BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2010
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: HOLY COW, this is so similar to my Dance of the Dead homebrew it floored me. I did a "clone" before I ever tasted the similar commercial product! A true Cascadian Dark Ale, yeah BABY!!! nuplastikk (6420) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Very deep almost opaque hue with a lovely creamy tan head which left good lace upon the glassware. The aroma is grassy. resiny, and fruity PNW and noble hops, slightly dank and catty too. There is plenty of charred Black Patent malt along with some nutty, chocolate and caramel vapours, light tar, liquorice, and flowery esters as well. The taste matched the nose, sharp and dank resiny hop bitterness, some ashy black, brown chocolate and nutty malts, hint of coffee, clove and anise spiciness. The appearance, aroma and taste are very similar I would have hard time telling which is which (mine has a bit more malty roundness and alcohol bite). The mouth feel is the one area there is a difference. The Upland version is a bit more sharper, thinner-bodied, and cleaner while both have a noticeable black malt astringent finish.
I happen to love most of these CDA’s (aka Black IPA’s/Overamped and overhopped Porters and Stouts)... whatever. I want more commercial example. CDA WILL BE A STYLE on ratebeer with a few years know that.
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Draft at Dexters. Pitch black color with an oily head. Sweet chocolate malt over a solid hoppy base. An interesting style, captures the qualities of a Black and an IPA quite well. Mild enough to be sessionable but still full bodied and flavorful. Good beer. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Thanks to deyholla for the bottle! Pours very black and viscous with a huge brown head. The aroma is roasted with dark chocolate, salty smoked meats, pine and citrus. The flavor is very roasted with smoked meats, charred wood, with a mild citric bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation and full bodied. kaser (6367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Had this on draft at the Tipsy Cow in Madison. Local brewery I hadn’t heard of. Orange clear pour with white head. Delicious fruity and citrix taste, hoppy, perfect balance. Loved it 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.
thedm (6311) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2010
This bottled brew from a beer festival poured a medium sized head of foamy with a frothy top fine to large sized dark brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black colored body and a very good lacing. The almost non-existant aroma was mild hop. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of dark malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again. JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Dark brown color with a full, dark tan head. Pine, grapefruit and toasted to roasted malt aromas. Fairly simple aromas, but straight forward and to the point. Roasted malt and grilled citrus flavors. A porter with a real hops bite. A bit ashy and roasted in the finish and linger. A bit too much in the acidity with the dark malts and hops, at least for me. 4/10
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Roasty nose with some char and dank. Black pour with a nice brown head. The flavor is big on roast, char, touch of burnt/smoke, and danky bitterness in the finish. Very stout like in flavor, hoppy, but not in ipa category imo, but with a strangely thin body. Lingering charred mouthfeel. Weird, confused beer. ganache (6035) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle, label is super heavy cardstock or something. Nose has lovely pine and citrus from the hops with mocha and light porterish roast notes, with just a hint of socky must, resultant blend is exquisite, probably the first ’Black IPA’ I’ve had to really emphasize the darker side of malt in the nose (as opposed to using flavorless de-bittered black malt). Pitch porter body with a dark brown imperial stout head. Taste is dark and very dry, light citrus from the hops is not sweet in the sugar way, but adds accent. Smooth, lasting ash for once doesn’t taste like it came from a cigarette, pine and caramel picking up in the midbody after a few ounces and soon roughhousing in the back. Very faint dark chocolate. Touch of rubber-glove astringency in the medium body that seems to be more appropriate to a double IPA, and a little too tannic-y. I like this a lot, but it’s missing something in between the two styles to tie them together (maybe tweak the hops?); this tastes more like a blend of two individually-made beers than a product of itself created synergistically. cheap (6016) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2010
This pours a beauty! Big black pour like an oily impy stout that appears to be used 90W shovelhead oil with a choco moose head, very attractive. I want to dip my tongue in there. First let me say that this is overall a very penetrating beer which I beleive to be in the wrong style. This IS an imp stout by all practicle measures. A mean old beer with a taste bud explosion! Ooooh baby, this comes across like a pine tree that was partially burned and then covered with pine tar. Big and bold! Roto-tilling rude for a lager lover. Good carbonation for such a heavy beer and I welcome that. Nasty long imp stout linger at the end of every gulp. This beer has a father that was an IPA bastard and a mother that was an imp stout bitch. What else can be said? IF you like impstout, you better get this from BarvarianPurity. I have to thank him for ruining my taste buds for the day, YOU ROCK! Quite a beer experience that I was glad to have! If this is an IPA, which it is not, its the best IPA I’ve ever tasted!