Strykzone (7807) - 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 (15150) - 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 (10000) - 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 (8037) - 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. gabbama (210) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2013
Pours pitch black with a creamy light brown head. Dark rotated malt aroma with citrus and floral hops. Flavor is almost burnt malt with some hops. The body is thinner than I would have liked, but the finish is nicely long and roasted. Overall, it’s good, but not as good as I expected.
EamonTheGreat (164) - USA - JAN 31, 2014
Had this on draft at Yogis in Bloomington. Pours pitch black with a thin white head. A fairly malty aroma. Once drank this beer comes on string from the beginning. Not as smooth as I would like, but the balance of flavor is nice at the finish. Very bitter at the beginning, but after a few sips you start to appreciate the balance and complexity this ale brings.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JPDIPSO (6298) - 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
JesusPooped (40) - Bay View, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Bottled January 2010. Always appreciate when brewers present that info. Pour looks like you are about to drink a stout. Beautiful brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma reminded me of a citrus stout, not to much hops. Taste correlated with aroma, some light stout malts, with a hint of citrus, maybe some licorice. Expected much more of a hop profile then what was presented. A black ale would be a more accurate description of this beer than a black IPA. Props to Upland for brewing something different. sloth (2957) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Dead turtle aroma? Caught me offguard with that one Brian. Next time i,m out drivin and see one of them poor little buggers splattered all over the road i,m gonna hafta pull over and get me a whiff of that so i know where yer coming from. Does the age of the road pizza turtle matter? Is a box or snapper gonna have the same qualitys? Yer killin me brah!! WooHoo WTF! Small tan head with fair retention. I believe the darkness of this brew overides the IPAness of it all. Gotta say i enjoyed it any way. Roast and chocolate, dry maltiness, Caramel, some burnt, some patent, chalkiness and a hint of citrus rasttling around in there. Dry finish, good bitterness. I was kinda diggin it. Wanna redo! Still gotta know what dead turtle smells like. Props to Robert for sharing. bvc (1244) - 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.