kermis (14494) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Tasting at beer temple. Black pour with medium tan head. Grapefruit, hop aroma. Flavour is grassy hops, grapefruit and a little grapefruit. Amazing! HenrikSoegaard (14480) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle. Creamy off-white good fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy hoppy and moderate malty aroma. Heavy bitter flavor. Some chocolate notes. long heavy bitter fnish. Creamy palate. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2007
(22oz bottle) Large beige head atop clear, red-dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, floral, some pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, some earthy, chocolate, light caramel. Smooth medium-full body, very resinous. Yummy! Drake (14062) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Dark IPA, huh? 22 oz. bottle from my Secret Santa. Thanks! Viscous chocolate brown piour with a medium head. Pine and citrus hop aroma. A hint of chocolate maltiness. Very fascinating taste. A big hop profile, citrus, pine, with a rich maltiness. Full body. Very nice. Christian (13809) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Black with an off-white head. Huge hoppy aroma of peach and oranges. Fruity and resinous hop flavour - quite sweet and quite bitter. Licorice notes and a slightly roast finish
crossovert (13747) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
650ml bomber bottle. best by 06/29/10.
Pours a dense dark brown/black with hints of ruby when held to light and a foamy, long lasting tan head. It is a bit of an ambiguous color, it looks like a stout.
It smells sweet and hoppy, but it isn’t that fragrant.
The taste is bitter and hoppy, with some slight coffee character. It is slightly metallic as well. The hops are piney and mix with the metallicness to create a flavor im not too keen on.
The so called black IPAs seem to be more gimmicks than anything, it seems like no brewers have taken the time to make the perfect recipe for it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-02-2010 00:46:54 BeerandBlues2 (13719) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle shared with chadzter. Pours dark brown with an average, frothy, light brown head, lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel, cookie), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine, spruce), light yeast (dough) with notes of light alcohol. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and heavy bitterness. bierkoning (13614) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Lemon, grapefruit and red berries in the somewhat green aroma, with hints of caramel and maple syrup. Firm oily hopbitter flavor with grapefruit, berries, bitter walnuts and caramel. Some maltiness shimmering through. Long oily hopbitter aftertaste, earthy and woody. Not perfectly balanced, but a very big and tasty beer.
A later tasting @ jbrus’s place showed blackcurrant notes, tannines, and assam tea. Dogbrick (13554) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 On draught at Vintage Estates in Boardman (1 of 7 kegs in the state I understand). Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium and lasting tan head. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a cross between an Imperial IPA and a roasty Porter. Loads of citrusy hops in the nose, with a full roasted malt undertone. Other aromas like pine and toffee are present as well. Rich and bitter with a full array of citrusy and piney hops flavors. Toasted malt and chocolate flavors are found too. Slow alcohol burn through it all. The finish is long and bitter with a tasty grapefruit hops finish. Excellent overall. Once again Stone manages to do something unique and enjoyable. Rune (13382) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2015
One-third sample, keg at The 23 Club. Near black coloured body. Fair fawn-coloured head, mostly remaining. Smell of mid-sweet vanilla, dark fruits and grainy malts. Rich taste profile of vanilla chocolate, coffee and liquorice followed by dark fruity bitterness to a prolonged ending. Smooth and warming on the swallow. Full bodied. Delicious (Liverpool 31.01.2015).