madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Bottle - Pours black with a frothy brown head. Smells of peaty, smoky malt with some citrusy hops underneath it all. Taste falls a little flat, with lots of milkiness, the same smoky, peaty malt, and some herbal hops. Smooth and fairly full-bodied, this was pretty good. Not sure how I feel about the black IPA, but it was interesting. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle bonus thanks to Stfun! Dark black pour, tons of carbonation and a slightly hoppy aroma. Flavor starts with dry roasted malts, coffee, smoke and slightly herbal on the finish. Very enjoyable and unique beer, worth trading for in my opinion. juiceisloose (1543) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2010
12 oz bottle, courtesy StFun. Pours a nearly pitch black color and topped by a nice sized dark tan colored head of foam that shows great retention. The foam slowly receds and leaves nice thin rings of lace around the glass. It looks great, almost like a stout, but just not quite as thick looking. The aroma shows notes of pine and floral hops, bitter, black malts, and roasted dark cocoa. There is some toastes caramel malt sweetness in the as well. The flavor follows and shows nice bitterness from the floral and pine hops along with a good amount of roast from the dark cocoa and bitter black malts. The toasted caramel adds a touch of sweetness, and the hops add more bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied on the mouthfeel, smooth, with balanced carbonation and a roasty, bitter finish. This is a nice, tasty version of the black ipa. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle. Black brown with a moderate brown head and a little lacing. Aroma is roasty coffee and something fruity/floral. There’s something in the aroma very familiar, pulling up a long lost memory, but I can’t nail the smell. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, and a light bitter hop finish. Very nice. shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle. Dark chocolate, anise, and mild astringent alcohol aroma with a hint of lavender. Opaque black color with large tan head. Mildly sweet cocoa malt initially with a strong bitter grapefruit peel finish. Medium body. Pretty good.
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2011
1/2 growler courtesy of stfun. Pours dark brown woth a rocky tan head. Smells of resiny hops, sage, pine, roasted malt. Tastes of earth, chocolate, pine, molasses, some smoky hints on the finish. thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass courtesy CarlyRaes. My first true black IPA. I’m not a fan of the darker malt beers but had to give this one a chance due to the extreme hop additions. The pour is extremely black with a medium tan head. The aroma was the best part with the faint hint of soy, charred pine and light citrus. A very light body but definite roast taste upon first taste. The carbonation is nice and something I normally wouldn’t expect with the flavor profile. The finish is a very pronounced semi-sweet chocolate that is almost like the chocolate were left on the stove top 3 minutes too long. An interesting brew but based on my tastes it is not one I would seek out in the future. nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2011
12oz bottle pours an oily, opaque black with a thin, beige head. Looks like a stout. Roasty, nutty, coffee aroma, light citrus. Flavor has a shot of lemony hops with some coffee bitterness, nutty, roasted grains, burnt toast, light molasses. The definitely helped to round things out a bit. Medium bodied. Not at all an IPA, a nice stout. rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2011
I saw IPA, and expected lots of hoppiness. Instead, I got an opaque black, full headed, big-laced, bitter porter/stout (or whatever you want to call it). It’s refreshing to have a full dark brew that isn’t run by coffee nad chocolate. Very drinkable, and a definite re-do. madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
bottled. Black coloured. Huge brown dense head. quite lively pour. Aroma of roast, vague smoke, cocoa, herbs and some spice. Flavour of cocoa, roast, herbs, spice and some flowers. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a chocolatish and roasted bitterness.