aleph (231) - - APR 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dale. Poured blackish brown, tan head. Hops, strong malts, fresh pine, high citrus notes, hardly any roast, alcohol well hidden, dry and bitter. soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a small thick tan head, much darker than I expected for a black IPA. Smells of fresh citrus, hops, some malt, andd more citrus. It smells like an IPA, looks like a stout (confusing beer so far). Taste is full of citrus, hops, but adds in stout like characteristics with some roasted coffee, nuts, and chocolate. Decent body to it too, with a pleasant aftertaste. Very impressive beer, wish it would be around more often! Krej (224) - USA - FEB 24, 2015
Very good. Smells like chocolate a little and is very malty. Not very happy which is great for an imperial black ale. I love it. TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours black, with a fairly thick dark brown head. Aroma is fairly malty - toasted notes, coffee, and a bit of chocolate, with a hint of hops. The flavor is much more hop-forward. A lot of strong flavors - the beer has the body of a strong porter or imperial stout (coffee, chocolate, cereal), but balanced nicely with floral and grassy hops. It works pretty well all together, making for an intriguing and tasty beer. yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
perhaps not quite what I was expecting. Pours black with moderate head. Nose is nice (floral from the hops, perhaps a hint of chocolate/tobacco). I found the taste be nice with more of the roastiness and chocolate coming through to battle with the hops The mouthfeel was more watery than I was expecting. For A 10% plus beer it didn’t quite live up to a sipper beer but I would still say it was a good beer and would not be opposed to trying it again.
Jlo7399 (218) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 Rating this one before my boy juice just to say I did before he could. Pours black with thick tan head. Aroma is hoppy with some chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is roasty with some nice chocolate notes that moves into a more hoppy zip that is expected due to what it is. Very balanced and delicious...take that juicy boy. Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Absolutely beautiful beer. Thick, rich, oily - frothy brown head. Initial smell didn't give me much, but that first sip spoke volumes.....and once you get that first taste, the aroma opens up and becomes wonderfully fragrant with an abundance of hops and yeast. Insanely rich, with massive hop flavor. Not like the black IPAs that are hoppy for a dark beer...this beer is hoppy for an imperial IPA....but with that full body and rich roastiness you get from a darker beer...even finishing with some coffee and maybe a little bit of cocoa. I'm so angry this is an anniversary beer. I want to have one every day. nwiseman (204) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2011
On tap at the Black Sparrow. Pours black with a dark tan head (friend though it was an imperial stout). Floral aroma with bright fruits. Taste of sweet pineapple, dark chocolate, warm malt, and slight hop bitterness. Good carbonation, but silky, with a warm, slightly bitter finish. I thought I would taste more hops, but this was better than anything I was expecting. socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
The appearance is a dark black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of coffee and vanilla notes that is balanced by the hops. The taste is very similar to the nose. It has bitter notes, but it is tough to tell whether it is from the hops or the coffee taste. I know its from the hops but I mean this beer is dark and the malt is almost overwhelming.