DrinkinWell (389) - - MAR 24, 2014
Pours dark black with caramel colored head and thick lacing. Roasted, bready aromas. Hoppy bitterness with notes of oak, coffee, roasted malts. Not as great as others seem to suggest. It’s ok. PorterPounder (8357) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Tallahasse, Fl. - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Viscous, tar black pour, bubbly mocha colored head, sticky lace. Eggy aroma, some roasted notes. Chocolate, creosote, some roastiness in the flavor, some light citrsu bitterness come through in the finish. More malty than bitter. Thick Mouthfeel. Overall, a solid Black IPA..
Aurelius (5652) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bright AIPA aroma mixed with doughy and roast notes - some cocoa, some blackstrap, some dark fruitiness. A viscous-looking pour, big clingy khaki head. Standard longneck, fair label. Assertively acidic, grassy tones over roast. Buffered cocoa. Long coffee-pine finish that lays bitter on the top of the tongue. A buffered/chalky mouthfeel at first that trims the points off a bristling carbonation and bittering. Black IPA’s aren’t my bag, but this was probably more enjoyable than most. New Leaf Market. ContemplateBeer (2097) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma: Moderate pine meets a respectable dark chocolate/roasted malt backbone; a little citrus creeps in under the radar. Appearance: Unfiltered jet black with a big, billowy mocha head that settles into a rocky cap. Flavor: Piney/slight citrus hops pave the way for a mid-palate that yields a bit more to chocolate/light roast; the pine re-establishes it’s dominance toward the finish; leaving a lingering bitterness. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Put me on the boat with those who don’t dig this style overall, but this is a good representation. Frank (4256) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
This is along the lines of a big, hoppy porter. It pours a nice deep garnet brown w/ an off-white and long lasting head of mixed, foamy bubbles. This is definitely a hop forward brew but there are definitely some roasted grain notes lurking in there amidst the piny hops. It is quite dry and a touch of bitterness helps bring out some coffee notes from the grain used. A bit of astringency lingers on the tongue to finish along w/ a slight ashy note. This will definitely satisfy those who like dark, hoppy brews.
tmoreau (4739) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a black/brown color, with a frothy tan layer of head foam that expeditiously diminished to a ring & film, and left some etched-like lacing on the glass. The nose was roasted, with more malt, and chocolate expression than hop. The flavor continued an average roasted presence, and offered a lingering, earthy hop bitterness, that was somewhat citrusy, but more resin & grass. Still a decent & drinkable, Black IPA. JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2014
On tap at World of Beer Easton on 3/11/14. Clear dark brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt and chocolate along with piney and grassy hops. Flavor starts with piney hops, then moves to a bit of citrus before a chocolate malt finish. osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours dark brown/black with a long lasting tan head. Aroma of light roasted malt and citrus hops. Flavor of roasted malts, floral and citrus hops, chocolate with quite a bit of bitterness at the finish. Lowe1983 (1656) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of citrus hops, caramel and slight chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is strong up front of the chocolate and roasted malts. Has a decent, bitter finish as well from the citrus hops. Schlaubee (16) - - MAR 14, 2014
Black IPAs - all the wonderful flavors typical of porters and stouts, all the hoppy goodness of IPAs. Apparently this is a limited release made in honor of the inventor of this fantastic amalgamation. Awesome, but now I feel a little like I’ve wasted this beer because it was my second of the evening and maybe I wasn’t "properly" paying attention while drinking it. On the other hand, what is better than enjoying an engaging conversation with a friend while drinking a delicious beer, and not vice versa?