JHeath99 (1678) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours an opaque dark cola brown with a thin layer of tan head. Aroma of hops and some roasted malts. Taste of burnt malts and bitterness. Worsenma (74) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Pretty good IPA. Very delayed and muted hoppy bitterness but it's certainly there.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone drfabulous (7933) - 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. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bomber from Tyler’s Bottle Shop, Carrboro. With more and more company, it’s harder to make an impression in this style, and some of the underwhelming variants just make me want a regular ol’ IPA. Terrapin comes close to the mark here but doesn’t quite reach the level of Stone, which is the benchmark for me. Nice oily dark brown pour with plenty of carbonation and a moderate head. Nose of pumpernickel and slight citrus, resinous hops. Mouthfeel is a tad too thin for me. The taste is a bit earthy, with dark bready malts reminding me of good deli. But then the hops come on fairly strong and make things a bit clashing. In some ways this is fun, like pinball in your mouth. But in other ways, I felt disappointed that there wasn’t better integration of the many flavors going on. Still enjoyable, as evidenced by the solid rating. But not somethign I’d go out of my way to have again. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a frothy beige haze. Nose is grapefruit, pine, chocolate and coffee; odd but not bad. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is all kinds of bitter with citrus peel, Bakers chocolate, espresso and lime. Dry, black licorice finish.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of milk chocolate, cola, pine, smoke, roasted malt, a bit of grapefruit. Flavor very sweet, though the grapefruity bitterness makes a pretty good effort to highlight itself. Lots of emphasis still on milky chocolate. Finish though is more on the bitter side as all the sugar seems to just slide on down. Enjoying it, though not in love, as I wish it was either more attenuated and/or more roasted, or more of a hop bomb based on the name. As it is, a pretty basic, sweet stout that happens to have a bunch of hops. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Pours an amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, coffee, fruity, citrus, and floral. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, toast, coffee, and some fruity citrus. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2010
On draft at brewvival. Cool label art and name, Very citrusy hop, dark clear brown pour. Big fresh hop green flavor with a big lingering bitter finish. Not bad, but not the best BIPA that i’ve had.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of Pinball. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Fresh aroma hops in the nose combined with sweet roast vanilla - licorice allsorts. Medium body, again sweet roast and a dry and hoppy finish from both hops and roasted malts. But in general not a great Black IPA. 230511 Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2013
A couple of BA traders have asked me about this beer when I told them I could get Terrapin. I bought one for someone, and then picked one up for myself to see what all the Hooplah was about:
Ap: Pours black as night, with a 1/2 inch head that left instantly, and carbonation to spare.
Ar: Not really strong in the aroma department, but what I’m getting reminds me of Coca-Cola - slightly bitter, with a hop sizzle.
T: Not at all vicious, actually very malty, and much smoother than I expected.
P: Frothy lacing and very creamy in texture. Very soothing.
O: Nothing really special about this one, but the beer itself is not too pretentious. Also, I REALLY love the bottle art!