Travlr (24656) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle at CaptainCougar’s local tasting, thanks! Extremely dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of burnt chocolate. Taste is licorice, burnt espresso. Nice. Koelschtrinker (20388) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 3, 2011
Dunkelhopfiger Antrunk, der eher in die Richtung eines Stouts als in die eines IPAs geht. Im Mittelteil überwiegen schokoladige Noten vor dem hier schwachen Hopfen. Etwas stärker ist die Bitterkeit, die sich hier langsam aufbaut um im Nachgeschmack wirklich präsent zu sein. Hier sind schokoladige Malzigkeit und trockener Hopfen gleichauf, dezente Röstnoten passen aufgrund der Trockenheit nur bedingt. Süffiges, gut gehopftes Stout. 12/12/11/12/11/12
ogivlado (7810) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottled355ml. -Trade with shrubber85 (thanks Roger!)
Marko (5682) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 22, 2011
Deep black coloured, huge brown head, roasted malt and chocolate in the nose. The taste was great; heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate and pleasant hoppy with nutty notes. Strong bitter finish and long-lasting aftertaste.
Bottle from ogivlados trade with shrubber85 (huge thanks!)zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Wow, this isn’t even all that common! Anyway. Opened with a loud pop and poured a black body slightly tinged with amber over the edges and an enormous grey-ochre head that went away painfully slowly. The nose was pungent however, chewy, sweet, roasty and malty with chocolatey and coffeeish notes. Fresh taste, dark chocolate (99% cocoa or something like that), damn roasty. Black I was getting in the start, but the IPA part has eluded me for awhile, until some tropical or maybe, yeah, lavender! notes popped up mingling with the roast as it warmed. Those vague herbal notes are the only thing that made this a Black IPA. Still, this is a very good beer, no matter the style and I definitely wouldn’t mind drinking this again!
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown with a light and fizzy off-white head. Hoppy and slightly smokey aroma with a lightly sweet malt balance. Very herbal and floral flavor at the beginning with that light malt coming up in the middle and leading to a lightly bitter and flowery finish.
Tmoney99 (14455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and light hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Very good brew that I would recommend to a freind.
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
The brew pours dark coffee brown with a tan head, smaller though. The aroma is smoky and light peat notes. The flavor is light coffee, roastiness with some light hop notes to end. I expected more hops in this style though, but it is smooth, and a bit creamy and delicious. hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2011
12oz bottle in a pint glass. The beer has wet, musty aroma with roasted malts coming through. The appearance is a thick black with a decent brown head that disappears, leaving nice lacing on the glass. The taste is more of a porter as others have said. Get nice notes of roasted malts and coffee. Taste a bit like the Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog, but less complex. Not a bad beer at all, but not thin or hoppy like a true black IPA. Palate is heavy bodied with average carbonation and a medium finish of coffee. Overall, a decent brew for winter. WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12 oz. Bottle - Pours black with big tan head. Looks like a heavy porter/stout. Aroma is dark malts, coffee, big chocolate, earthy and citrusy hops. Taste is roasty, earthy, chocolate with a bit of earthy/citrusy hops on the back end. I’d say this is more of a hoppy ,sessionable Imperial porter or stout than a real BIPA. Mouthfeel is actually on thicker side, nearing syrupy consistency, medium carbonation. Nonetheless, tasty and highly drinkable. nimbleprop (8376) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2011
12oz bottle pours an oily, opaque black with a thin, beige head. Looks like a stout. Roasty, nutty, coffee aroma, light citrus. Flavor has a shot of lemony hops with some coffee bitterness, nutty, roasted grains, burnt toast, light molasses. The definitely helped to round things out a bit. Medium bodied. Not at all an IPA, a nice stout.