North Carolina is teaching me a lot about beer and raptor pairings. Dark scaled raptors with fire eyes obviously pair well with black IPAs… Like Cretaceous by Aviator Brewing Company for instance. This beer already scores points with me for coming in a 16 ounce can, the perfect beer serving size. So without further adieu, let’s fire up this prehistoric sweet 16 party!
This black IPA pours a solid black…. Imagine that. There is a slight redish brown tint to it when the light catches it on the edge. The head is relatively thin and creamy with a substantial lasting presence. The aroma is dominated by notes of chocolate/cocoa with light hints of citrus, kind of like one of those chocolate oranges but more like what a chocolate lemon might smell like.
The flavor profile is decidedly baker’s chocolate with a light, lemony undertone. The finish includes aspects of toasty nuttiness and coffee with a resurgence of cocoa. There may be some light sweetness in there, but it’s pretty bitter all the way through with a lingering aftertaste. These malty flavors add a fairly rigid backbone to the body of this beer.
Cretaceous Black IPA boasts some seriously intense malt flavors with the hops playing more of a supporting role than other black IPAs. I also found it interesting that it is almost completely devoid of any sweetness. Bitter, black raptor would be proud. You should probably drink this with pork, and it should probably be BBQ.
- Appearance: Black
- Aroma: Chocolate & citrus
- Flavor: Baker’s chocolate, lemon, toasty nuttiness, coffee
- Mouthfeel: Medium plus
- ABV: 5.3%
- Size/Price: 4pk 16 oz. / $9 – $10
- Score: 85