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 (1302) - 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 (6372) - 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. esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Black with a thin tan head that slowly fades into as thin layer that reminds me a bit of chocolate milk. Aroma of dark malts with some citrus and pine behind them. A bit of roasted malt comes through as it warms, some coffee too. Taste is more black than IPA with dark roasted malts, coffee (acidic), a touch of caramel. Light citrus and pine intermingle, though they are a bit milder than other versions I’ve had of the style. Faint non-lasting bitterness finish things off.
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
The brew pours dark coffee brown with a tan head, smaller though. The aroma is smoky and light peat notes. The flavor is light coffee, roastiness with some light hop notes to end. I expected more hops in this style though, but it is smooth, and a bit creamy and delicious. Tmoney99 (15130) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and light hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Very good brew that I would recommend to a freind.
Marko (6290) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle from ogivlados trade with shrubber85 (huge thanks!)CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Wow, this isn’t even all that common! Anyway. Opened with a loud pop and poured a black body slightly tinged with amber over the edges and an enormous grey-ochre head that went away painfully slowly. The nose was pungent however, chewy, sweet, roasty and malty with chocolatey and coffeeish notes. Fresh taste, dark chocolate (99% cocoa or something like that), damn roasty. Black I was getting in the start, but the IPA part has eluded me for awhile, until some tropical or maybe, yeah, lavender! notes popped up mingling with the roast as it warmed. Those vague herbal notes are the only thing that made this a Black IPA. Still, this is a very good beer, no matter the style and I definitely wouldn’t mind drinking this again!
Bottle shared by nuplastikk: Pours an opaque black with a full-lacing froth of light brown head. Has a fresh resiny citrus and piny hop nose with a touch of dark malty sweetness. Starts with good fullness and fresh resiny hoppy flavor with a toasty dark caramel malty sweetness before a drier slightly warming bittersweet finish. A true to style and drinkable black IPA. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Got in trade from QueenHolly; THANKS Rebekah! Aroma of dark malt, pine, hops, birch, nuts, slight chocolate, slight roast, and slight pine. Poured black in color with a huge, foamy, frothy, brown head that diminished slowly but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of dark malt, roasting, pine, hops, slight chocolate, light citrus, nuts, and birch. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Dark malt, roast, hop, pine, light citrus, nut finish is lightly dry.