Stuu666 (6779) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, sweet roast, dry and bitter, light fruity hops.
rederic (3212) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, batch 606, dark brown color, with a big frothy tan head, with a light brown chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookie dough nose, with some lemon, lime rind, mild floral tropical fruit, citrus, leafy hoppy accents, and a roasted, chocolate, toasted malt, faint coffee note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, mild bitter dark chocolate, nice flowery tropical fruit, citrus, leafy, grassy hoppy character, with some lychee, green grapefruit, passion fruit, guava, lemon pie, soft roasted, chocolate, toasted, caramel malt, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookie dough, faint black coffee flavours, within a spicy lemongrass undertone, leading towards a yeasty, light chocolate cake dough, roasty maltiness, good intense lingering tropical fruit, citrus, leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish.
HenrikSoegaard (11756) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Darkchocolate and roast. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate.
Boutip (5223) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a large light brown foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with spicy hops presence is a bit off from the style. Taste is also a mix between some roasted malt notes with light hops presence with some light spicy notes which don’t really fits in that well. Body is light with good carbonation. Not bad but still a notch below other example of the style. Not sure if bottle is old or what but Simcoe hops really didn’t come through.
sir__v (1138) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Aux Six Roses, Lille - France. Color: opaque dark black beer with no carbonation and medium brown foam. Smell: rye bread and hoppy domination. Grassy and floral presence. Taste: nice malty taste with good hoppy taste dry and grassy. Good equilibrium. Aftertaste: dry bitterness with grass.
mkel07 (4343) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Brewhouse Brisbane 120614. Big tan foam head above a deep black beer. Decent flavour that fills the mouth.
jsquire (3759) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with ruby glints when held against the light. Huge foamy tan head. It took a while to coax the beer into the glass. Green hop and puffed grain nose. Very carbonated. Dark wet grains, chocolate ripe fruit, brown sugar, puffed wheat and burnt toast in the finish.
Maris (1172) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 500ml bottle on 12/5/2014 (batch number 606, BB 05/2014). Pours close to black with a big tan head. The aroma is a combo of roasted malt and fruity hops. Take a sip and you get some sweet caramel and toffee, stone fruit, followed by big firm bitterness which alternates between resin and grapefruit and roasty/burnt/coffee notes. The body is medium and it’s somewhat over carbed, which is the only real knock. A very tasty black IPA which could use just a few less bubbles.
_angst_ (3648) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of AndySnow IIRC. Pours reddish blackish with a huge frothy beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving some soapy trace on the glass. Smell is malty and tiny fruity with roasted malts, sweetened dark roast coffee, burnt cookies, pine needles, resinous wood, grapefruit juice, bitter chocolate and orange zest. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt cookies, dark roast coffee, grapefruit juice, ripe tropical fruits, orange zest, pine needles, resinous wood, bitter chocolate and ash. Mouthfeel is round, soft, astringent and medium bodied. Finish is bitter with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, pine needles, resinous wood, grapefruit rinds and unripe tropical fruits.
erickok (4322) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh hop aroma mixed with dark roasted malts. Resin, grapefruit and quite fresh. I love Black IPA aromas. Taste is nice, but expected a bit fuller palate and with more outspoken roasted flavours. (50cl bottle from Beer City)