StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Solid offering from Upland. From bottle. Pours a deep brown color, slightly hazy, with a pencil thin head and a little lacing. Aroma is good, a nice chunk of roasted nuts and burnt biscuits with a nice backbone of sharp hops and a hint of butterscotch. Flavor is slightly sweet and bitter , with some nice chocolate notes. Slightly oily on the palate. Nice. Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle thanks to Gabe and Stfun, thanks guys! Poured black with tan head. Aroma was roasted malt and chocolate with some coffee. Taste was similar with an oily finish. overall not a bad beer but nothing I am looking for again. 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. pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Pours black with a long lasting brown head. Good lacing down the glass. Big citrus hops aroma with some chocolate and caramel malt in the nose. Light in body, medium carbonation, and long finish. Citrus hops upfront with caramel and chocolate malt sweetness in the middle. Finishes with roasted and astringent. Almost an even balance between an IPA and roasty porter. The astringency on the back end was a bit strong. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown with a light and fizzy off-white head. Hoppy and slightly smokey aroma with a lightly sweet malt balance. Very herbal and floral flavor at the beginning with that light malt coming up in the middle and leading to a lightly bitter and flowery finish.
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. Strykzone (7307) - 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. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 30, 2012
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Black - brown head. Burned malts, coffee, nutty, ok bitterness, licorice, ok hoppy, a bit simple - but ok. 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 7/4/6/2/12AirForceHops (7144) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2013
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.
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.