crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Decent black ipa, smooth with cocoa notes, dark brown pour, medium to low bitterness. hopdog (12549) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
On tap at the Blue Dog, PA. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Chocolate, roasty, pine, and earth. Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Spot on black IPA, emphasizing the roast and yet still citrus hop supporting it. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Not the best black IPA I have had, still well crafted and worth trying. Dry finish. j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle around my sisters pool out of a big ol’ plastic cup on the fourth of July. Pours a clear brown with a medium sized beige head. Big roast and cocoa on the nose, soft earthy hops. Chocolate, cocoa. Medium bodied, roast and cocoa, long roast. Chocolate and soft grapefruit bitterness. Tasty. shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle (courtesy of jtclockwork). Chocolate malt and orange peel aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet cocoa malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Body a bit light. Not bad.
DocLock (10689) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle and draft at Capone’s. Pours hazy deep blackish with clingy tan head. Nose is very piney hoppy, with black patent malt, cacao. Tastes resiny hoppy, with notes of roasty black malt, cacao, and a roasty finish. alexsdad06 (10430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark cola brown color with a large, lasting khaki head. The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and some resiny hops. The flavor has some dark malts, but not very roasted, thin black coffee and resiny hops that seem a bit green. I wish the flavor followed the nose. This is a touch thin and missing some of the roasted qualities that make this style work. jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
2013-04-29. Mahogany tinged black body, nice creamy tan head. Aroma is mild, light dusty malt with mild leafy green hop character. Flavour is pleasant, modest dry malt, light leafy green hops. Earthy leafy hops linger in the finish. Very smooth average bodied palate, pleasant soft carbonation. Enjoyable, surprisingly mild for a black IPA but quite drinkable. On tap at Farmhouse, Burlington KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle. Orange, mint, pine, chocolate and some coffee in the nose. Cloudy matte black color. Flavors of pine resin, coffee, roast, some smoke. Decent, not all that sweet. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and their very dark chocolate allusions are met by coniferous hops every inch of the way, moving into a lengthy bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the darkness.
-The spiciness of roasted black sesame is hallucinated.
-Malts also develop coffee angles.
-There is some fruitiness on the edges.
-This is a very flavorful Black IPA and a nice testament to Greg Noonan’s amiability and character.