Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a very dark red- brown color with a tan head. The aroma is alcohol, toffee and dark fruit. The flavor is toffee, alcohol, roasted malt and resiny hops. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good Black IPA, but not the best I have tried. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2010
bottle , thanks to thirdeye11, ruby brown color with aroma of cocoa , roasty nuts, flavors of chcolatey malts and some alcohol, even handed finish bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Chad) Pours a deep mahogany (near black) body with a medium cream head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, grass, and toasted rye bread. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, grass, light coffee, rye, and citrus with a dry, bitter finish. Nicely balanced. Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with an average fizzy brown head that was lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet toasted flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer and very complex as a draft.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2010
22oz bottle, handwritten "Cobain’s Ale" on a Walldorff Brewpub label. Big thanks to hoppymeal for this one.
Pours really close to black when sitting in the glass but shows through deep mahogany in the light. There is a thick creamy beige head that sticks to the sides of the glass and leaves great lacing.
The aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts and juicy citrus hops. Definitely cocoa powder and oranges and hints of grassy floral hops as well.
The taste has an initial kick of citrus hops, a slightly bitter grapfruit and orange flavor. There are some heavily roasted chocolate malts forming the backbone which gives way to a bitter, dry finish of cocoa and hops.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has a very creamy feel overall.
The dark IPAs are all the rage these days and this is one of the best ones I’ve tasted. It’s got tons of flavors that come together well into a very drinkable mixture. Thanks Derek!
LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma of roasted, charred malt and citrus hops. Flavor of citrus and bitter hops upfront followed by a wave of roasted, smoky malt. Pretty tasty and a nice black IPA.
7/4/8/4/14 [3.7/5] deyholla (11602) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2010
On tap. Poured dark brown with reddish hue (opaque edges) and a medium off-white head. Aroma had a nice combination of pine and grass hops with dark malts and a bit of coffee. Flavor began with some subdued pine hops and had building dark grains towards the finish with a hint of coffee. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2010
On tap at Walldorff, Hastings. Deep translucent red body, medium creamy tan head with good lacing. Rich, spicy hops nose, with citrus, pine, and toast, reminiscent of Founder’s Black Rye. Creamy body with a dense flavor profile, dominated by intense spicy, fruity, resinous citrus and pine hops, with some dark fruit and vinous characters evident near the end of the sip. Rindy, bitter finish. A rich, complex beer, the first true "destination beer" at Walldorff, and a great complement to their world-class baked beans... badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Double dark ipa. Pours Black with small head. Aroma of huge tropical hops, chocolate malt. Flavor is very similar. Mild malty beginning which leads to a crisp floral finish. Nice and creamy. Dense. Nice.