thornecb (5994) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Pours black into a shaker. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Hot, roasted chocolate aromas. Thin with sweet dark caramel upfront turning to dark chocolate and espresso in the lasting finish. Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Almost black dark brown pour, short off-white head. Roasty with citrus and the herby, minty impression that black IPAs usually give me. Grapefruit with mild roasty coffee flavor, herbal and resin finish. Not all that bitter as IPAs go. A decent, approachable example of the style. jandd1983 (4446) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2011
It poured a dark brown color with tan head. The aroma was of toasted malt, pine and some grapefruit. The flavor was of the same, decent and not overwhelming. A good pitch black IPA.
Ibrew2or3 (8748) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
12oz bottle pours dark mahogany with mocha head. The aroma offers up a pretty good load of both spicy and earthy hops just after the pour. I also get much lesser amounts of pine, a dash of grapefruit and a sense of dark roasted malts. The taste is spicy and pine hop bitterness and flavor teaming up with a growing dark roasted maltiness. To midway a bit of floral hops comes to the surface as the maltiness begins to take on a dark chocolate malt quality. Into the finish I get lingering spicy hops, pine hops and a bit of grapefruit too. I do dig these Black IPA. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2011
12oz bottle poured into glass. Grabbed this one because I’ve never tried it, should have left it alone. Aroma was slightly hoppy while the flavor was bland with a slight hint of malt. Nothing too special here.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
12oz bottle. Large beige head atop red-dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some orange, roast. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, roast. Soft light-medium body, quite drinkable. Nothing fancy, just really tasty. ChainGangGuy (4908) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a scant, light beige-colored head depositing some sheer, gauze-like lace on the descent.
Smell: A sprinkling of licorice over energetically roasty malts hit the nostrils firstly, then notes of citrus, well-chilled coffee and a vague hint of muted chocolate and dark fruits.
Taste: Lightly sweetened, thanks-but-no-cream coffee, some subtle semi-sweet chocolate morsels, and, of course, the roasted malts. Very limited hint of dark fruit. A drop of lonely vanilla. Earthy, citrusy hops ricocheting between lemon and grapefruit. A blip of resin. Moderate bitterness. Sweet and fruity on the finish, though there is some encompassing, lingering bitterness present.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s got some punch to it, but it’s also still fairly smooth. These beers are going from unique to hackneyed in a real hurry with every brewery racing to produce one. BeerFanDan17 (1121) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Pint at Dunderbaks... nice hoppy arom with hints of caramel and citrus. Good malt balance too with slight bit of coffee. Yun! jgb9348 (6394) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, a ton of hops, grapefruit, pine and a dash of licorice and anise. Medium-bodied; A touch watery at first with a hop kick followed by a deep maltiness and a lingering oaky, dryness which actually goes nicely with the hops. Aftertaste is light and hoppy with a touch of pineapple and pine notes over top of the strongish malty vibe. Overall, a nice IPA, pretty true to the style with a bit less of an emphasis on hops, kind of like a mass-produced IPA in general, so I guess this is about right, considering all the variables. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 28-April-2011 for US$2.49 sampled at home in Washington on 17-June-2011. llcooldave (1219) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Slight burnt toast & herbs (oregano) aroma. Looks like black coffee in the glass with a soapy looking head. Flavor is a clean mix of burnt toast & bitter citrus notes. Overall, tasty and easy drinking.