JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2009
Very deep dark black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is pretty awesome. Big bright citrus aroma. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple and a fairly sweet rich malty nose as well.. The nose is fairly simple with just a suggestion of sweet toasted malt. I do get loads of rich bright hops and as it begins to warm up, the deeper cocoa and molasses notes begin to pop up from the back. Flavour has a lovely balance of sweet bright citrus, tropical fruit, mango and chewy molasses maltiness. I can’t say I get a whole lot of roastiness, but there is a deep sweet chocolate character. This is the best of the these new dark IPAs I’ve come across. Sublime, really. jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Deep mahogany pour with a small fluffy off-white head. Strong aroma of sweet fruity esters, mocha, pine, and some lactic vanilla notes. Flavor is sweet and creamy upfront with lactic sugar and vanilla that quickly give way to a creamy bitterness mid-palate through the finish. Lots of piny wood notes, and an overall earthiness. Palate is medium bodied, and somewhat creamy, but with an almost stinging bitterness from the hops and alcohol. Well balanced and very easy drinking gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Black with a cappuccino flavored, thick head. Roasted malts, brown sugar, slightly lactic, chocolates, coffee and caramel aromas. Slightly spicy hops in the background. Really smooth palate. Tastes of toasted malt, chocolate, spicy hops, chicory, and pine. Well balanced Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Had a little white wine with my chicken cacciatore birthday dinner. I needed something dark and bold to follow this up. I went with this beer. Perfect choice. Dark pour, hugely dark with 2 finger head. Lacing all over the glass. Beautiful. A hugely hoppy aroma. Before even a sip, I was anticipating greatness. I was not dissapointed. Thick chalky chocolate, caramel malts just punched in the face by a piney hopped bully. The flavors were almost perfectly balanced. I loved it! brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2009
One of the best new beers I have tasted this year. Aroma has changed on me as it warmed. Upon opening the bottle,I got the huge rush of fresh hopshuge and satisfying,with just enough chocolate malt that if you were blindfolded you would know this could not be a pale ale. As this warmed,that chocolate brownie mix aroma began to dominate ,always with the hops giving occasional blasts,taste is a very flavorful Chocolate syrup / maybe some bakers bitter chocolate,a hint of anise in finish,and the rich hopping just flowing through the whole mixture. It is absolutely the best of both(malt,hops) worlds. You can tell there is a high ABV,but you really can’t taste it All these wonderful flavors ,this strange dark color,what does it mean grasshopper?Absolutely amazing. Again ,you come into a new year with 1300+ ratings and you think you can’t taste anything really new,but the brewers always prove you wrong
williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
The appearance is still, black liquid. Thin head that goes down quick. Does leave behind some nice specks of white lace.
The smell is citrusy, sweet hops, over a roasted but caramel-laden malt. Coffee and mocha. Hops are sweet, malt is dark and bitter.
The taste is a comination of the heavily roasted taste of burnt, stout-like malt. The two flavors battle it out for supremacy. The hops win the early rounds; malts remain on the back of the tongue.
The mouthfeel is thick, oily, buttery. Very heavily bodied. This beer is strong and challenging, but bursting with flavor. A superior beer. Similar in style/flavor to Stone XI Anniversary ale. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Great brew. The ’black’ IPA is still a mystery to me. Has some hops, looks like a stout, drinks very smooth. This brew has a nice roasted malt taste with an understated hops kick,. Subtle hops would be a good description. To me it tastes like a hoppy stout. Either way you look at it...its good. Worth a try.
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Wow, this brew is all over the place, but in a good way! Pours dark brown with a whispy off-white head. I could smell this beer all day and not get sick of it. The combination of hops/malt aroma is a great balance. Initially tastes like sweet molasses and fades into a hoppy bitter black licorice finish. Would drink again and again! SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Opaque black, dense tan head, oily full body, medium carbonation.Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2011
Aroma: sweet charred malt, dark fruit, caramel, juicy leafy citrusy hops, sweet dark bread.
Taste: caramel malt, fresh juicy citrusy hops, charred black malt.
Great double ipa malt and hop profile, with an assertive, but not overbearing or bitter, black malt note weaving in and out through the other flavors. Though not overpowering, i feel that the "black" detracts from, rather than enhances, the underlying ipa.
Aroma of dark fruits chocolate and pine. Appears black with a large thick head. Tastes of chocolate, ginger and dates. This is downright gulpable.