jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Dark mahogany with big, foamy, beige head / Big nose of weed and dirt (like a good bag of pot) / Light body, crisp with a hint of sweetness, with big hops and long finish / Bright, elegant, flavors of weed, pineapple, orange, cut pine, and a hint of chocolate / Great, great. Mahoning (15) - - FEB 16, 2012
Has a smooth palate, rich chocolate/coffee flavor with an amazing hop finish. Best beer I’ve ever tasted. obguthr (6350) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Deliciously strong aroma of grapefruit peel and pine. Rosehips also present. My God, there are some hops in there! Clear brown, medium tan head, good lacing. Grapefruit peel, pine, soil, tangerine, and light chocolate flavor. Subtle chocolate and pine needle finish. Exquisite! Medium body, alcohol not noticeable. This is an exceptional beer and nearly perfect in every way. I can not bring myself to say this, but this is better than Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous! Stone is the undisputed King of IDAs! Please continue making this beer. kidpsyco (4) - Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2012 does not count
The hoppy aroma is not as pronounced as some other brews. But the true brown color of this massive brew is totally awesome. The brown taste shows through almost like you are tasting three brews, a brown, a stout and a black at once. Full bodied, with a thin texture happens to be fizzy on the tongue with a true IPA finish, yet also with a good deal of smoke. Recommended for just about everyone that likes strong IPA’s. Sublym (78) - Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Oh ya, this precurser to the tba, is fucking great. Dark, hoppy, sweet, malty...the best if them all!! This could easily be my nightly beverage for the rest of my life. Yall betta recognize. Betta ax sumbody.
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Pours a near black with a slight hazy film-like appearance with an off-mocha head. Immediate piney, citrusy, and resinous hop aroma. Passionfruit and guava are key fruity notes here. Close your eyes and you will picture a golden-amber beer...open your eyes and you see the darkness. I taste this beer and I WANT to taste roast and am searching for the chocolate roasty flavors, but it’s really not there at all. A well balanced ipa with good caramel sweetness and medium malty flavors. Bitterness is very smooth with very low co-humolone. Pleasant and fruity, tropical-like. A very very good example of the new Black IPA style. starkastic (18) - - FEB 15, 2012
Probably the best tasting black ipa I’ve ever had. Strong hoppy smell, strong grapefriuty taste. Definitely tell its dry hopped. Delicious! RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2012
Holy crap. Pop off the cap and already you get an amazing big hops aroma. Pour it out and out flows a nice chocolately compliment. Little bit of white head that fades away with no lacing. Super smooth taste, the hops and chocolately malt mix perfectly, linger on thee tongue just right then fades away making you ready for the next sip. 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. mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with some burgundy highlights when held up to a light. A gentle pour netted a 1/2" creamy beige head that settled into a nice lace ring around the glass. Lots of juicy citrus aromas, primarily orange and grapefruit, with some malty sweetness just over the horizon. The citrusy hops flavors lead the charge in the flavor with some slightly bitter roastiness to remind you that you are drinking a Black IPA. Palate is moderate to full with a finish thats a bit bitter, but not overly so. Very nice. I paid $3.75 a bottle so it’s a bit expensive, but if you are fortunate enough to come across some, ya gotta buy it. You won’t be sorry.