Tmoney99 (15116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Draft. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer and hides the alcohol well.
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bomber from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a pitch black color with a large frothy brown head. Good head retention. Big hoppy aroma. Bitter and herbal. Some roasted malts and a bit of sweet malts. The taste is big floral, resin, pine and herbal hop notes. Strong roasted malts and caramel. Full bodied. Decent. Dogbrick (14301) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Pours brownish-black with a medium thick and lasting tan head. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with notes of malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, coffee, herbal hops and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is burnt malt up front with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Above average overall. Lubiere (14240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
A dark brown head with a thin brown head. In aroma, meaty chocolate with piney hops, iodin, meaty character, very nice. In mouth, a smooth chocolate with herbal piney hops, licorice and alcohol warmth, very nice. When did the ticker the beer. crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Just a retarded idea imo to have a black ipa as your 15th anniversary brew. I bought this cause I found it for 6 bucks which isn’t a bad deal on a brew of this "rarity" i guess.
It pours a nice color, a thick, inky blackish brown with a creamy tan head that leaves a thick coating of lacing.
It smells like a package of the tropical starburst mixed with tootsie rolls. Some might like it but i think it reeks of a poorly thought out recipe.
The flavor is really well, all over the place. There is some coffee notes, some indecipherable hop notes, odd sweetness, moderate bitterness.
This beer is just a mish mash of junk really. Re-do you recipe and actually think before you brew.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Draft. Black body with brown edge, tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cocoa, some roast/coffee, lactose, light licorice. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, grapefruit, cocoa, lactose, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, light acidity. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle shared bt sonnycheeba. Pours opaque with an average, frothy brown head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast and dark chocolate, raisins, plums, licorice and light smoke with pines and floral hops. Flavor is dark chocolate and roast malt with dark fruits and moderate hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, warmth, and carbonation. j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep jet black with a huge dense tan head, looks like an awesome imperial stout. Huge roast, chocolate, light citrus, big earthy hops, caramel. Medium to thick bodied, loads of roast, big chocolate, touches of anise. Bakers chocolate, pudding, earthy gritty hops. Long quinine and earthy grapefruit. Very nice. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with dense long lasting brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, citrus, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, earth, and pine with a dry, bitter finish. slowrunner77 (13204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2016 "holy hell this is good stuff. a hopheads delight. a dark, black bastard child of Stone 13 and all it’s dark spicy goodness and Sublimely Self Righteous, the best black IPA out there. Bigger in body, with a huge roasted malt, and spicy grapefruity hop assault in the aroma followed by more of the same in the flavor. big beer all around, skip it if you’re in the mood for subtle. this may hold for a bit, but the fresher the better."