thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2016 durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the great Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a soft light tan head and good lacing. Nose is more roasty malt than hops, though some light pine and orange peel notes make their way through. Taste adds hop bitterness, but this is definitely more of a malt-forward black IPA than some, for the better.
From notes. This is a really enjoyable black IPA. It might not be the most intense, but it’s strength is in its balance. It’s a very nice IPA with some firm hop bite and a bit of pine and citrus aroma, but it has just enough roasted barley flavor to remind you that it’s definitely a distinct style from traditional IPA. 60minuteman (1765) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Sampled at AOT Wilmington. Poured a black almost brown. One finger white head. Aroma of roasted malt and hop, wheat and coffee. Smooth character, medium bitterness, clean palate. Still roasted character. PartyFowle (954) - - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle. This beer was named in memory of Greg Noonan, one of the co-creators of the first black IPA and an influential dude in the New England beer community. The beer’s dead black at the thicker parts of the glass; clearer milk chocolate hues at the the thinner parts. One full inch of sticky, marshmallow-fluff tan foam sits atop. Enticing aroma. A background of smooth cocoa is accented by notes of orange peel, anise, sweet lactose and chocolate-covered pomegranate. More porter than black IPA, I think. Roast is big, with a flavor of burnt wheat bread. Orange peel, fresh grass and a touch of pine make up the hoppy side. The finish is mostly malt, and very dry. Crazy-balanced. Nice body, medium and velvet-smooth, almost creamy. Moderate carbonation prickles the tongue and breaks the brew into a few soapy bubbles. Bitterness is noticeable, but not out of line. Tasty. grundsow (141) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Excellent beer! Bitter, roasted malt coupled with prominent bitter hops. Just delicious, a great style. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and fruity hops. Taste is a nice balance of roasted malt and hops. One of the best black ipa’s in my opinion. Great lacing shown on each sip.
Finhead (1816) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
A nearly, black pour with a tan head and some sediment. The aroma has pine and lemon with a hint caramel. It has a medium body with somewhat slick texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bitter with a roasted finish. hfmejias (1297) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark brown with a nice tan foamy head and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Taste of grassy hops over some roasted malts, some cocoa and coffee notes. Nice beer enjoyable and drinkable. Ron (4186) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. 1st pour went a little too fast I guess. It was 80% thick tan head. Took a bit to regress to the a dark opaque brown with a thick tan lacing clinging to the sides. Aroma of hops intermingled with roasted malts. Taste almost exactly the same as the nose but the malts taste almost burnt and lingering bitterness. Goodgrief (2059) - 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. KyotoLefty (10694) - 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.