downender (6293) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, given to me by Jon Comer of Arbor - Thanks, Jon! Almost black in colour with an attractive, tight off-white head that lasted all the way down the glass. Big citrus, lime and grapefruit aroma with a touch of balancing fruit cake sweetness. Flavour had some chocolate and berry fruit, with more citrus hop, roasted malts and a lick of lactose sourness. Finish was pleasantly dry finish with a prickly edge. Great stuff.
ladnewton (1427) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at the CASK Pub & Kitchen on 3rd September 2011. Virtually black with thin grey head and lacing, particularly at first. Plenty of roast malts. Cofee and smoke in main kick and a richly bitter finish. Full-mouth engaging texture.
Leighton (11123) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle at CPK. Pours a semi-clear, dark ruby-brown with a strong, tan, creamy head. Light caramel and brown sugar in the nose, with some citrus hops. Sweet, malty flavor with some char and cocoa, followed by nice and fruity bitterness. Medium in body with fine carbonation and light warmth. Finishes smokey, with roasted malts and some light hops. Also some faint notes of cheese. Really, really good.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at the Cask n Kitchen thanks muchly to Nate.
Fully black with a thin beige head. Good looking beer. Excellent nose. Big English style hops with a bit of toffee but in perfect balance. Really good hints of leather and tobacco too. Good level of complexity. Flavour is similar, there’s just a hint of stewed apples that is doing it no favours at all and that’s a real shame. Great lick of sourness and some really good base malt coming through. You know what? This is a bloody good beer, the main thing holding it back for me is the total lack of finishing hops. With a kick of dry and bitter atthe finish it would be superb. As it is, it’s still really good. Top stuff.
maeib (8729) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned handpump Bree Louise London. A near black coloured beer with a nice whitish head and lace. Lovely grapefruity hoppy aroma. Excellent hops in the mouth too. A little yeasty note spoils it a touch. Definitely no roasty flavours here. A good full body. Tasty, but there’s just a little spoiler which takes it below some BIPAs I’ve had.
Garrold (1372) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Jug and Bottle, Bubwith. Dark ruby red. Beige, tight, creamy head. Looks good. Aroma is licorice with some coffee. The hops lend a decidedly minty element. Dark red fruit on top. Juicy, mouthwatering palate. Bitter, not overly dry finish. Liked it.
Beersiveknown (3017) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dusty Terry’s Chocolate orange on the nose with more pithy orange in the body and a dy chocolate sweetness.
Svesse (6163) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask at Cask P&K, Pimlico, London, 20 April 2012) Black colour with brief, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of pine needles, liquorice and coffee. Malty, roasted taste with coffee, pine needles, grapefruit, dark chocolate, vanilla and a generous piney, citric bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, slightly sweetish. Excellent black IPA with an impressive hop presence, backed up by a solid malt profile.
BenH (2343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with nice big cream head. Aroma is a tad weak but is a nice mix of floral and citrus hops with a little coffee. Taste has slightly soapy hops but nice, with coffee and a little licorice at the end. Nice body with a light bitterness, I’d prefer a little more bitterness. A decent black
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Black pour, thick fluffy off-white head. Soapy hops, lemon, touch of herbs (Rosemary? Thyme?) and a touch of coffee on the nose. Soft juicy bitterness. Soft roast malts, minty chocolate?! Hmm. Nice and juicy hop presence, soft lingering bitterness. Nice.