ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2013
FROM NOTES: August 2, ’12
A: Heavily roasted presence with citrusy freshness from the leafy hops.
A: Pours a non-transparent black with a solid tan colored head that dissipates slowly, leaving lacing clinging to the glass.
T: Light flavor of roasted malts followed by pine and citrusy hops. There is a mild burnt bitterness with notes of coffee and cocoa.
P: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky
O: GOD DAMN, I love American Black Ale! Delicious, well-balanced, beautiful, and fantastic smelling. Definitely drinkable. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
on tap-tight retaining brown-black. A-roasty/cocoa-dk malt. T-roasty/cocoa-dk malt/oat, 2nd hop bite-citrus? tmoreau (4374) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2013
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and dispensed to a shaker, showing a deep, black/brown color, with persistent, frothy, brownish tan head foam, and layering, sheet-like, lacing. The aroma was smooth, highly roasted, lightly burnt, with notes of coffee, cocoa & toffee, and a touch of treacle. The taste was dry, a little woody, with earthy & rindy bitterness, and lingering astringency that had some tanniny bite to it. Medium+ bodied, with average to soft carbonation, and a substantial, roasted malt content that was more prevalent than any "IPA" hoppiness, making it more of an aggressively hopped Porter to me. Maybe a bit unbalanced style wise, but still quite flavorful. CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Lots of malt, chocolate, perhaps coffee. Some hops, citrus, maybe floral. A good beer to try. jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle. Opaque deep brown body approaching black. Frothy, tan head, slowly diminishing. Very inviting. The aroma is pure stout with notes of roasted and burnt grain, mild coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. Just a hint of flowers and pine. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Long finish of bitterness which serves to remind you that this is an IPA, but it is no more bitter than many stouts. In fact, there are not a lot of IPA characteristics that come to the forefront. Flavor is overwhelmingly roast/burnt malts and bitterness.
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Roasty nose with some char and dank. Black pour with a nice brown head. The flavor is big on roast, char, touch of burnt/smoke, and danky bitterness in the finish. Very stout like in flavor, hoppy, but not in ipa category imo, but with a strangely thin body. Lingering charred mouthfeel. Weird, confused beer. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
aroma is good general roast and bakers chocolate. appearance is opaque with filthy head of good size but less retention and some lacing. flavor is excellent balance of roast softness with some java notes and plenty of unsweetened cocoa - up against bracing bitterness with buried citrus and hint of pine. this is not an IPA nor black IPA (nor does that style even exist, arguably), this is simply a well structured and fun porter. jake65 (3701) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle: Looks like a porter, plain and simple. Thin creamy brown head on a dark brown body... pure deception of what’s to come. Nose is light citrus and heavy roast, followed by a similar taste. Citrus, light floral twinge, heavy roast, and faint coffee. The florals really come through well and the roast right there. Nice interpretation of the style. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
perfect example of why i dont like this style. just doesnt work together, almst tastes like a decent ipa, then almost like a decent porter, then just falls flat and makes you not even want another sip. astringent, hot, roasty, yuck. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2010
12 oz bottle from a coworker. Poured dark brown with ruddy hues...very small beige head. Looks and acts like a porter but still has that IPA background. Aroma of sweet smoky chocolate malts and hints of hops. Simple yet very palatable. This drinks easy and smooth a taste of smokey and roasted malt. Clear your mind about this being an IPA. This black IPA isn’t my first but sure has changed my preception of what black IPAs are.