DanielBrown (3980) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pete. Jet black, low cream top. Smells car piss and pine + coal tar. Very stouty roast: crunchy, super bitter. The hops add a err, not sure. Perhaps they add a thin slice of perfumed mouth tremble. This really is very bitter indeed. A great UK beer, with a loooong aftertaste.
Leighton (12580) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at my Semi-Final Tasting, London. Pours muddy, brown-black with a light, beige bubble foam head. Rich nose of burnt malts, grapefruit and pine. Nice flavor, medium sweet with thick pine, dirt, burnt cocoa and burnt grass. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Oily, highly resinous finish with lots of burnt grass and heavy roast. There’s a touch of abrasive hops in the finish as well, the the beer is quite decent overall. The beer does have its rough edges (as I think many Arbor beers do) butt his is a very solid effort.
johndoughty (4133) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Black with a small head.Bitterness hits you from the first taste and lasts. Not a lot of hoppiness which increases the struggle that I have with a black IPA. This is more like a very bitter stout. Strength was 7.5 per cent. A lovely beer to be drunk slowly and appreciated.
madmitch76 (16488) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2nd July 2012
On tap at the Euston Tap. 7.5%. Opaque black beer, good pale tan head. Smooth soft palate, a little dry. Rich smooth dark malts. A little rye spice. Very mild roast. Very mild pine hops. A whisper or red berry fruits. Pretty dry finish with roast malt bitterness. Bitters lingers for a while.
Scopey (7852) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Leighton’s Euro Semi-Final tasting. It pours cloudy deep brown, with a bubbly tan head. The nose is chocolate, caramel, pine, treacle and dark tangy fruit. The taste is dark tangy fruit, caramel, citrus pith, pine, resin, charcoal, roasted malt, treacle, bitter chocolate and burnt malt, with a charry, burnt finish. Medium-full body and average carbonation. A solid black IPA.
jackl (5194) - 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!
Beersiveknown (3505) - 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
downender (6576) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at 7.5% ABV from Grape & Grind, Bristol. Opaque and near black with a small, tan head. Beer had a heavy and slightly oily body that coated the mouth. Dark chocolate aroma with some pine and a tropical fruits. Flavour had plenty more pine, black coffee, grapefruit and a lingering, dry finish. Very enjoyable.
tommann (2949) - 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.