Chudwick (3205) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2012
draft - pours black with tan head and great lacing. Spruce nose and eventually becomes roasty. Balanced taste-wise at first, but quickly dominated by the bitterness. long bitter aftertaste. RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. Super dark brown, just about black with a medium light brown head. Aroma is strong resin hops with a fairly small roasted malt aroma. The stout character is much more present in the taste, lots of coffee, caramel and some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, heavy bitter, dry finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Good beer. BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Smells exactly like it’s name suggests it would. As well, it taste exactly as it’s name suggests. Plus, good. Not great but damn good. It’s full of the bitter and chocolate and coffee and with piney and citrus and blah blah ba frackin’ blah. It’s a real good black IPA. I’d recommend it. essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
Cask at GBBF, 7/8/12. Opaque brown. Aroma - Grapefruit, quite piney, grassy, aromatic spiciness, hops, bit of grape, bit roasty/choc malt. Taste - Very piney, terpene flavours. Grapefruit flavours, but little bitterness. Bit of a spicy tang, but mainly sweetish. Bit choc malt. Good balance of darker, sweet malts & grapefruit, piney & aromatic hops. Body is medium-thick, slightly syrupy, soft. solidfunk (8941) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Exactly what I needed to erase the taste of the Schlitz Gold I just drank. Pours very black with lots of lacing. Smells of hops and roast malt. Lots of roast, lots of hops. Not sure how fresh this is but it’s still pretty good. Very bitter taste with a little dose of sweetened, caramel malt at the end. Bomber.
dojken (546) - SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2012
A very good black IPA. Good aroma nice feeling in your mouth. At the end a very good nice after-taste. DCLawyer (2841) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Draught. Black with nice frothy head. Intense hops. Good IPA, but not complex and if you close your eyes, would not know it is a black ale. joshwoodward (575) - - DEC 4, 2012
Quite dark in color and flavor. Quite hoppy, but I’m still not sold on the black IPA idea. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2012
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a nice light brown head. Aroma is alcohol, grapefruit and chocolate. Taste is a little hot, otherwise roasted malt (quite strong when warm), good bitterness...something else which I can’t quite pinpoint. Almost a rounded raspberry and lime. Good mouthfeel, quite smooth. Long finish. A nice beer, but alcohol is not very well hidden. Sask89 (514) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
Pours black in colour with a frothy tan head. Aroma is of earthy hops, grain malts and some light roasted malt scents. Taste is sweet for a split second up front followed by a lingering intensifying bitterness. Medium body, lively carbonation and smooth / creamy mouth feel. Overall a great black IPA.