Marko (5701) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle from ogivlados trade with shrubber85 (huge thanks!)jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2013
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!
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of floral and lightly citrusy hops, some pale and dark malts, a little lavender, and some dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. A good black IPA, but I’m not sure how fresh this bottle was. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Dark black in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Dark malt backing and big hops forward taste. Love the finish and the overall Black IPA concept. hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Backlog rating year 2010. This bottled beer pours a small tan head with good retention, opaque body, fair amount of lacing, and a dark brown-black hue. The Aroma is malty, coffee, roasty, burnt, and hops. The Taste mimics the Aroma along with a rich taste. The Palate is fairly smooth and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this is a tasty beer, but the downside for me is that it is too roasty and burnt tasting. This beer is worth trying. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Got in trade from QueenHolly; THANKS Rebekah! Aroma of dark malt, pine, hops, birch, nuts, slight chocolate, slight roast, and slight pine. Poured black in color with a huge, foamy, frothy, brown head that diminished slowly but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of dark malt, roasting, pine, hops, slight chocolate, light citrus, nuts, and birch. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Dark malt, roast, hop, pine, light citrus, nut finish is lightly dry.
jsquire (4489) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Sampled at the ’13 Cincy Beerfest. Dark beer with a thin tan head. Dusty grain and hop pellet nose. Flavors of hop resin and pine over sweet caramel and coarse bread. Some roasted grain and burnt toast. The finish has some brunt caramel and grapefruit pith. rondphoto (4441) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2011
I saw IPA, and expected lots of hoppiness. Instead, I got an opaque black, full headed, big-laced, bitter porter/stout (or whatever you want to call it). It’s refreshing to have a full dark brew that isn’t run by coffee nad chocolate. Very drinkable, and a definite re-do. tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2013
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and dispensed to a shaker, showing a deep, black/brown color, with persistent, frothy, brownish tan head foam, and layering, sheet-like, lacing. The aroma was smooth, highly roasted, lightly burnt, with notes of coffee, cocoa & toffee, and a touch of treacle. The taste was dry, a little woody, with earthy & rindy bitterness, and lingering astringency that had some tanniny bite to it. Medium+ bodied, with average to soft carbonation, and a substantial, roasted malt content that was more prevalent than any "IPA" hoppiness, making it more of an aggressively hopped Porter to me. Maybe a bit unbalanced style wise, but still quite flavorful. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured dark brown (not quite full black) with a thin head. On par for the style, but no wow factor here. Not enough bitterness or dark malt flavor to make it stand out. And I didn’t get much lavender there either. If you’re into BIPAs/CDAs then this will do it for you, just don’t expect it stand out. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2010
tap at JK O’Donnelll’s in Ft Wayne - Pours near black with a lingering tan head. It smells of roast malt, coffee, and some slightly citrus accented hops. The flavor is roasty, earthy, and has a bitter chocolate character to it. Medium bodied and well, different.