thebeerbandit (91) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2018 Cakes (506) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Bottle
Mahogany colour with a thick, foamy head and strong lacing.
A "little chunky" - tastes thick,. as I feel a true dark beer should.
Tastes of caramel, bread, hay, cereal, chocolate, and coffee.
Nice, balanced hops. Well done here.
UPDATED: APR 2, 2018 4/1/18
With A after a wonderful lazy Easter filled with eating ~5k calories or candy and chicken.
Poured from bottle into a tulip. Opaque jet black with a humongous tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Their logo is fun as well.
Smell is very roasty. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate with maybe a slight hint of piney hops. Smells kinda like a stout. Interesting.
Taste follows through with coffee and dark chocolate malts but also has some of piney and citrus hops. Strikingly bitter with almost zero sweetness. Complex and very tasty.
Palate is medium with a bit of astringency and lingering bitterness. Would be thin for a stout but its very nice for my expectation of a hoppy black ale.
Overall, this is great! I️ think with this and Java Head, the combo of roast/coffee malt and hops is growing on me. I really like it! jfriedrich (29) - USA - FEB 2, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2018 Amazing beer. Dark as night, tan head. Big full mouthfeel. Great hop bitterness. Some pine needles and mustiness. oobawa (2014) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2017
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 (1541) - 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 (1658) - 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 (2525) - 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 (1705) - 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 (2421) - - 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 (916) - 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 (11608) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle from Total Wine in Daytona. Dark dense pour. Rocky head. Black licorice, pine, fruit, and spearmint. Solid.