Brandman (2950) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2013
Clear black body, light brown head. Aroma has nice roasted grains, dark fruits and intensive resiny hops. Very nice and balanced black IPA aroma. Flavour is bit ashy and acidic, some paper between the hops and malty taste. Some berries. Bit drop from the excellent aroma, but really good beer though. Shag (3002) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Black color with beige head. Aroma is strong coffee, chocolate, and citrus. Flavor is rather bitter with some chocolate and coffee. Some citrus going on. Overall a good beer. hfmejias (1283) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2013
12 Oz. Bottle. Poured dark (cola like) with a tan head that didn’t stay too long. Aroma is of hops, pine and citrus. roasted malts flavors balanced with sweet notes of coffee and chocolate also very hoppy and with deliciously bitter and dry finish. The ABV while high is not that noticeable. Pretty nice beer very enjoyable. Hanuta06 (469) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Serving: from bottle--purchased at Full Throttle Bottles.
Aroma: moderately malty/grainy.
Appearance: small, frothy, light brown, initial head that quickly dissipated. Dark brown, cola-like body.
Taste: lightly sweet, pumpernickel-like initial flavor with lightly bitter , toasted finish and long duration.
Palate: medium-to-full bodied with dry texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: outstanding. Complex flavor that is not overly bitter. I look forward to drinking this beer again. alexsdad06 (10436) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
12 oz. bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is grapefruit citrus and resiny hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate with perhaps a hint of anise. The flavor is a nice combination of herbal and citrus hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate,some resiny notes and a touch of black coffee. This is a nice black IPA. The alcohol is only noticeable as a warming sensation.
PotjeBier (3354) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
12 oz bottle. Color is clear, deep dark red-brown. Beige head. Aroma’s: resin, heavy roast, somewhat herbal, with drop & sweetness retronasal. Flavor is roasted, drop, medium sweet. Body is medium. Finishes slightly dry and quite bitter. Lovely. MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
(#64) Bottle into tulip. Ar: Sweet with big hop aroma. Ap: Black darkness with a tan head that stays around thin. T: Sweet. Earthy. Chocolate. Nutty. Hoppy bitterness lingering on finish. P: Smooth, not a lot of carbonation. O: It’s good, I dig the ABV. Might suggest it, but not sure if I’d buy for myself again. uncben87 (68) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2013
From bottle to tulip. Pours a pitch black with a quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is a nice balance between the roasted caramel and chocolate malts with a good hop bitterness. Average MF that is surprisingly easy to drink and finishes clean. Overall this is a very nice representation of a black IPA. Leighton (21307) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC - Clerkenwell, London - many thanks to Seth! Pours clear, red-brown with a big, tan cream head. Dark malts and rich pine in the aroma. Medium to big sweet flavor with juicy pine, good roast, dark sugars. Medium to full bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Lightly warming finish, pretty resinous, with good sticky pine, strong roasted malt character, earth, some cocoa. Pretty nice overall. nuplastikk (6293) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2013
12oz bottle. Ruby red-black, with a foamy beige head. Big, sweet aroma...nails it. Pretty much captures what Black IPA is all about..sticky rich resinous specialty malt, and a nice citrus hop backbone to balance it out a bit. The hemp does add some depth and dimension too, A really solid example of the style, and while intensely rich, incorporates the alcohol well.