Appearance: Pours a reddened brown black with a thick creamy almost maple syrup colored head and a thick and runny lacing.
Smell: Malty sweet up front with a slight bitter tinge in the back of the smell. The smell is definitely soft for an IPA, though it’s black characteristics suggest a stronger malt flavoring.
Taste: Smoked malts hit you pretty fast. It’s wonderfully smokey like a camp fire with a burning bear inside of it, only without the burning bear smells. It has a fizzing bitter back end to the taste that is partially the smoked malts but mostly the hoppy bite expected in an IPA. It is definitely more malty than hop based, but that definitely works with this beer.
Mouthfeel: Thick and crisp on the tongue with a bubbly carbonation. This beer is clean and watery, but weighs heavier on the back of the tongue.
Overall: This is an excellent beer with wonderful smoked flavoring. While the smoked malts seem to be covering up the hops bitter bite, but it still ends with a nice IPA bite. It’s a little less bitter than I’d expect in a Black IPA, so I’d call it more of a smoked ale than an IPA but is fantastic in its uniqueness and full flavored taste. Great beer.