LilBeerDoctor (4194) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
On tap. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt initially with a citrusy, hoppy finish. Great black IPA, I loved both components of a robust ale plus IPA. Uber drinkable too.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) AcctError131151 (121) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2011
On tap at Twenty Tap. Poured opaque black with mocha-tan head. Left good lacing. Hop aroma was there but not overpowering (It smelled like Columbus). Lots of dark, burnt, roasted aromas, but also sweet malt. It kind of reminded me of roasted marshmallows.
If I didn’t know any better, I would swear this beer had smoked malt in it. Lots of bitter, smoky roasted flavors coming through.
I guess I’m not a big black IPA fan. From what I can tell, this is a good example of the style, but it’s not my cup of tea. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Got in trade from QueenHolly; THANKS Rebekah! Aroma of dark malt, pine, hops, birch, nuts, slight chocolate, slight roast, and slight pine. Poured black in color with a huge, foamy, frothy, brown head that diminished slowly but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of dark malt, roasting, pine, hops, slight chocolate, light citrus, nuts, and birch. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Dark malt, roast, hop, pine, light citrus, nut finish is lightly dry. EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Great style with beer akin to 3F’s Alpha Klaus. The nose presents hops and a slightly burnt and bitter aroma. The body is midland not too thin not too thick with an initial burst of C hops and nice balance between the roasted malt and bitterness. A great looking beer with brussel’s lace providing a thick coat upon my glass. Great beer and great style/ bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
12 ounce bottle, bottled in December 2010 so I know it’s not exactly fresh. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. At this point, the aroma seems more like a slightly hoppy porter now, not that it’s a bad thing. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some piney hops. The hops do come out a little more in the taste. It tastes like pine hops, roasted and burnt/charred malt, chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good brew, although I would like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future. Definitely worth trying, I liked it.
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2011
bottle. for only being pilsener and black malt i pick up a lot of rounded, chewy dark caramel malt... there’s a roundness and fullness that seems meaty and gelatinous and which i find generally unpleasant, but the milk chocolate (yeast / milk powder note contributing) character is nice. hops are cheesy and pungent in the nose and provide medium buzzing acid and bitterness. lavender is non-existent. decent beer but mostly forgettable. rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2011
I saw IPA, and expected lots of hoppiness. Instead, I got an opaque black, full headed, big-laced, bitter porter/stout (or whatever you want to call it). It’s refreshing to have a full dark brew that isn’t run by coffee nad chocolate. Very drinkable, and a definite re-do. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle shared by nuplastikk: Pours an opaque black with a full-lacing froth of light brown head. Has a fresh resiny citrus and piny hop nose with a touch of dark malty sweetness. Starts with good fullness and fresh resiny hoppy flavor with a toasty dark caramel malty sweetness before a drier slightly warming bittersweet finish. A true to style and drinkable black IPA. BeerandBlues2 (13821) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle shared by nuplastikk. Pours black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with excellent retention. Aroma is average malt (bread, roast, coffee), heavy hops (floral, citrus, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of prunes, raisins, and licorice. Flavor is average malt (bread, roast, coffee), heavy hops (floral, citrus, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of prunes, raisins, and licorice. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks nuplastikk. Medium brown head, brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, some caramel. Medium body.