Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 This stuff is good. Very good. The Black IPA - this is an amazing thing. It’s hopped like Stone IPA. The malts, however, are dark, rich chocolaty malts that battle for your tongue’s attention in the war that is going on in this bottle. The aroma is a fairly typical yeasty dark ale type aroma. The first thing that hits you is the resinous piney flavor of the hops. Then the malts hit your tongue and complete the experience. SECOND ANALYSIS: After 1 and a half years, this stuff still holds up! thedm (6148) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a semi-opaque strongly carbonated dark ruby red brown colored body. The aroma was sweet and caramel malt. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malt hops vinous and dark malt. A wonderful best in class brew. lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Piney smell, frothy head and nice black pour. Good hop notes after 3 months of cellaring. I love the black IPA idea, hops and roast go great together. LOVED IT and i need more. ScoWRee (421) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that disaptes quickly. Aroma of Hops. Taste of hops, hops and hops, a hint of fruit, blueberries.I’m not a hops guy but, this isn’t bad! Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Dark brown with mahogany highlights and a substantial medium-dense light tan head. Gorgeous aroma of bright orange peel, fresh field grass, subtle pine bark and holiday spice. Flavor is full of fresh hops and roasted grain with many of the aroma elements present as well. Sweetness and alcohol are well represented in the body, though in perfect balance, along with excellent bitterness that plays out well throughout the long finish.
dalekliz (922) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle. Opaque dark brown with a tan head that lingers a while. Hoppy aroma, with hints of blueberries and apples. Intense flavor of hops and malt with a bit of dark chocolate. Nicely bitter. Big mouthfeel and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Very tasty. Atlove (41) - USA - JAN 26, 2008
11th Anniversary Ale Pours dark brown, almost black, but with translucence, and a light brown head. No idea what to expect from a ’Black IPA’ but the first sip was overwhelming--both huge roasted malt flavor and huge American hop flavor. The resulting finish was strangely sweet, raisin-like, with lots of alcohol and acidity. Definitely one of the most interesting beers I’ve ever had, and I intend on keeping a couple of these once-brewed beers in store for a later time. Worth a try. illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Dark brown with amber hues. 3 finger light tan cascading head. Excellent retention with thick concentric lacing.
Piney hops. Retrograde exhalation reveals a boozy tinge.
Overriding piney hop flavor with hints of citrus. Faint influence from the dark malt.
Well carbonated. Hops are sharp, bitter, and oily, resulting in a bit of a sticky finish.
Hits pretty hard at 8.7%. Great beer for an extreme hophead. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
Very deep mahogany/amber in colour, long lasting creamy beige coloured head, good lacing. The aroma is quite hoppy, pine, very green, fresh with some alcohol. The flavour is very hoppy, light caramel sweetness, big fruit bit, earthy, a little chalky, some chocolate. Dry, highly bitter mouthfeel, medium/large body, high carbonation. Finishes very dry, lots of hops, long. This is quite aggressive, quite hoppy all the way through, lacking a little balance.
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
650ml bottle obtained in trades with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>kmweaver and <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>JohnnyJ, thank you Ken and Jonathan.
Opened on November 14, 2007.
8oz glass. Served at the brewery, with a light brown head. Very malty taste, with an extreme amount of spice to accent the taste. Very bitter finish, but not as much as I expected.