Swamp_Thing (53) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Looks good, chocolate aroma. Orange sweet malty taste with bitter hops taking charge in the middle and finish. Lingering hops and sticky sweet caramel notes. bubbleflubber (2231) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Dark, deepest cola pour with an eggshell head that leaves spotty lacing. The nose is lemon and a soapy "sweet clean". Flavors are of licorice, pine, caramel and finishes with a resinous, deep piney bitter. The body is medium, with easy drinkability that is very complex and fully substantial. This Black IPA is interesting, hoppy and herbal. Nice job. fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2014
A dark red beer with a small tan head. The aroma is citrus and floral hops. The flavor is bitter, floral, and a little caramel. I just like more pronounced roasted and smoky malt in my black ipas. Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Citrus, pine hop aroma with roast. Black, clear appearance with a tan head with good head retention. Hop bitterness is high. With citrus, pine hop flavors with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and chalk. Esters are medium. Body is medium with medium carbonation. Roast and hop bitterness leads to a chalky dryness. Roast astringency is present but correct. Overall, is a hoppy, bitter roasty beer. More like an American stout than a black ipa.
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When I first got this draft I was thinking it was more like a spicy beer in aroma and flavor. Then as I realized it was supposed tot be a black ipa, I did start to notice some hop backbone in there. Definitely a darker beer but it has some more mild spiced attributes about it aura.
mansquito (6706) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Half Pint, NYC tap: Pours black with a greyish, creamy head. Aroma is lemon, coffee, chocolate, and hints of pine. Taste is prototypically that of a Black IPA. Seamless convergence of the citrus and chocolate that leaves a somewhat discordant, but pleasant aftertaste. Definitely has a somewhat herbal character at that point. Well put together. jrob21 (3760) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2014
On tap at Augustines, RBYC 2014 bar crawl spot #1. Nic ehop aroma. Orange cream sickle. Roasty malt flavor. Bending towards the cocoa and chocolate side of the equation. After the aroma though there is not a big hop flavor profile until it warms up a bit. Sticky orange flavors. Well done black ipa, an admittedly tough style to do. obguthr (6535) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft @ Rocktown 2014: Licorice, lemon zest, charcoal nose. Cola brown, thin beige head. Pine and charcoal flavor, smoke on the back end. Really solid example of the style. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque, brown-black with a 1 to 2-finger tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, toffee and floral hops. Lots of malt and roastiness with plenty of blended in such that the individual hop aromas tend to blend together.
Taste of roasted malt, pine, chocolate, coffee, toffee and grapefruit. Lots roastiness and malt balanced by strong hop flavors.
Medium/light body and medium/high carbonation.
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Nice beer. A mix between a porter and IPA. Roasted, chocolate, molasses and coffee flavors with a hoppy bitterness.