FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces an almost two finger thick, lightly brown head that leaves some light lacing as it subsides. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of savory browned whole grain, lots of nutty hemp notes, and a bright, candied berry and citrus character from an ample hopping. Soft aromas of woody pine, rosemary, hints of menthol, and lots of woody herbal notes are noticeable as well.maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Somewhat creamy textured with enough sweetness to accentuate a ripe, hop-laden fruit character; this is offset by a nutty / herbal hemp note, a smooth bitterness, a woody herbal and pine like character and some lightly prickly carbonation. A lingering roasted malt character subtly influences the long finish; the nutty character is likely influenced by the hemp, as well as by the dark malt character. Soft savory notes from the dark malt character are accentuated by the nutty hemp notes. All the flavors here seem to be supporting notes for the balance whole; other specific individual components of tangerine zest, floral citrus blossoms, kumquat, lychee, espresso, smoothly burnt brown bread, nutty / spicy whole grain, and roasted caramel notes.
I have had a few of these over that past couple weeks, it is good enough that I keep on just drinking them instead of rating it. I have a visceral reaction to this beer that has me just sitting here and enjoying this beer quite a bit more than I perhaps would when adding up the individual components of this beer; though in truth, even those are quite tasty. The mix of hemp seeds and hop character works really well with the dark malt character; I like that the dark malt character only contributes a touch of roast character, as well as hints of nutty, brown grain like character that just boosts the complexity that much more. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that I am happy to drink quite a bit of. The aroma is a bit better balanced and characterful than the flavor, but this is fairly nice as well.
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a pretty small head to it. Weird malty smell to it that is unlike other beers I’ve had, but really interesting and inviting. Very smooth and nice drink, with some roasted character to the flavor. Not terribly hoppy, which is an interesting change for an IPA-family brew. AWISLguy (3425) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle from Cardinal in Niles. Pours cola colored with a foamy spongey head leaving a lot of lacing. Aroma has cocoa powder, pine, liquid chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is of sweet chocolate, burnt malts and grapefruit. Somewhat rough. Quite semi-sweet chocolatey. Finishes bittersweet, but mostly bitter. Interesting mix of flavors. Could have blended better. Cybercat (6334) - Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Aroma is richly hoppy and grassy, with a smoky undertone and a hint of molasses - hard to beat that, at least in my mind that loves black IPAs (um, if you think about it, that’s an oxymoron) because I love dark beers and hoppy beers. It pours a luscious dark-chocolate brown that lets light in only at the edges and has a thick, fluffy, light tan head that likes to hang around. Flavor has a roast malt overtone with nutty, molasses, earthy and caramel notes plus hints of hops and licorice. Absolutely lip-smacking! Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and life. I love black "pale" ales (personally, I prefer the term CBA, or Cascadian Black Ale) and this is one of the best I’ve had. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours an opaque black with a one finger tan head. Decent head retention and lacing.
Aroma is absolutely glorious. A huge shot of pine and a little citrus blends wonderfully with cocoa and roast undertones. Really a great smelling ABA.
Lots of pine along with pineapple and grapefruit on the taste. There is a quick shot of alcohol followed by heavily roasted malt. A little bit of dark chocolate and coffee follows along with bitterness seemingly from the roasted malt. Bitterness is very high as to be expected with 109 ibu’s. Mouthfeel is very slick and oily and a little bit light.
Overall, this an amazing ABA. Probably the best one I have ever had. The alcohol is barely present and the roasted character shines through remarkably. Something I will have to pick up again whenever I can find it.
Sublym (75) - Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Excellent black imperial ipa. Starts with a Smooth malt taste then it is followed by Emerell entering the room and BAMM!!! A punch to the face with hops, and finally, a slight alcohol finish. Perfect!! (and its from Utah, go figure?) Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Notes of coffee and roast with floral hop balance. Black with a light tan head. Bitter with large floral hop and roast notes. Kind of sharp with lingering bitterness. gerbewa (253) - - AUG 29, 2012
What a great black ipa. Had it out of a bottle at roosters beak in augusta. Very good flavor mix of ipa and stout. Darwenus (1163) - Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
This stuff pours dark like black coffee and it has a fairly average head. There’s a quality I can’t really identify in the aroma, and it might be the hemp or some other ancillary ingredient, along with hops and a rye quality. and there’s a faceful of bitter hops at the beginning of the sip, then rich, dark, hearty malt with a little bit of coffee and rye that combines with more bitterness in the close. I like this very much and I’ll have it again. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.
A: Pours a not-quite-black dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light tan color with great texture and nice retention. A lot of thin, filmy lace is left on the glass, having that ’could almost pass for a black metal band’s logo’ vibe to it.
S: Surprisingly citrusy - I was expecting more of a floral/pine hop quality, but I really can’t complain here. A decent amount of papaya, mango, and apricots form the main aspects of the aroma, with just a backing hint of roasted malt and chocolate. I also sense a little bit of marijuana, too.
T: Again, I really like how citrusy this is, but the black ale qualities are subtle, at best. An opening salvo of mango and papaya give way to a finish of light roast and hemp. The darker malts only serve to smooth out the hop profile without creating a clashing sensation problematic of a lot of black ales. Smoothly balanced with minimal to moderate bitterness and a building roasted aftertaste. Nothing hyper complex, but son of a bitch, this just works.
M: Silky smooth to start, before the hops create a coarseness after the midtaste. Hop oils build a resinous texture on the tongue without destroying the palate. Not easy to drink, due to the thicker body, but the finishing dryness and moderate carbonation makes this easy to sip.
O: I love DIPAs and I love stouts, but hybridize the two into a black ale and the results can be questionable at times (see: Stone SSR). This, on the other hand, is an example of the style done right. VERY well priced for what it is, and highly recommended. Even at three months old, this is damn good stuff.