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. superspak (6232) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2013
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 1/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, orange zest, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, orange rind, and floral hops. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, orange rind, cocoa, light char, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, pine, citrus zest, cocoa, char, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial Black IPA. Great balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering as expected. back (2266) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2013
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Cremet livlig rxeight (3337) - Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2014
Extra from Brandon. Thanks man. I used to be a big black IPA fan. But lately they have gotten boring. Kinda hoppy, too much rye. All similar. But every once in a while you get woken up, and this was it. Lots of chocolate malt that perfectly blends with a nice helping of pine hops. The body is a touch thicker and creamier than most of this style and abv but works great. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
I am very hit or miss with black IPAs but this one shown through. It takes the best aspects of an IPA and a porter and melds them together. Malty, roasty, hoppy and bitter all at once. Really good.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Courtesy of northernbrewsrumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, citrus hops, and tropical fruits. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights. It has a one finger tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring round the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and light fruit. The finish has moderate citrus hops and roasted coffee. It’s light medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall...it’s the first Black IPA that I’ve had that has managed to get tropical fruits in the flavor. It’s very tasty, but it comes across more like a hoppy Porter.
bottle. i’ve had plenty of black ipas, but this is different. this is a hoppy stout. thick black stout. huge hops struggle to make it through, but in the end succeed. very nice. bpar73 (1199) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2013
On tap at Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen. Black pour with a tan head. Citrusy hops and a roasted chocolate flavor. Not overly bitter, a very nice Black IPA. Rasmus40 (22173) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 130513 Bov (13354) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 25, 2013
from Erzbierschof - almost black beer with a long lasting beige foam; aroma of black cherries, roasted malt, black chocolate and vanilla; full-bodied, tasty and solidly bitter; dry and long bitter hoppy finish with more notes of dark fruits and chocolate