oobawa (1867) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2017 nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Chip’s in OBX. Darkest brown in color with a large lasting light tan head. Amazing aroma of piney hops with roasty and chocolate notes. Maybe some molasses. Smooth and roasty flavor with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and nice hop flavors. Medium-bodied and very smooth with hop oils. A damn good example of the style, one of the best I’ve had.
Intensely bitter Black IPA, but lacking in the deep, rich, roasted malt notes you usually want in the style, instead offering up a clingy, overpowering hop bitterness offset by a metallic fruitiness and a not-altogether-welcome vegetal vein. Some espresso and bakers chocolate, but also a clingy copper-like harshness accented by citric hops and yeast, cherry, and raisin streaks. Lacks definition beyond its all-encompassing bitterness. Pours a dark, dark brown with a brief beige head and modest lacing. Surprising how much chocolate is in the nose, since it doesn't translate very far into the flavor. Perky texture with a medium body, good for the style. Overall a pretty rough Black IPA. tightslice (1530) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle from Total Wine in Orlando, FL. Aroma is roasted malts, spent coffee, mild herbal aroma. Taste is chocolate, coffee with a nice hoppy / bitter backbone. Very tasty. Quick3Beers (1516) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2017
Pours a black from a bottle, faint pine and slight mint aroma. Similar flavor with a bit o coffee thrown into the mix. Good beer. freekyp (2470) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2017
One of the better black IPAs out there, Hoppy Bunny pours up dark brown with red highlights and a sizeable tan ring of head. Deeply roasty aroma with lots of piney resinous hops. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of bakers chocolate, smoke and prickly pine with hints of spearmint in the background. Rindy earthy bitter fade. AndyW68 (1641) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2017
Very dark burnt brown pour with tan head. Aroma is roast chocolate malt with pine and citrus notes. Taste leans toward overly roasted almost burnt malt. Initials taste bites the tongue. As it fades, it becomes more pleasant.
zoucrew102 (2250) - - MAR 18, 2017
Bottle. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate malt, and pine resiny and citrus hops. Pours black with a large mocha brown head that has excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with roasted and chocolate malt flavors. Finishes smooth and dry with citrus hops and slight pine resiny bitterness. Great black IPA. cobaink2 (847) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle from tavour. Nice whiff of hops that comes once poured. Thick black pour with wheat appears to be malty grains. Tastes of dark Malts and dank hops. Really nice play on the style. Fantastic. BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle from Total Wine in Daytona. Dark dense pour. Rocky head. Black licorice, pine, fruit, and spearmint. Solid. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Bottle from Total Wine & More, McLean. Dark brown body with beige head. Nose is malts, cacao, coffee. Taste if malts, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate. Very creamy texture. Some spices in the finish. Pretty good stuff. Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of citrus hops, pine, roast and chocolate. Flavor was earthy and slightly bitter with roasted malts, pine, citrus, chocolate and had some licorice notes.