 22-oz bomber this poured a near black with simply huge gray head, with gigantic bubbles. Amazing head retention. Nice hoppy nose with pine, citrus, flowers, and kiwi for strawberry - The flavor is bright hop - kiwi -citrus - pine. Finish is long and complex with a good mix of roasted malts and the fruit. Bitteness as well. This is a simply superb brew. Ibrew2or3 (8748) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2012
22oz bomber pours dark mahogany with an inch tall densely cobweby mocha colored head. The aroma offers up a pleasing mix of pine hops, dank earthy hops and spicy hops. This has a promising start. The taste, luckily, is similar with dank to pine to spicy earthy hop goodness where there’s slivers of citrus like hops in there somewhere too. This has nice rich flavors with loads of bitter hops and plenty of flavor hops as well as a mild degree of malt roastiness to balance it out a tad. Excellent stuff. bhensonb (15514) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Nice hoppy aroma - seems resiny. Opaque blackish color with a decent dark tan head. The flavor is bright hop - kiwi -citrus - pine. Maybe it is mostly citrus? Definitely not grapefruit. The afterflavor seems kiwi, almost strawberry. The malt is very darkly toasted. There is a light sweetness, but the finish is dry, and that fruity, hoppy bitter carries on and on. Thre’s flat lacing as the glass empties. After awhile that old Guinness toast flavor accumulates to offset the hop a bit. The flavors shift with time. My tongue was strongly stimulated on the top service. Wonderful stuff. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Nice. Perhaps not roasty enough. I’m getting the hops, but prefer more maltiness in this style. But that’s a nit.
marcus (10493) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle from Corti Bros. Pours jet black with a rich tan head and a citrus and treacle aroma. There is a complex flavor with elements of molasses, nutty dark malt and a piny hop finish. Interesting and tasty. thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Poured from the bottle into a shaker. Aroma is of hops, citrus hops. Flavor takes the "dark side"of this black ipa on that it is almost pure roast flavors, coffee, somebitterness. Overall well balance with the roast and hops. Really really good example of a black ipa. J_man (1017) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours black as night with a beautiful garnet tinge under a bright light. Topped with a rocky, foamy medium tan head, the aromas are charred wood and chocolate with a bit of a vegetal note. Those follow through in the taste with a touch of molasses and licorice. The body is quite dry with a bitterness that seems partly hops and partly charred grain. A citrus/grapefruit bitterness finally reveals itself as the beer warms. Washes out nice and dry with residual char and light bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is on the light side for a Black IPA, but the way this is constructed it is perfectly appropriate. Very tasty! Strykzone (7491) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bomber from Hayduke. We enjoyed a bottle together via facebook chat. This had a huge tan head that took some time to fade. I poured 4 times into my 12 oz. tulip and each required patience. The beer is pretty much black. Thick lacing remains. The nose is citrus hops that say West Coast hops. First sip is chocolate and roasted malts with those hops right behind. The hops lit up my mouth with delightful brightness. Hope were citrus dominated but their bitterness was moderate at most. On occasion some biscuit was tasted and there was a hint of cardboard. A fun thing with this beer was the changes that popped up out of nowhere. This has to be my favorite from this style. A very tasty beer and a fun one to drink. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle from K&B. Deep brown, almost black with a creamy beige head that left behind some nice lacing. Nice piny hop nose with a good amount of roasted malts in the for and back ground. Roasty on the palate with lite - medium hop bitterness in the finish.