Dogbrick (14455) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2018
Sample at Daily Growler Powell. Brown-black color with a medium thin beige head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Stringy lace. Aroma of piney hops, citrus and malt. Medium body with flavors of spruce, citrusy hops and roast malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a piney hop aftertaste. Above average overall. bb (10113) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 3, 2018
Draft. Dark brown beer with a brown head. Light roast and chocolate aroma with light pine. Pine and chocolate flavor with light caramel. Medium bodied. Pine and chocolate linger with light roast. superspak (6500) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2018
12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 4/24/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finer fairly dense and rocky khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and floral/grassy/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and floral/grassy/roasted earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/floral/grassy/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly chalky/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is an awesome black IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/charred/drying finish, never overly aggressive. Great mix of juicy and dark/earthy hop complexity; nice balancing dark/roast/bready malt presence, but still feels like an IPA. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Bricks (1171) - Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2018
Color is a dead dark/brown black... super roasted malt and pinecone on the nose, touch of hops... but big hops on the taste, malt too.. very balanced. A ton of character. Great beer. ibrubeer (438) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2018 Can. Aroma is light pine. Dark cold with barely reddish highlights, beige head that fades, great lacing. Flavor is a little sweet, but that helps with the piney flavor, slightly sharp bitterness. Overall, better than I was expecting!
kambei70 (1159) - - FEB 9, 2018
Pours a very dark brown with an impressive and thick head. I wasn't getting a ton on the aroma, but what I do get is hops and more hops. The taste is quite piney, as advertised. The juniper presence that's advertised is very subtle and comes in towards the end. I get a lot more of a dark, roasted malt presence that rounds out the hop forwardness. chucklemation (1826) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2018
Pours a jet black with a very foamy off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is plenty of pine and juniper with some caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and juniper. Has some bitterness. Smooth and light in body. Decent. Aurelius (5723) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2018
Cool, but somewhat South Park-y can. Real tall, sandy, spray insulation, spongy head on a deep, apparently clear, ebony pour. Malt forward. Roasty malt aroma, doughy sweet, with a twiggy vegetal note. Very nice. Sweet roasted malt up front, some terpene follows, then chocolaty notes. Residual roast bitterness builds. Slippery mouthfeel, muted carbonation, coffeeish finish. Pretty tasty and enjoyable. ABC Liquors, Bull Run. J_man (1041) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 25, 2018
Toasted wood and cocoa in the nose. Very dark brown body with a thin tan head. Cocoa and dark chocolate come out strong in the taste along with a strong but subtly matched pine bitterness. Body is fairly thin. Lasting dark chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. Very nice black IPA. RobertDale (7131) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2018
12 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of pine and malt. Taste is pine, malt, and some citrus. Decent Black IPA.