jackl (3472) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Semi-Final Tasting. Deep brown color with a big espresso colored head. The nose is big roasty chocolate, wood, coffee ice cream and marshmallow. Some blackberry. The taste is quite hoppy tropical fruits. Plenty of pineapple and salty tang. A bit puckering, giving over to a lightly syruppy dry chocolate coffee finish. Big body, bold. A bit creamy. Overall, a really nice black IPA! Amazing to see a decent commemorative beer!
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Great Grog. Pours a very dark brown colour with a thick tan head. Aroma of pine, pineapple, caramel, coffee and alcohol. Great bitterness and similar flavours. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Very nice!
JohnRMurdoch (2695) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Euston Tap. Almost black colour, big foamy head. Spicy hop aroma. Big flavour of biscuit, coffee & hops. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. A really big hoppy ale.
mike_77 (2417) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma has some notes of pear drops and some burnt malts and charcoal. The flavour comes through in the aftertaste with some bitter chocolate and intense coffee.
tommann (2294) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle at 7.5%. Pours jet black with a large head. Aroma is dusty cocoa, grapefruit and a little lemon. Taste is mostly bitter grapefruit with some coffee and cocoa on the aftertaste. Low carbonation but full in the mouth.
Beersiveknown (2117) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with thin tan head. Cocoa and grapefruit nose. Rich hop flavour, citrus fruits, chocolate. Alcohol hidden. Good bipa
suprchunk (1799) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour. Big tan head that is slow to fall and leaves tons of lacing. Big aroma of powdered chocolate and oranges, hops and malt. Taste is mirroring the aromas. Very tasty. Slightly bitter, but sweet at the same time.
planky84 (1786) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mr Lawrence Wine Merchants, Brockley. Black pour with a soon dissipating tan head. Coffee, dark fruit and chocolate aroma. Licorice, toffee, dark fruit flavour with a light citrus zing in the finish. Interesting.
BenH (1697) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a big light brown head that doesn’t budge. Aroma is massively soapy, some grapefruit, citrus, pine, chocolate and coffee but soap is the order of the day. Taste is again dominated by soap but when broken down also has grapefruit, chocolate and coffee. Thick with a fair bitterness and a lingering chocolate finish. A nice big robust beer with some very nice elements but the soapiness is hard to overcome
sm89walt (1666) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2012. Poured a cloudy, near opaque
brown with a small, fading bubbly beige head. Lovely juicy citrus fruit aromas of grapefruit with resin & pine too & touches of roasted malt. Drier flavour-wise with more roasted malts, pine, liquorice & berry skin. Medium body, firm & lightly carbonated palate texture with a lingering dry, resinous bitterness.