gripweed57 (2865) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2017 yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a dark reddish brown with a small off white head that dissolves quickly but leaves decent lacing on the glass.
Smell: Predominantly grapefruit accompanied by a general citrus aroma with an underlying sugary sweetness.
Taste: Strong hop character dominates the first sip. Resiny/piney characteristics of the hops are featured up front. The finish features some of the grapefruit notes promised by the aroma. There is some slight astringency but what truly surprises me for such a bug beer is how completely unnoticeable the alcohol is.
The mouthfeel is soft, with a medium-body and just a hint of carbonation. It finishes smooth and creamy but then you are struck with a resiny hop aftertaste that dries out the mouth.
Overall I think this beer is serviceable. I think I was hoping for a little more body and a little more malt support from an imperial. If all you want is hops and hops, then this is probably worth a try.
12 ounce bottle. Translucent dark brown color is topped by a large rocky tan head. Nice lacing. Interesting roasted malt nose hints at cocoa and licorice. Flavor follows nose with additional notes of earthy, nutty dark chocolate. Bittersweet hoppy finish has a spicy, resiny character. Warming alcohol notes as well. teamsale (308) - Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2017
Bottle pours a dark brown with a one finger brown head and good lacing. Aroma is sour, malt, asphalt. Taste is coffee, malt, a touch sour, sweet cherry. Finishes with a sweet aftertaste and mild but lasting bitterness. Made for sipping. TBone (18226) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2017
Tap at City Hospoda, Turku. Opaque black color, small steady off-white head. Sticky burned grassy aroma. Medium-bodied. Ashy and grassy flavour. Burned, restless. Not really classic black ipa. Feels overrated here. andrewje41 (4257) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2017
12 oz bottle poured. Quite a big beer here. Unexpected, and didn’t even realize it when I picked it up. Very dark, muddy brown pour with a ton of foam head and lacing. Toast constant aroma here, with a hop addition that I’ve never seen anywhere else. Extremely thick, creamy body to this. A ton of roasted malt that seems overpowering at first, but it seems just right after this sits for a minute. A toasty front, bitter hops all throughout, and a chocolate heavy linger late. Very interesting beer here. A one of a kind for sure. With the heavy roasted malt and chocolate flavors here, I didn’t think I’d be able to pick out the hops, but they are very much present here. Just your classic Imperial Cascadian India Dark Hemp Pale Ale here. Turns out, I love ICIDHPAs. BREWMUSKCLES (2744) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2017
lots of flavor, body and character. fairly well balanced in its strength. well moderate mouthfeel. caramel, malt pine and citrus and a light waft of nut.
weihenweizen (4127) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle best by date August 10, 2017 poured into a snifter. Black with small off-white head. Aroma is pine hops, medium/thick body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is dry dark malt, pine hops, and herbal hops. Lots of flavor, but the his beer is just not for me. erikaraeb (271) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2017
Skunky, but dark malted with a mild caramel undertone. Aroma of your typical IPA. Bitter finish and full-bodied. Solid all around. BrewProfessor72 (4) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2017 does not count
Very nice overall , rich caramel with a deep pure cocoa flavor , sweet florals & fresh dough . At a 9.3 abv the alcohol rises up into the aroma of this black, clear, full bodied IPA with tan foam. Perfectly balanced sweetness & medium bitterness, creamy yet nicely carbonated and a long finish. A great sipping beer . jrodooo5 (1718) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2017
Very bold double ipa that pours pretty & smells great but I’m not getting the black aspect. Dark pour w/ a beige head & plenty of lacing. The aroma contains an abundance of hops w/ some dark malt sprinkled in. The taste is overrun w/ the hop presence as the darker malts are barely present to ever so slightly knock some of the bigterness down. It’s great for the true hopheads out there but just not quite my style! Ctplt777 (533) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2017
Super sweet, nutty, and chocolate forward black ipa. It smells and tastes like a gigantic, delicious imperial stout but has a nice amount of citrus hoppiness that cuts through it. It’s not as in your face as stone enjoy by’s black ipa which was pretty much a citrus bomb but it’s really delicious and an interesting take. The roastiness and chocolate are much more predominate than the citrus but it’s still absolutely delicious. There’s a nice nuttiness also which is a really pleasant touch. Great beer from a great brewery. Cheers.