WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12 oz. Bottle - Pours black with big tan head. Looks like a heavy porter/stout. Aroma is dark malts, coffee, big chocolate, earthy and citrusy hops. Taste is roasty, earthy, chocolate with a bit of earthy/citrusy hops on the back end. I’d say this is more of a hoppy ,sessionable Imperial porter or stout than a real BIPA. Mouthfeel is actually on thicker side, nearing syrupy consistency, medium carbonation. Nonetheless, tasty and highly drinkable. Koelschtrinker (20399) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 3, 2011
Dunkelhopfiger Antrunk, der eher in die Richtung eines Stouts als in die eines IPAs geht. Im Mittelteil überwiegen schokoladige Noten vor dem hier schwachen Hopfen. Etwas stärker ist die Bitterkeit, die sich hier langsam aufbaut um im Nachgeschmack wirklich präsent zu sein. Hier sind schokoladige Malzigkeit und trockener Hopfen gleichauf, dezente Röstnoten passen aufgrund der Trockenheit nur bedingt. Süffiges, gut gehopftes Stout. 12/12/11/12/11/12
BeerandBlues2 (13321) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle shared by nuplastikk. Pours black with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with excellent retention. Aroma is average malt (bread, roast, coffee), heavy hops (floral, citrus, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of prunes, raisins, and licorice. Flavor is average malt (bread, roast, coffee), heavy hops (floral, citrus, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of prunes, raisins, and licorice. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish. LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
On tap. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt initially with a citrusy, hoppy finish. Great black IPA, I loved both components of a robust ale plus IPA. Uber drinkable too.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Very dark black pour with a very faint light tan head. Strong hop aroma at first but the dark black malts shine through as well. Well balanced flavor, a combination of bitterness from the hops but some coffee bitterness as well from the dark malts. Finishes with a touch of sweetness. Medium body, I really enjoyed this beer. A good mix of dark malts and typical IPA goodness.
Scipio (1081) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Pours black with with a full, creamy, reddish tan head. It looks great. Aroma has roasted malts, pine, coffee, mild chocolate, and subtle grapefruit. The taste is heavy in pine that is balanced well with a roasted coffee taste. There is some smokiness in here, while I also find some light citrus undertones of grapefruit. Long roasted aftertaste. Medium in body, while having a more thick texture, with a good amount of carbonation. This is a solid beer, especially if you enjoy this style. paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Tap at the brewpub...jet black pour this has a floral hop aroma followed by a grassy, roasted, cocoa flavor. Complex flavor and a nice mouth feel this finished with a clean, bitter bite. Very drinkable and very good. bookman10 (1121) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Pours a dark black with minimal head. Nice bouquet of citrus hops and dark roasted grain. Flavor had touches of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and citrus from the hops and almost a hint of what I thought was mint, but must have been the lavender. Nice black IPA. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Thanks to deyholla for the bottle! Pours very black and viscous with a huge brown head. The aroma is roasted with dark chocolate, salty smoked meats, pine and citrus. The flavor is very roasted with smoked meats, charred wood, with a mild citric bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation and full bodied. 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.