CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Black in color with a fluffy head. The head eventually fades away, but still a very good looking beer. Has a sweet/malt but subtle smoke/roast aroma. A fairly pungent beer. Very sweet flavor with a wonderful roast flavor as well. This reminds me of Port Brewings Old Viscosity - an american strong ale? Good flavors. I thought this was a porter at first. Nice creamy palate (as seems to be the case with all Southern Tier beers). Beers opens up to have a lot of malt sweetness with a bold roast flavor. Pretty good brew, but for me it is a little too sweet. I think I have just had too many ales lately. I might need to cut back to the pale lagers for the time being. smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Deep dark brown color, nearly black; a minimal amount of light will shine through. Great lace (chunky and ringlike after each sip). The head starts off well and seems to hold its shape at the end
Smells like a dark brown ale with a generous amount of hops tossed in. Well balanced with a light chocolate malt aroma mixed in.
Chocolate, cocoa, cream, hops all blended together in beer frappe (thick body, low carbonation). The aftertaste is bitter and lasts for at least fifteen seconds.
Here is a cross between a brown ale and a Double IPA. Delicious and worth seeking out. Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours from a 22 oz bottle very dark brown with a thin, filmy off white head. Aroma is a strong citrus and alcohol mixture, light pine notes later along with a mix of caramel and black malts. Flavor begins with a citrus and pine hops bite, moves into a melding with the black malt and finishes with a light raisin and light nutty flavor with a sharp alcohol ending. Beer feels pretty thin with very fine carbonation. Overall the hops was very noticeable but the thinner feeling of the beer seems to offset the overall balance of the beer making it a one time beer in my mind. imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2009
22oz. Pour is cola brown with a small ring of off white head. Aromas of piney hops, grapefruit, and a hint of caramel. Flavor is full of roasted malts, coco, piney hops, and finishing sweet. Interesting brew and very drinkable. TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle. Opaque, murky dark brown. Short tan head. Aroma is strong citrusy hops, hop resins, soft nuttiness, and dark roasted malt. Taste is strong citrus fruit, resinous hops, pine, light malt notes, soft toffee and cocoa. Body is bitter, oily and medium-full. Carbonation is moderate and rather bubbly on the tongue. Lots of citrusy hops during the finish along with light herbal/mint notes, roasted malt, cocoa, and pine. Basically Un*Earthly with dark malts.
Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bomber courtesy of swolf. Sweet nose and some roasty malts. Black body with tan head. Flavor has a deep roasted nut and roasted grain to it. Also some chocolate notes. Only thing that resembles an ipa is the dry bitters of the alcohol and that is left on the palate. Intriging brew glad I was able to try it. Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2009
this brew pours a deep reddish-brown color with a medium light tan head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and hops plus some toffee. Medium body with flavors of resiny hops, sweet toffee and malt, along with some light chocolate. The finish is roasty and hoppy with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Complex and enjoyable overall. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2009
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark black color with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is lightly hoppy with some mild citrus and licorice notes. Flavor begins with some dark malts and a nice hop balance, dark fruits, licorice, and smoke. Smooth and well balanced with the alcohol well hidden. nimbleprop (8723) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Had a chance to try a pint of this at RFD in Washington D.C. Pours a translucent, slightly watery, black with purple edges and a creamy, thin white head. The menu had this labeled as an "Imperial Black Ale". Uh, ok. . . . Aroma was hoppy, but only mild citrus fruits, a bit smokey, with some roasted malts and cracker. Flavor was nice but sort of all over the place: roasted malts, slight coffee, dark fruits, figs, oranges, light lemon. Finish was medium bodied and sweet. I liked it but I couldn’t really tell you why. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2009
very dark brown with some purply hues- initial smell is that of roast and some smokey bacon- was not that excited at first- then some sweet hop aroma came through- balance in this beer is certainly towards the roast in my opinion- not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting and hoping for- don’t get me wrong, the hops are there, and citric, but not really feeling the black ipa label- more like a stronger american stout.