JorgeLee (2091) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Black with a thick white head, looks like a stout. Roasty bitterness, and hop bitterness. Some herbal notes from the hop. Drinks very easily. Extremely tasty. Nice. But unless you’re putting food colouring into a normal IPA there’s still no doubt that this is a hoppy beer using porter/stout malt bill. obguthr (6299) - 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. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Very dark in color with a frothy, big-bubbled, tan head. Sweet and sugary nose. Sharp, dark-grain bite along with some assertive hops. Grassy and rind-like bitterness. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Caramel/Crystal malt sweetness is more than I’d prefer, but it wasn’t bad. Overall, it’s a bold and tasty black IPA. superspak (5505) - Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass; best before 7/23/2014, 6.2%. Pours moderately murky nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice malt driven black IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. Goodgrief (2022) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Dark pour, one finger head with pretty good lacing. Milky aroma with some citrus. The flavor was caramel malts with roast...like a brown ale, almost. Mild citrus hops. Very mild on all fronts, but a nice chalky mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking for a black IPA. Good job.
joergen (27983) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011.
Black coloured with a small beige head.
Roasted aroma of caramel, liquorice and smoke.
Roasted flavour of caramel, liquorice and smoke.
Roasted and smoked finish. cgarvieuk (24230) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2011
cask at GBBF 2011 ... Deep dark brown black ... thin tan head ... chocolate cherry roast ... dry hop nose ... sofyt cherry ... big dry hop ... wooody chocolate ... prickly body ... soft otffee hop anders37 (26194) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2011
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2011. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy licorice aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor with hints of licorice. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish. thornecb (5878) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours black into a tulip. Mocha head with little retention recedes to mottle surface. Vanilla and chocolate aromas. Dry with dark chocolate and resin front to back. Lasting dusty espresso finish. RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2013
Fresh bottle poured into a tulip. Pours deep cola brown/not quite black with a big cream head that’s slow to fade. Aroma is the only downside to this beer. Kind of a muddled metallic thing going on with a bit of citrus and chocolate. Taste is amazing. Totally balanced big citrus, bitter, grassy hops and bittersweet chocolate, coffee and roast. Everything comes together nicely on the tongue and leave a bitter smokiness. Excellent example of the style.