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. BeerandBlues2 (13311) - 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. crossovert (12927) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Cant taste the hops in thisone on draft. IT is pure roasted malt, like a super roasted porter. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
on tap-tight retaining brown-black. A-roasty/cocoa-dk malt. T-roasty/cocoa-dk malt/oat, 2nd hop bite-citrus? Pinball (12145) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
dark brown, small light brow head.
roasted malts, dry, nice aroma.
flavor is roasted malts, stoutish, faint flowery balance, low on the hops for a black ipa.
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
bottled. Black coloured. Huge brown dense head. quite lively pour. Aroma of roast, vague smoke, cocoa, herbs and some spice. Flavour of cocoa, roast, herbs, spice and some flowers. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a chocolatish and roasted bitterness. deyholla (11600) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2010
On tap at the Bloomington Brewpub. Poured a thick black with a nice thick dark brown head that laced nicely. Aroma had notes of pine hops with some underlying dark malts. Flavor began with a nice dark malt flavor, dark bread and a bit of roasted notes, but the pine notes become the main note towards the finish. shrubber85 (11402) - 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. alexsdad06 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown to black with a small khaki head. The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, a mild nutty note with earthy and strong herbal hops. If I had to pin this down it seems like a spruce/mint combo which is a bit strange. The flavor is very similar, however, the herbal/spruce/mint notes overshadow the roasted malts, nuts and chocolate. Body is a touch thin. This is interesting, but ultimately not something I would drink again. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 12oz bottle, bottled November 2012. Black color. Good thin half-finger brown head. Good lace. Toasty, herbal hop nose. Medium body. Light carbonation. Kinda watery texture. Good roastiness, some light milk chocolate. Herbal, lightly earthy hop. Mostly sweet taste, light bitter aftertaste. Odd Black IPA. Strange watery character, and odd herbal flavor, but still hoppy, chocolatey, and roasty.. Still a black IPA.. just not my favorite example 7/4/6/2/12
Re-rate, 1/12/14: 12oz bottle, bottled November 2013. Why are these always 2 months old when they show up? Pours a black color, with a nice thicker brown head. Leaves good, thicker full sheets of lace. Earthy hop, and pine in the nose. Some chocolate in the aroma, light roast. A bit of that floral, tea like herbal quality that I presume comes from the lavender. An interesting, and noticeable twist on the black IPA, that takes it in a different, unique direction from the type that I normally like, though it’s not really bad, it kind of works. Medium to bigger body, chewier than I remember this being last year, that’s a good thing. Soft carbonation, kind of a slick, sticky texture. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. A satisfying black IPA... I enjoyed this significantly more than the bottle I tried last year.