mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2013
bottle. pours jet black with massive tan mahogany head. big roasted chocolate hop. taste is massive grassy hops with underlying chocolate and toffee damn fine beer. bigtaster (1038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
From bottle, pours black with tan head. Grapefruit mixed with milk chocolate, very unique nose. Medium body, starts out sweet and then balances out with hop bitterness and fruity notes. BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle - thanks Folty! Wow, this is dynamite! Super dark and pretty dense pour with a frothy head. Lots of sharp citrus hop with a nice roasty backbone. Stellar. jesperhammer (5017) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 25, 2013
25-APR-2013, bottle @home, from Ølbutikken.
Black with high, lasting, creamy, light brown head.
Wonderfull roast and hops. Coffee, grape fruit, pine. Taste the same. Very bitter. Full body for a black ipa. Long aftertaste. Realle nice drink.
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On draft at HopCat in East Lansing. Pours a light black with a thin head. Doesn’t leave a whole lot of lacing. The aroma it full of roasted barley with a hint of bitterness and citrus. The taste is definitely bitter, a little more than I was expecting. The citrus comes through on the swallow and the mouth feel at the end goes dry, just like a good IPA should.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Had on-tap at BoatWorks and served in a shaker pint.
Appearance: Black. Finger of dark brown head. Great lacing, (4/5)
Smell: Excellent mix of hops and roasted malt... fruity and earthy hops one whiff, roastiness the next. Really nice stuff that I like. Doesn’t blow me away, but great balance for the style. (3.75/5)
Taste/feel: On point. Excellent. Phenomenal blend of sweetness and bitterness that make this a brew to remember. Again, plenty of nice hoppiness coupled with chocolate and roastiness. Could you ask for much more? The brew is also nice and full in feel with a medium carbonation. Very nice. (4.25/5, 4.5/5)
Excellent beer. Definitely one of the very best I’ve had from the style. Great balance. Doesn’t favor the hops nor the roast. I really like this brew.
4.25/5 ebone1988 (2237) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Aroma is roasted malt, earthy hops, smoke, pine, tropical fruit, coffee, chocolate, bodacious. Appearance is dark dark brown, light brown head, a beauty. Taste is roasted malt, earthy hops, lots of pine, coffee and chocolate at the end, really really good. Mouthfeel is thick like a porter, medium to heavy body, light soft carbonation, lots of roasted malt in the aftertaste. Overall, this one drinks a lot like a hoppier version of Founders Porter, really solid stuff. jgb9348 (6590) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with an almost fully opaque black glow along with some lighter brown when held at an angle, all with a nice, and easy-going three centimetre tall rich brown head on top. About 90% opaque and very nice! Full-bodied; Very rich hoppy flavour at first with a dose of resin, pine and herbs at first with a huge malt backbone, bunches of roast and a dose of caramelised sugars that makes this very complex throughout. Aftertaste is almost all roasted malt, with some lactose, alcohol, vanilla, cream, bright grassy and resinous hops and a dose of resin on the end - very nice and incredibly potent. Overall, seemingly more alcohol than 9,00% and definitely not a ’Black IPA’, this should be categorised as a Baltic Porter, as if you had this in a blind test, you’d say its more of Okocim Porter (with extra hops) than most ’average’ Black IPAs. That said, it’s a great beer, that I’m happy to drink [relatively] fresh and get from my home state. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Grape Vine in Sterling Heights, Michigan on 09-December-2016 for US$2,99 sampled at home in Washington on 11-May-2017. mrjaxson (631) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2017
Lots of surprises in a bottle of GB. Much larger malt bill than expected with a big aroma of chocolate, knotty pine and cherries. Finish is a collection of bitter and chocolate and then earthiness that seems like the knotty pine in the aroma was tossed in a blender and spread out over my throat. And then dryness. Really enjoyable. bwa5879 (962) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Dark black pour into shaker. Tall medium brown head. Nice sweet aroma. The hops are evident as well. A bit of hoppy flavor, a lot of coffee Overtones. Slightly bitter aftertaste but lots of coffee flavor. Good bitter black IPA. Slightly hoppy, a little malty, LOTS of coffee. Pretty unique black IPA.