Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
6 jan 2012, bottle. Med/dark nut brown, faintly cloudy. Nose is big, thin grapefruit citrus. Thin body and fizzy. Light burnt coffee malt in the background but dominant taste is thin, butter grapefruit rind. Not my favorite style of ipa. dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Pours more brown than black (haha) with some floaties and haze, flawless beige head. Aroma is tropical fruits, papaya, guava, gooseberry, lime, passionfruit, hint of roast. Taste is same as aroma, huge tropical fruit followed by honey and a touch of coffee. body is medium, creamy smooth, lowish carbonation, dry roasted fruity finish. Overall, a perfect black IPA which uses all of my favorite new hops. MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Super fruity wet hop aroma from the bottle. Mango, pineapple, and sweet smelling. Pours medium brown, with off-white head and lots of flotsom. This isn’t just cloudy...it has chunkage. The head recedes slowly, larger bubbles in the center, and very fine around the rim. Aroma in the glass is still VERY tropical (I suspect from Citra Hops) and there is a bit of a swing towards piney and malts. So much fruit though, like strawberries. Dirty hop-forward flavor. Not what I was expecting after such a tropical nose. Not much body, bitter on the finish, but I am not getting anything in the middle. Perhaps because of the yeasties, this bottle is a little rough and maybe I poured it too soon or too roughly. I had noticed there wasn’t much head, so I raised the bottle up and poured faster to get a head to develop. The head in fact is still clinging to the glass some 10 minutes later. I am not sure what the IBU is on this, but it seems quite high, and I also have to note that the ABV is completely masked by the interesting hop flavors. And the name really says it, in that this is certainly more IPA than black ale. Maybe even in the "Douple IPA" category? I am getting more fruit, again sweet strawberry-ish on the very end of the finish. It is a very interesting brew to be sure. I am enjoying it. Tasted from the bottle @ 52.3F. drfabulous (8818) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Draught at Brouwer’s Cafe. Really nice and hoppy brown that again pushes the whole concept of black IPA. Far better than the Stone 15. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Truly fantastic and unique beer. Pours murky deep brown with a lasting, beige head. Fresh and hoppy nose. Silky-smooth texture up front; dry finish. Very rich and flavorful. Gently roasted malt side has elements of milk chocolate (unlike the dark chocolate typically found in black IPAs) and lightly toasted bread. Green hop flavors/aromas of sweet grass, pine, tropical fruit (mango), apricot and grapefruit, plus some faint spices. Wonderfully balanced and delicious.
J_man (1025) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
12 oz. from BevMo in Mira Mesa. Luckily, I saw the bottles sitting up near the checkout before I paid, so I was able to score! Wow, just popping the cap on this little bottle releases a wave of the freshest, stankiest hop aroma I’ve smelled in a long time! It’s like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh and very pungent hops! The name is very accurate, not black at all but a medium brown topped by a light tan head. The hops from the aroma attack your tongue immediately on the first sip, but in a surprisingly non-aggressive way compared to what you’re smelling. Very strong grapefruit bitterness along with a juicy cannabis flavor. Stone must have had a major part in this since it’s very "Stone-like" in this way. There’s a delicious milk/bittersweet chocolate flavor lying under those dank, bitter hops, and it’s amazingly well balanced. There’s a lemony quality that emerges which I’m guessing is from the hops. There’s a medium creaminess in the body that washes out to a dry, bitter finish in the end that leaves an earthy, cannabis-like flavor behind. This is a truly incredible beer and takes the Black IPA style in a new direction. drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
1/4/12. 12oz bottle courtesy ratebeef! Hazy brown pour with a small tan head that sticks and laces plenty. Pungent, almost sour hoppy aroma with cattiness, lemon peel, weed, and more. Sweet entry with caramel and chocolate that gives way to pungent hoppiness, again with cattiness and citrus. Nice! rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Thanks to ratebeef! Pours a clear brown witha small off white head. Nose is full of pungent citrusy hops and not much else. Flavor has a roasted malt entry the a wallop of strong citrus and piney hops. Yeah, that’s an IPA. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Dark brown, frothy beige head. Aroma is awesome, tons of tropical/pine/dank herb hop with just a hint of roast. Taste has lots of pineapple, mango, not much roast at all, which is a nice change for this odd style. A really really good beer. gorditoabd (637) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle from Bev4Less. Can always count on Freddy to have these beers, among so many others, at a very reasonable price. Pours according to the name, more brown than black, but still a pleasing hue. Nice little tan foam head. Nice malty, hoppy with a mild brown sugar (?) aroma. Really solid nose on this beer. Hmm, taste not quite as pleasing, but definitely interesting. Mild bit of something like licorice. Strong bitter undertone goes well with the sweet malt and mild hops. Really nice, interesting beer. Not as nutty as some of the black IPAs I’ve had, definitely it’s own beer. I approve.