RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, - OCT 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 330ml. Almost black with a small off white head. ’More Black Eyed than PA’ was my first comment on the taste. Hops on the nose, but predominant flavour is roast, slightly smoky malt. A touch of dry hoppiness to finish.
Garrold (630) - 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.
Beese (940) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at the Euston Tap, London on 15 June. Dark beer with an off-white head. Hop aroma, which isn’t overpoweringly strong. Nice bitter taste with coffee and dark chocolate bitterness along. Palate loses some of the intensity, but is quite rounded.
mR_fr0g (1793) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the euston tap. Hazy caramel black very little cream head little lace. Aroma is sweet citrus hop very soft roast and a touch of mineral. Flavour is some sweet caramel lemon and peach. Very soft roast in the tail. Chalky palete. Assertive bitterness, but pretty low. Decent beer. Happily drink a few of these.
johninmelb (1117) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intriguing nose with strong licorice notes freshened by zesty grapefruit hops. The flavour is intense - strong dark notes with coffee and chocolate at the front with a subtle back note of citrussy hops with some lime, some papaya and some orange peel. It lacks a little in the balance and there are better BIPAs out there - Thornbridge Raven for example stands out, as does Brewdog Libertine - but nevertheless this is a fine effort.
Scopey (5296) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Hanging Bat, Edinburgh. It pours darkest ruby with a medium light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, earth, liquorice, peppery and a touch of farmyard. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, pine, liquorice, varnish, bitter cocoa and scortched earth with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty tasty.
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stout like appearance. Minimal head, nice creamy mouth-feel. Blindfold you’d think this was an ipa without doubt. Some additional sweetness and minerality perhaps, but not much. Decent but not worth much of a detour
allmyvinyl (1854) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the York Tap.Good blackness, thin white head, good lacing. Nose is hops, taste is more hops, but well balanced. Slightly sweet finish.
BlackHaddock (3164) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
28th April 2012: half pint, cask.
Dark body, black as black can be in fact: good full cream coloured head which produced some strong, thick lacing.
The nose was a mix of coffee and semi-citrusy hops: neither really strong, but just about findable.
The taste was a similar mix with the coffee coming out the strongest of the flavours with hints of smoke pushing the hop content out somewhat, although there is always a hop bitterness within the black coffee feel of the beer.
cgarvieuk (12809) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Jens ... deep brown ... big foam tan head ... big soapy pine hop nose ... over fizzy :-( ... deep chcolate roast ... big soapy pine ... big juicy hop ... zezty ... light long bitter linger ... nice
dantheman278 (1358) - 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.