SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Glad this finally came in at the bottle shop near me. Awesome hop explosion on the nose and the palate. With that kind of hop blast, you would think its overly dry or bitter, but it wasn’t. It was smooth as the malts mellowed out the finish. Just awesome beer. TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown (not black, like most Black IPAs), with a medium head and a fair bit of sediment. Looks kind of like a barleywine in the glass. Powerful aroma, with caramel malts and assertive floral/pine hops vying for attention. Flavor is more hop-driven, with a stronger malt backbone than most IPAs, but less maltiness than most other Black IPAs. A bit astringent on the finish. A solid but not outstanding example of the style. shonobiwan (219) - Sound Beach, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Long Island, NY - 12 oz. bottle poured a cola color with a hint of dark burgundy with decent off white head and minimal lacing. Though this is suppose to be a Black IPA aroma was more like a dark ale with dark fruit overtones and with a hint of hops. The taste was the same. Interesting beer, definitely worth revisiting.
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Pours a dark reddish-brown with a big frothy tan head. Overwhelming scent of pine and hops. Taste is hops, hops, hops & HOPS. There is some mild maltiness that balances out the long, bitter finish but this beer is very intense and overwhelming. I’m not too sure about this beer. Perhaps just not in the mood for this style, Sadly this is the only one i have. BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - DEC 23, 2010
Sip this one slowly or you could miss all of the notes this beer has to offer. A lot of character and very satisfying. My new favorite beer. I probably would have never tried it either if I hadn’t lived previously.
kimjongill (207) - - NOV 19, 2012
From bottle. Dark amber/brown pour with nice tan head. Not very clear but could be chill haze. Nice hop aroma. Good flavor and mouthfeel. A little lingering bitterness, but good balance between malts/hops overall. smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
WOW! This pours out an amazing dark brown with great foam. It is like drinking a stronger version of hopdevil with a much maltier taste to it. Amazing beer. shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Pours a dark roasted amber with a french vanilla head. The aroma is a pronounced pine crusted scent that reminds me of the holiday season. The initial hit to the palate is a stick of hoppy dynamite with loads of pine and sap coasting down the gullet.. The aftertaste is greatly prounounced with a malty flavor of marshmallows and syrup as seems to be the trend with most east coast coated IPAs and such. Good but a bit much on the malts as it dances dangerously close to porterville. Good, yes... Great, ehhhh.. maybe... Still the high degree of alcohol difficulty is a positive. nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Thanks bro! Pours dark ruby to brown with a wet tan head. Sweet malty and hop aroma. Initially very hoppy and bitter but mellows out into a warm woody finish with some lingering bitterness. Slightly sharp but foamy. Haven’t had too many black IPAs but I think this was a good choice. rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
12oz btl. Pours a deep clear copper with a frothy off white head.. Aroma of oily hops and some sweet caramel. Really nice hop aroma something crisp, resiny and refreshing about it. Starts with nice caramel and toffee malt notes followed up by a nice crisp hop kick with a pleasantly bitter finish. A great balance between roasty malt and fresh hops. A great unique IPA.