DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle from Craft. Pours deep black with 2-finger tan head. Big piney hop nose matched by dark malt and chocolate. Tastes resiny hoppy up front, with the dark malt catching up nanoseconds later. Gets ever so s;ightly sweet as it warms, stays complex, and stays very malty. I still cannot totally resolve this style, as the hops never seem to meld as well with dark malt as caramel or pale malts, but this one was a fine example of the style. phaleslu (10239) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2010
22 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade with JCB- thanks again, Jason! Pours a dark opaque brown, basically black, with a tan head that leaves some soapy lacing in the glass. Aroma of earthy hops, dark roasted malts, dirt, pine, wood, grass, and toasted brown sugar. Flavor of earthy hops, dark roasted malts, pine resin, citrus, grass, charred wood, earthy notes, dust, dark chocolate, and just a little coffee. Finishes roasty and bitter. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation and a dirty mouthfeel. Not a typical IPA, and certainly worth a try. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2010
22oz bomber. dark brown, tan head.
aroma keeps a nice hoppy nose, pine followed by some citrus.
flavors, similar to the aroma, lots of nice piney hops and citrus giving a mild bitetrness. The hoppy profile is dominant and is accompanied by a subtle touch of chocolate/caramel malts. Finishes with a mild powdery cocoa nibs that is delicious. drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
My 10th black IPA... glad to knock out this style! 12/8/10. Bomber. Opaque black pour, some red on the edges when held to the light, under a thick brown head that lasts with a few millimeters. Strong sour hop presence with plenty of pine, coffee, and a hint of rubbing alcohol. Malty and sweet roasty flavor that leans so much on the malty and roasty side that it lends itself to almost being a hoppy stout/impy stout. Still, quite tasty. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Bomber pours mahogany with ruby edges and tan head. The aroma is pine running by some roasted malts, some burnt malts, a seemingly out of place note of citrus and then smooth nearly subtle rauch maltiness. The taste is much the same with pine hops mixing with citrus hop flavor, dark roasted malts and rauch malt smokiness seeming a tad peaty. I always have wondered what a hop forward smoky beer would be like. I think the pine hops work well and the citrus may also work but seem a bit odd for some reason. After a few ounces the oddness has grown on me. It has plenty of smooth rauch and pine lingering deep into the after taste.
nimbleprop (8367) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2010
22oz bottle pours a watery, opaque black with a creamy, slightly off white head. Aroma is very hoppy, C hops, malty, a little metallic, floral, orange rind. Flavor is sweet, light chocolate, light lemon, light brown sugar, light milk chocolate. Finish is medium bodied with a touch of lasting bitterness. Nose is nice, flavor is a letdown. bytemesis (8336) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear reddish black, medium tan head, good lacing. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, light pine. Flavor is medium sweet, roasty, chocolate, some pine and citrus, but more of a stout than an IPA on the nose and mouth. Light-medium body overall. A bit of an anachronism for me. PorterPounder (7961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours pitch black with a sticky mocha colored head. Fresh, fragrant aroma with some heavy spruce and a hint of mint. Flavor has heavy citrus bitter, hoppy grapefruit notes with a bit of underlying caramel and a touch of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is thick and rich and not too tongue numbing. Pretty decent overall if just a tad one-dimensional. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle thanks to doodler. Pours with a very deep brown body and a brown head that stays. Aroma of hops, floral, honeysuckle, orange, baking flower, bread and biscuits. Flavors of chocolate, earth, biscuit, hops, flowers, bitterness, baking chocolate. Cake like in an odd way. Medium to high carbonation. Pretty tasty. drfabulous (7926) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bought only to try. When in Georgia....the style still doesn’t do it it for me. Chocolate and hops. But I can’t get my head around the Black IPA as a desired style. Decent for what it tries to do.