after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
12. thanks, ben! pours black with a loose dark tan ring of foam. big toasty coffee nose. creamy medium body, lively carb. toast and coffee on the mid palate. longish ashy patenty finish. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2010
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: HOLY COW, this is so similar to my Dance of the Dead homebrew it floored me. I did a "clone" before I ever tasted the similar commercial product! A true Cascadian Dark Ale, yeah BABY!!! lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Very deep almost opaque hue with a lovely creamy tan head which left good lace upon the glassware. The aroma is grassy. resiny, and fruity PNW and noble hops, slightly dank and catty too. There is plenty of charred Black Patent malt along with some nutty, chocolate and caramel vapours, light tar, liquorice, and flowery esters as well. The taste matched the nose, sharp and dank resiny hop bitterness, some ashy black, brown chocolate and nutty malts, hint of coffee, clove and anise spiciness. The appearance, aroma and taste are very similar I would have hard time telling which is which (mine has a bit more malty roundness and alcohol bite). The mouth feel is the one area there is a difference. The Upland version is a bit more sharper, thinner-bodied, and cleaner while both have a noticeable black malt astringent finish.
I happen to love most of these CDA’s (aka Black IPA’s/Overamped and overhopped Porters and Stouts)... whatever. I want more commercial example. CDA WILL BE A STYLE on ratebeer with a few years know that.
Black with a brown cover. Aroma is more roasty, bitter astringent malt. Taste is roasty, coffee, burnt, bitter malt and hop finish. kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Draft. At Upland Tap Room in Bloomington, IN. Poured into a pint glass a dark cola like brown color with a tan head. Aroma is not as hoppy I would have thought but roast and licorice. Medium moutfeel. Subtle roast flavors with a fairly strong hoppy bitter bite at the end. Nice lace. Overall, would have liked to have more of a hop presence but drinks easy. WolfsBlood84 (183) - 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 (22074) - KÃ¶ln (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 (14018) - 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 (4231) - 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 (1274) - 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.