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. b3shine (9143) - Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good; pitch black with foamy beige head. Smells and tastes malty and hoppy (in that order) with some roastiness. Good on the palate. A good example of the style. nimbleprop (8750) - 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. ogivlado (8108) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottled355ml. -Trade with shrubber85 (thanks Roger!)
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
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.
12. thanks, ben! pours black with a loose dark tan ring of foam. big toasty coffee nose. creamy medium body, lively carb. toast and coffee on the mid palate. longish ashy patenty finish.
AirForceHops (7806) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2013
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Queenholly. Bottle in Nov 2012. Hops are falling off for sure but the brew still turns out really well. More like a stout now in my glass. Nose is chocolate malt dominated with hints of pine. Lots of Earthy herbal hints in this brew with a strong amount of chocolate malt. Burnt roasted malts. After half the glass I had to read the commercial description. Seeing they used lavender makes all the herbal notes make sense. The bitterness is more from the herbal then hoppy. I feel like a broken record. Did I happen to mention that it’s herbal? Still even a slightly old bottle is pretty good. Strykzone (7658) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark with a small tan head. A roasted flavor with tart hops. Some earth. Not a favored style but this is decent. 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. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Bottled. This sucka poured inky black with a deep brown head.. this screamed "stout" from the appearance, and I love stout. The aroma picked up greener floral and citrus hoppage over a bed of roasted semi-sweet chocolates.. nutty notes, vanilla, and caramel accented.. outstanding! The flavor found dark chocolate and lesser coffee at the core.. nice roast, but the malts seemed a little stale.. heavy bitterness around, mostly floral and earth, with a little spicy pine.. roasty and bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied with decent balance on the palate.. dry and grainy overall.. very bitter, especially as it warmed up. I’m not a big fan of black IPAs, but this was probably the best I’ve found.