imdownthepub (10986) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at The King’s Head, Leicester. Black with cream head. There are bitter chocolate notes from the start, quite dry and full, there is a lingering hoppy note alongside the dark roasted malts, some fruitiness. Very pleasant indeed.
Benzai (9433) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home the day my first child, a son, was born. Dark red-brown (when your glass is half full) to almost black (when your glass is full) color with a nice dark red glare coming through, average sized off-white head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is malts, hops, roasted malts and some liquorice hints. Taste malts, roasted malts, hops, citrus lightly, good solid malt bitter and roasty bitter. Good balance between fruity hops and roasted malts and spectacularly flavorful for a beer of only 4.8% ABV. Solid body too with suitable carbonation. Very well done imo. Or perhaps I’m just overwhelmed by the events of today. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.
oh6gdx (21562) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (Ales By Mail). Black colour with a small beige head. Aroma is citrusy, some liquorice, mild ashy notes as well as some floral and mild toasted notes. Flavour is liquorice, toasted malts, some ashes, zest, chocolate and some mild ripe fruits as well.
gunnar (5975) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from Ales By Mail. Pours almost pitch black with a small creamy tanned head. Slightly roasted aroma with some dark chocolate and liquorice. Taste is weak roasted dark malts, coffee, liquorice, good body considering the abv, well suitable carbonation level, lingering liquorice and weak tar. Very good.
olio (6912) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle.
Pours black color with a small head. Orange and some licorice on the nose, mild hop notes and faint malty tones. Orange and mandarin on the flavor, subtle licorice, slightly burnt malt notes and distant chocolate on the finish. Bitter palate, slightly thin which was kind of expected, lingering bitter fruity finish. Decent.
johndoughty (4148) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black and lively on opening. Some citrus and hops with a dry finish. Plenty of body and a reasonable all round drink.
NancyBoyDIY (5) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many assumptions will be made on first appearance; a long history of specialism and seclusion comes with any dark beer. Alechemy destroys boundaries with it’s battering ram of hops, sweetness and surprisingly light touch on your palate. Some hybrids offer the worst of both worlds; this is no marriage of convenience, this is a loving relationship, a real life odd couple. Over-consumption of its qualities, however, may lead to ruin. Start the evening off with this modern classic and you will provide yourself with the solid footing necessary for any substantial session of note.
AdiBeer (1760) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: citrus fruits, grapefruit, liquorice, some chocolate. Appearance: clear, dark amber, medium, frothy, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: bitters coming up very quickly, malts remain in the background, roasted flavours. Overall: incredibly nice Black IPA, excellent aroma. Pint at The Fox, Haggerston.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6521-20140710] Cask. Smoked wood plank aroma has a nice chocolate malt undertone. Hazy, dark cola body with a medium-lasting tan head. Bitter smoked wood grain flavour has a mild fruity aftertaste. Full body. Tasty, nice hoppy profile. (8/3/8/3/16) 3.8
(Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014 @ Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland)
lusikka (6738) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a minimal white head. Aroma of roastiness, leather, licorice and some chocolate. Flavour of roastiness, burnt bread, salt, licorice, some earth and bitterness. Medium bodied. Nice roasty and lingering bitter finish. Considering the ABV this is excellent.