thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass courtesy CarlyRaes. My first true black IPA. I’m not a fan of the darker malt beers but had to give this one a chance due to the extreme hop additions. The pour is extremely black with a medium tan head. The aroma was the best part with the faint hint of soy, charred pine and light citrus. A very light body but definite roast taste upon first taste. The carbonation is nice and something I normally wouldn’t expect with the flavor profile. The finish is a very pronounced semi-sweet chocolate that is almost like the chocolate were left on the stove top 3 minutes too long. An interesting brew but based on my tastes it is not one I would seek out in the future. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2011
1/2 growler courtesy of stfun. Pours dark brown woth a rocky tan head. Smells of resiny hops, sage, pine, roasted malt. Tastes of earth, chocolate, pine, molasses, some smoky hints on the finish. cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours black with a decent tan head and lacing, the aroma has nice pine and citrus notes with the sweetness of the malt, the flavor actually threw me off at first, has a nice sweetness with a hint of hops but has more of a roasty and chocolate finish to it. Reminded me of a porter that had a light mouthfeel, not bad just different. pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Pours black with a long lasting brown head. Good lacing down the glass. Big citrus hops aroma with some chocolate and caramel malt in the nose. Light in body, medium carbonation, and long finish. Citrus hops upfront with caramel and chocolate malt sweetness in the middle. Finishes with roasted and astringent. Almost an even balance between an IPA and roasty porter. The astringency on the back end was a bit strong. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Draft. At Upland Tap Room in Bloomington, IN. Poured into a pint glass a dark cola like brown color with a tan head. Aroma is not as hoppy I would have thought but roast and licorice. Medium moutfeel. Subtle roast flavors with a fairly strong hoppy bitter bite at the end. Nice lace. Overall, would have liked to have more of a hop presence but drinks easy.
AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours an oily black - opaque - with a porter foamy head. Aroma is oil, soy sauce, some roasted coffee. Flavor is oil, roasted malts, plus something slightly sour. A long bitter finish is the item that takes the taste out of the "thin stout" category and the only real hop presence detected. As it warms, even more thin stout-y. shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle. Dark chocolate, anise, and mild astringent alcohol aroma with a hint of lavender. Opaque black color with large tan head. Mildly sweet cocoa malt initially with a strong bitter grapefruit peel finish. Medium body. Pretty good. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle. Black brown with a moderate brown head and a little lacing. Aroma is roasty coffee and something fruity/floral. There’s something in the aroma very familiar, pulling up a long lost memory, but I can’t nail the smell. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, and a light bitter hop finish. Very nice. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 On draft at the brewery. Roasted and citrus nose below a dark brown head. Taste I balanced roast and citrus notes. Nice bitterness and smooth mouthfeel and creamy. Such a really nice beer. One of the best IBAs I’ve had. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Black with a brown cover. Aroma is more roasty, bitter astringent malt. Taste is roasty, coffee, burnt, bitter malt and hop finish.