hawthorne00 (2727) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 9C. Dark brown with an inch of beige head. Very fruity aroma with gooseberries, grass clippings, lychees and darkish caramel. Thinnish body. Taste has a little burnt malt, chocolate, licorice and the mentioned fruit. Fruity finish with growing roasted bitterness. As usual with sort of thing some of the hop aromatics are somewhat obscured, but in this case the fruity bits of the Kiwi hops remain whilst ironically the cat’s piss / cleaning fluid is mostly buried.
daje (2633) - NORWAY - JUL 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Øl og matfestivalen.
Dark brown , huge beige head.
Roasty aroma of dark fruits, plenty of hops.
Complex roasty taste with coffee, tropical fruits, licorice and spices.
Good dry hoppy ending
hirigalzkar (2477) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber, off white head. Floral notes and citrus sweetness in aroma. Dark malts and flowery hops in taste. Big taste for a 4,7%ABV beer.
Vignale (2412) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kaffefärgad med ganska lågt skum. Massor av olika märkliga dofter. Kokta konserverade grönsaker, främst kål, kaffe, lite metall, lite halvunken humle. Smaken är bättre. Lätt kropp, torrt fruktig som en engelsk bitter, måttlig men närvarande beska och så de där grönsakstonerna som stör lite. Tobak i eftersmaken som är fin. En märklig men rolig upplevelse.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (purchased in Aust, drunk in NZ). Delicious dark chocolate on both the nose and the palate. The tropical fruit from the hops isn’t overpowering but does a great job of lifting the overall flavour. A more subtle ’Black IPA’ that most these days, and all the better for it.
esp0r (2291) - NORWAY - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle enjoyed at home
Pours dark brown, nearly black in glass, huge tanned head. Smells of blackberries, citrus zests and roasted malts. Malty body, some sweetness, but on the lesser side. Distinct roasted malts with some coffee as well. Nice oily feel and quite dry on the palate. Nice bitter finish with berries and some malt bitterness as well. Fat Cat’s black cousin
Gerbeer (2264) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. 2011 vintage. Pours a very dark brown/red with light persistent head. Aromas of sour mash and pine. Flavours of molasses, roasted malts, funky New Zealand like hops, liquorice and sourdough. Excellent.
Davros (2220) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a quickly fading small head.
Tropical fruit on the nose along with sweet caramel and roasty malt.
Very similar flavours, tropical hops and a small amount of roasty malt. Finishes with a bold hoppy bitterness.
Carbonation is suitably moderate...
Grima (2174) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the glass, black as night, with lots of brown foam. Smells very aroma hoppy, Cascade, also slightly like dark malts and caramel. The beer starts with a heavy malt body, roasting coffee-bitter, with a wonderful aroma hops in the background, which increase more and more, by time. The finish turns out again very strong to dark malts, slightly bitter, with strong aromas of roasted coffee. Terrific beer!
Gr0ve (2173) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. Dark brown, almost black. Clear. Tall light fluffy beige head that clings to the glass. Bold hoppy aroma with notes of licorice. Ashy aroma. Peppery and minty flavours. Licorice flavours. Medium body. Grassy hop flavours. A really strange beer, which reminds me of liquid sweet licorice mixed with grassy hops. Very flavourful for a beer this low in alcohol.