bookman10 (1179) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Pours a wan brown color, almost the color of mud, with a smallish head. Aroma of malt and roasted grain. Some citrus and pine hops flavor, mixed together with the malt and the roast grain. Almost some burnt toast in the mix there at times. Not my favorite black IPA, but worth a try. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Draft. Black pour with tan head. Flavor and aroma dominated by hop presence, pine and citrus. Baltic porter may be hiding. SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark fluffy brown color with a small tan head head. Nose is roasted malts, piney hops, dough, light citrus. Palate is chewy and full, light refreshness, stingy tongue, sticky palate. Flavors of piney and citrus hops with roasted malts and light chocolate notes. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
500. Pours black with a dense and sudsy tan head that leaves tons of eggy lace and sticks around for quite a while. Mild carbonic nose. Watery medium body with soft carb. Dark roasty mid-palate with ashy overtones. Mild resiny finish. Not bad, but needs a lot more presence. freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Pours dark brown with tan head. The aroma is delicious, lemony pineapple with berries and some soft flowers. The taste is good but a bit too strange of a mix between the citrusy hay like hops and the rich roasted grains (which are the better half). It works but would have been awesome as just a Baltic porter, -the ipa. The aftertaste is lighter but still busy with a bitter roasted flavor dueling with the floral hop character, the grain wins that fight as well. Still this is much better than most of what Sam Adams does.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2012
snatched a bottle and enjoyed it slowly at home. dark black lager that is a clear deep brown int he light and topped with a sustained tan head. Aroma is hop forward with dried flowers and some light citrus zest. Taste is bitter with some chocolate cookie dough. The bitter lingers hard for my taste. dry palate. lil roasty aftertaste as well. little heavier on hops and not enough malt for my taste in black ipa’s DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle sample at a Samuel Adams tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Dark brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of citric hops and some malt. Sweetish malty flavor, a bit roasty, with citric hops and moderate bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied. SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 18, 2012
bottle. clear but dark, almost black, with a small, stable, creamy, tan head. aroma is nice and a little different for this style with burnt brownies, purple grapes and a subdued floral hop scent. not getting any huge citrus or pine from the hops(which is a very good thing in this style imo). my nose is correct. this black ipa leaves the malts to do the talking. lots of fudgy brownie notes with caramel and chocolate chips. the hops flavor adds a light bitterness without any nasty pine or unwelcome strong ctirus flavors, but you can still tell it’s of the black ipa style. creamy and full bodied. the head lasts throughout the beer. well done! Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Not bad, but this beer didn’t really work for me. I love black IPAs and I love Baltic porters, but I don’t like them merged together, especially with an odd, iron/metallic off-flavor. What I did like was it’s deep, red-brown hue and long-lasting head; its earthy-roasty nose; its soft and smooth texture; and its hint of lactic sourness far in the background. Overall, it was drinkable, but I thought it had an odd combination of flavors. And it seemed more like an awkward schwarzbier than a "Baltic IPA." Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
This beer is complex with lots of strong hoppy bitterness and black toasted malts. its has medium thick mouth feel with lots of character and touch of very mild dark fruit.