wlajwl (7127) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2017 DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a small off-white head. Great aroma with a mix of sweet coffees, lightly roasted caramel malts, and sweet nectar hops. The flavors don’t mesh quite as well as the aromas. There is a light earthiness from the roasted malts, but the overriding flavor is a slightly bitter citrus hops. The black malt character is an interesting play on the bitter hops, but I’m not sure I get it.
Aroma and flavor is dark malts, pine/grapefruit, slightly coarse and a big bitter/hoppy finish. patricks110 (2715) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2017
Pours a purely black and opaque body with a thin dark beige head. The nose is roasted heavily with big chocolate, light espresso, hop notes seem subdued; floral, light citrus. Big body, no carbonation, bitterness is heavy but shortlived. Big robust malts, dark chocolate, no sweetness. Alot of the bitterness seems to come from the roast. Nice viscosity, heavy and warming, no booze on the finish. Bricks (1153) - Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2017
Smells hoppy, but also boozy and sweet. Lifeless black color, not much head to speak of. Tastes like a hoppy porter.. slightly bitter, but great creamy texture. It’s as good one. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Poured into a snifter. Alengrin (5788) - BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2015
3.25 A: Black color. One finger of beige head. Retention is below average and just a few wisps of lacing are left.
3.5 S: Floral hops with pine and citrus underneath. Pithy grapefruit and clove honey. Earthy with bready malts.
3.75 T: This is a black IPA done well. It’s not overly bitter, indeed, it has just a light bitterness. Good mix of earthy, citrus, floral, and grassiness from the hops. Honey comes through fairly strong despite it not being in the recipe. Bready maltiness with a pleasant spicy finish.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess that makes this super smooth. Alcohol super well hidden.
3.75 D: Very good example of the style.
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DavoleBomb, Sep 26, 2015
Well-known BIPA by New York’s Southern Tier, 65 cl bomber. Thick, moussy, lacing, pale greyish beige head over a very dark chestnut brown beer with rusty hue, approaching black in general appearance. Lovely sweet malty aroma of chocolate sauce, baker’s chocolate, cappuccino, strong caramel, burnt brown bread, cashew nuts, nougat, adorned with a ’high’ hoppy fragrance of blood orange, mango, mandarin peel, green pepper; other impressions include kahlua-like alcohol, a striking liquorice component getting stronger as it warms up, and very ’natural’ iron well-integrated into the whole. I cannot wait to dive into this. The flavour absolutely meets my high expectations: a deep, noble candied sweetness opens with accents of fig, pear and coconut, very light ’deep’ sourishness and mild meaty umami balance this sweetness to perfection. Carbo is soft, mouthfeel very smooth and slick, gliding over the tongue with a notably oily, velvety texture and leaving behind a lovely deep dark maltiness, caramelly, nutty and very chocolatey, with a bitter chocolate- to even mildly coffeeish roasted bitterish touch in the end; peppery hops show up as expected, with lovely retronasal citrus flesh and mango accents, drying and providing enough balance against the chocolate sweetness, but not quite as strongly bittering as I had expected, though a deep earthy spicy bitterness last for a long time after swallowing. A soothing, deeply warming but nowhere burning glow of kahlua- and bourbon-like alcohol ensues and further accentuates the lovely sweet chocolate maltiness sticking in the throat. A bittersweet black beauty, I’d love to taste this younger when the hops still breathe their aromas at full force, but in this somewhat aged form, I suspect this has become a bit more rustic, consolating on a gloomy December day, and in terms of style, almost imperial porter-like (but with thinner, more lean body) - a style I love as much as I love black IPA. Not cheap, but I’m glad I bought this, I will enjoy this to the last drop.
bookman10 (1250) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle received as gift and then promptly spilled about half of it (ugh!). This is a really good black IPA. It pours a very dark, dark brown-black. Aroma of nuts, roasted grain, some hops. Flavor is a great mix of coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, and hops and all combined in a very smooth-drinking beer. Will have to try another of these to make up for losing so much of it to the floor... SeniorZozo (1875) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 17, 2015
Nice color. Aroma of nuts, chocolate, malts. Soo great black Ipa from the states. MarcoDL (5418) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Black pour. Aroma of malt, hop, nuts and roast. Taste of roasted malt, mandarine hop, coffee and passion fruit. Very balanced and very tasty. tfontana (1149) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2015
UPDATED: APR 12, 2015 Bottle from Epsom Circle Market. Aroma is mostly hops and yeast with mild maltiness. Appearance is beautiful, clear, dark dark reddish brown, with 1 finger height beige head, with nice persistent lacing. Taste is more bitter than sweet but is a good balance of both--hoppiness initially and more malty in the long finish. Palate is thick medium-full bodied creamy feel with just about perfect carbonation--maybe a bit to the high side initially, but mellows with time. Overall, nice complexity from the nose to the taste with nice appearance and palate. androman (2877) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2015
650ml bottle at home from de Molen, Bodegraven. Body is dark brown, head is very small, beige, creamy, mostly diminishing, fair lacing. Nose is light citrus, flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, candy sweet, medium roasted malt, berry, spices, light vegetables. Medium sweet, light bitter. Finish is medium lasting fruity, happy, roasty bittersweet, quite hoppy, light alcohol. Full body, dry and sticky texture, soft carbonation. Easy, tasty dessert beer, very complex aroma.