Travlr (24781) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle at CaptainCougar’s local tasting, thanks! Extremely dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of burnt chocolate. Taste is licorice, burnt espresso. Nice. bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
12 ounce bottle, bottled in December 2010 so I know it’s not exactly fresh. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. At this point, the aroma seems more like a slightly hoppy porter now, not that it’s a bad thing. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some piney hops. The hops do come out a little more in the taste. It tastes like pine hops, roasted and burnt/charred malt, chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good brew, although I would like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future. Definitely worth trying, I liked it. Chudwick (3207) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12oz bottle - pours black with nice beige head and great lacing. Nose is chocolate and light spruce. Flavor adds roasted malts and coffee. Light sweet with stronger bitterness. Dry finish with roasty aftertaste. Smooth and medium to full body. Definitely liking the style more and more. Usually overlook the brewer, but I’ll keep an eye out now. JonnyMadison (87) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle. Poured jet black, very dark and opaque, with tan head. Aroma is earthy, like grass, Flavor is very strong, but not overwhelming, hops balanced very smoothly. I haven’t tried many black IPAs, but this one appeals to me a lot. Mouthfeel is anything but thin. Bitter finish, a little bit of an aftertaste, but all around very nice! 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.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Number One Snitches!!
Appearance: As I was pouring this in my pint glass, it totally reminded me of pouring a can of Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. It really looked like motor oil. Atop lies a thin tan cap of suds.
Aroma: Big roasty notes, like a dry stout or porter and a little bit of citrus.
Taste: A mouthful of coffee and dark burnt malts, piney bitter hops and citrus zest in the finish. The roast and burnt malts dominates the flavor for me. Please don’t be grossed out, but when I burp, I get that hop profile that is dominated initially by the malt bill.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: If you take the name IPA off of the beer, and just worry about what it tastes, looks, and smells like, you have a champion. As far as Black IPAs, this was more black and less IPA than others I have tried. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Pours pitch black with a fully receding mocha head. Notes of chocolate, toffee, citrus, pine, herbs and vegetable. Medium to full bodied with moderate resins and lively carbonation. PhilDBrewer (50) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 Beer pours with a frothy yellow head. Appearance is dark black - looks great. Roasty nose, but where are the hops?Tastes of roasted malts. Bitter on the back end. Plenty of bitterness, but hop flavor and aroma remains hidden. Good body, excellent mouthfeel.Overall, good beer but I miss the floral, aromatic hoppiness that I enjoy in an IPA. kaser (6312) - 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 bpar73 (1118) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with a small tan head. Dark malt, hops, roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma and taste. Almost as much of a hoppy porter/stout than an black IPA. Very good beer.