mathieuc (3256) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Parker Pie. Pours a really dark brown, might as well say black, with a small cream-colored head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of green hops, roasted malt and light licorice. Taste is lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Flavors of pine, roasted malt (but no ash) and that’s about it. No harshness whatsoever. Body is on the light side and carbonation moderately high. Overall it was really nice and enjoyable, I’d buy that again!
3fourths (9107) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle-conditioned 500ml. Lightly hazed deep brown with a tall tan head of some retention. American hop impression is grass and resin, grapefruit and lychee. Esters are grape candy / purple drank. Malt is quiet chocolate and char and burnt biscuit with an odd note of sharp tire rubber. Velvety soft medium body, lightly sweet approach drying across the middle and back. It’s pleasantly savory but bitterness overpowers richness, and the drying, salty, bitter finish seems thin. Easy enough to mindlessly drink if you like rudely bitter beer, but I think showing the malt with more clarity would make for a better beer.
zvsn (1589) - ISRAEL - APR 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks kerenmk. Pours brown with a huge beige head. Smell of piney hops and roasted malt. Sweet malty flavors with notes of fruits, roast, caramel and soy, a bit salty, medium bitterness. Medium-bodied, dry aftertaste.
TimE (4959) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy brown color with tanned head. Big massive hoppy nose with lots of grapefruit and cotton candy jumping out. Big caramel, chocolate malt and toffee character give this beer a big malty balance. First sip is all hops though with tons of candied apples and grapefruit character. Very well made with both hop and malt characters well defined.
kerenmk (4035) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Yoav’s place. Thanks Papsø. Dark brown, opaque, with a frothy off white head. Hoppy lemon and pine aroma, lemongrass and sage. Very mild bitterness, fruity with some dates in the mouth. Medium-to-full body, bitter finish.
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Yoav’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Black with a beige head. Aroma of piney and "green" hops, slightly stale and soapy, with some roast. Roasty flavor with faint sweetness, piney and "green" hops, and nice bitterness. Medium-bodied. Decent.
Ernest (7284) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot, resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
Fairly decent nose and appearance gets things off on the right foot...good balance of roasty malt and varied hoppy notes...not a lot of depth, but pleasant. Sadly, though, it’s rather caustic in the mouth...quite sour and astringent, and overly bitter as well. So it’s not much fun to drink. Overall just ok.
drpimento (3077) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great looking beer, with super fresh hop aroma, and the hard to achieve clean finish in a black ipa. On the other hand, not all that much malt character. Excellent body with a little alcohol warmth. Very easy drinking.
Nevalainen (580) - FINLAND - MAR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy black color with off white head. Aroma is clear citrus. Taste is sour with clear citric note. Very good beer.
Bamsen78 (5010) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy black with airy tan head. Clear aroma of hops and citrus, with notes of malt and fruit. Bitter, intense, hoppy flavour with notes of citrus, complemented by sweetish touches of yeast and malt. Hints of liquorice. Bitter aftertaste with citric hints. Good stuff.