LtDan (1808) - 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. jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Black with tan head. Nose of hops and roasted chocolate malts. Taste is roasted chocolate malts, lavender, coffee and hops. Medium bodied. PhilDBrewer (61) - 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 (6382) - 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 (1179) - 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.
bdluttrull (1) - USA - FEB 5, 2010 does not count
Stumbled upon this in a pick-six. Bottle.
VERY dark, very deep beer. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with a long finish. Strong, with hints of coffee and smoke. GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle shared with wolf... sent by stfun. Poured into a pint glass, big head, nice dark chocolate color. Doesnt smell hoppy...lots of roasted malts. Taste is lots of roasted malts with some hops... wouldnt really consider it a "IPA". Just a nice stout with a good amount of hops, lost of roasted malts, light coffee and chocolate. Smooth creamy texture.. Nice brew. Thanks Josh! Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Bottled. This sucka poured inky black with a deep brown head.. this screamed "stout" from the appearance, and I love stout. The aroma picked up greener floral and citrus hoppage over a bed of roasted semi-sweet chocolates.. nutty notes, vanilla, and caramel accented.. outstanding! The flavor found dark chocolate and lesser coffee at the core.. nice roast, but the malts seemed a little stale.. heavy bitterness around, mostly floral and earth, with a little spicy pine.. roasty and bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied with decent balance on the palate.. dry and grainy overall.. very bitter, especially as it warmed up. I’m not a big fan of black IPAs, but this was probably the best I’ve found. misterbeer (528) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2010
12 ounce bottle A dark black pour brown head. Taste of wood,roasty, some chocolate, finishes with a bitter coffee taste. Not at all what i expected but really good. nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Draft at Dexters. Pitch black color with an oily head. Sweet chocolate malt over a solid hoppy base. An interesting style, captures the qualities of a Black and an IPA quite well. Mild enough to be sessionable but still full bodied and flavorful. Good beer.