TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick and foamy tan head. Nose is catty, sweaty, pine and toffee; hints of mocha. Medium to full body, resiny with a buzz and a tingle. Taste is pine, tar, Baker’s chocolate and bitter orange. Not a fan of the style but this is OK. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2011
22. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan stout-like head. Deep thick rings of sedimentary lace coming down the side of the glass. Big toasty bitter chocolate nose. A little more grassy than a big toasty stout nose might be, but, otherwise, this does not seem to lean in an especially hoppy direction in terms of the aromatics. That’s neither here nor there in terms of making the beer "good"--just outlining what’s in the glass. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Roasty, ashy, big charred mid-palate with lots of bitter baking chocolate. Long roasty charred bitter chocolate finish. MmmcKay (1053) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Thick black pour. Even thicker than I would have thought. High alcohol that’s noticable on nose and palate. Roasty burlap. Hoppy as hell. Malty and rich. Big beer. Liked this a lot. Best black IPA ever? drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Poured black with small tan head that faded quick. Smelled like slightly burnt hops tasted slightly sweet with bitter hop aftertaste tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2011
This was nice. Looked like a stout, felt like a stout, and had some nice stout-type notes. Overall, the hops were just too much for me in the end. I almost really enjoyed an IPA. Almost.
JorisPPattyn (10112) - BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
Draught Medium, dark greige head, good lace, over jet-black beer. Coffee, roasted caramel, smelling bitter-dry. Bitter chocolate, peppery, parsley. Woody flavours, and again, chocolate² finish. Well-bodied, quite slick, and viscous. Very good, if not really as dramatically adventurous as the label will make us believe. If you’ve read all that, you’re sober again... TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Tap at 4th ave pub. Poured a creamy black with a thin head. Nose was pretty big hops. Started smooth and hoppy but with huge malts backing. An intense coffee bitterness rides thru the finish, with the hop bitterness battlling back. An interesting but good battle. TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, dense, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong herbal hops, citrus fruit, floral hops and roasted malt. Taste is surprisingly sweet with big herbal and floral hops, light chocolate mint, roasted malt, burnt caramel, citrus notes, and light vanilla. Body is medium-full with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Lingering hop herbalness to this.Ends with more roasted malt, chocolate mint, herbal hops, citrus notes, burnt caramel, and floral notes fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2011
On tap at naja’s pours black, medium tan head. Solid roast and pine aroma. Pretty dank. Flavor is bittersweet cocoa and burnt sugars with lots of juicy pine bitterness drying out the finish. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2011
(22oz bomber) jet black pour, excellent glass coating of fine dark tan bubbles. Nose of huge citrus hops, orange and grapefruit dominate, some dark chocolate but it’s hiding behind huge hops. Taste is pine, grapefruit pulp, ashy, char and alcohol. A bit unbalanced towards the hops I think. Wish there was more roast and huge chocolate. Pretty good still but I like sublimely better overall.