Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 22, 2017
Poured into a pint glass at the brewery, the appearance was pure black in color with a small white foamy head. Subtle lace.
The aroma had some harsh grapefruit bittersweet hops up front, fairly determined to try and lean towards the bitter side but still embracing a nice sweetness underneath.
The flavor was basically the same with a semi-abrupt little bit of black licorice to lend a sly little kick of spice. Mostly balanced in the aftertaste. Mild sectioned off spicy to sweet finish, weird.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent flow from the spice kick to the sweet smooth, really nicely done balanced sort of feel to it.
ABV felt good.
Overall, so is this supposed to be the standard of Black IPA’s, if so, thank you Greg Noonan. I hope I gave you the service you deserve by having this. omhper (25541) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Keg at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington. Black, small head. Grapefruity licorice aroma. Mid dry with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Caramel and licorice. Resiny bitter finish. Rough. Drake (14058) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2015
New England Bucket List Trip #138. Keg at the brewpub. Pours a dark ruby with a thin creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, earth, citrus hops. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, earthy hops. Medium bodied, well balanced, mild lingering bitterness. SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft. Dark pour with a small off white head. Nose is roasty malts with piney hop notes. Flavors of dark roasts and light sugars.
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on tap-pours black with a light brown head that laces. Aroma is roasty dark malt. Taste is roasty/ashy dark malt, 2nd earthy hops.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2011
On cask at the brewery. Black color with a light head. Light coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Citrus and touch of pine. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
In short: A straightforward and very resinous Black IPA. AcceptableLubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2010
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Black body topped by a long-lasting small tan head
In long: Nose is mostly hops resin over a black cake. Taste is more of the same. Pleasant full body with plenty of black cake (not quite chocolaty) followed by a lot of hops resin. Nothing wrong with resinous hops but here, that’s all there is, hops resin. Very light fruity notes. Sticky mouthfeel. I enjoyed it a bit but only because I’m a sucker for Black IPAs. This is a below average Black IPA. Another “just ok” pint of beer that I did not really need to drink. The girlfriend thinks I drink too much, but at least *I am* doing something to make her more attractive.
A deep dark IPA with a thin lacing moka head. Light chocolate and malt in aroma, with faint British hops, and fusel alcohol. In mouth, burned wood over crisp bitter chocolate, loads of bilous notes, caramel, unbalanced. On tap at brewpub, Jan. 11 2010. Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
Robe noire aux reflets bruns surmontée d’une mousse beige crémeuse qui persiste. Arômes de houblon amérisant et de malt rôti. Saveurs de houblon amérisant fruité, de malt rôti, de malt chocolat et de carton. VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Sample at the VTBrewfest - Poured a quite dark brown (almost black) in color; unusual for an IPA. Had a nice thick tan head and decent lacing. Aroma was yeasty/earthy and hops with some darker roasted malts mixed in. Flavor reminded me more of a porter than an IPA, except for the substantial hopping. Citrus and hops in the finish. Unusual and quite good...