FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is super chocolatey, some piney resiny hops behind the chocolate, but there is a ton of cocoa nibs and sweet roasted malts. Flavor starts sweet like cocoa powder, slowly gaining a sharp burnt character and then the citric and piney hops come to the front in the finish. Not too bitter, a little dry and fruitiness lingers. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Interesting beer. Not sure what to think of it, lots going on but it is fresh and quaffable. Onslow (1512) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Inky black brew with small tan head. Aroma is nicely balanced between roasted malts and moderate hops. Taste is like a hopped up but balanced stout or porter. Surprisingly nimble on the tongue and not heavy with either hops or heavy malts, this is a blend of sweet malt, dark roasted malt with bitter coffee and chocolate overtones and well balanced hops at the end that merge perfectly with the bitter malt tones. The lavender in the very finish was a surprise - quite noticeable though I did not identify it till I read the description. Truly a unique brew. olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2013
12 oz bottle with tan head. Roasted aroma with a bit of citrus. Smokey and roasted malt taste. juiceisloose (1500) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2010
12 oz bottle, courtesy StFun. Pours a nearly pitch black color and topped by a nice sized dark tan colored head of foam that shows great retention. The foam slowly receds and leaves nice thin rings of lace around the glass. It looks great, almost like a stout, but just not quite as thick looking. The aroma shows notes of pine and floral hops, bitter, black malts, and roasted dark cocoa. There is some toastes caramel malt sweetness in the as well. The flavor follows and shows nice bitterness from the floral and pine hops along with a good amount of roast from the dark cocoa and bitter black malts. The toasted caramel adds a touch of sweetness, and the hops add more bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied on the mouthfeel, smooth, with balanced carbonation and a roasty, bitter finish. This is a nice, tasty version of the black ipa. 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2011
I’ve been seeking out Black IPAs (CDAs, IBAs, what the hell ever) and so I found a local one. This was black as night like i wanted, and the malt bill was fairly clean, just a hint of roastiness. The hops weren’t big enough, which might just be my busted nose, but I didn’t get a big blast of grapefruit or pine like I wanted. This was a nice, easy going beer, sessionable at 6.5% and fairly bitter on the end, but I wanted more oomph I guess. Not bad though.
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, 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. 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. arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with little ruby highlights with nose tan head and lacing. Nose is big floral hops and little roast. Taste is nice and hoppy with some roast and chocolate. Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. Definitely balanced toward the hops. Nice black IPA. 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. bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a really dark and viscous with a tan head. Dusty dry cocoa, coffee, light nuttiness...not much in the way of hops. Thick mouth feel. Dusty bitter chocolate, inky, some light grassy earthiness in there and then a really bitter finish. Confusing beer.