mrhopsbeertalk (159) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2014 I’ll admit I’m new to the ’black IPA’ scene... but i’m going to have to call BS on the lack of roasted malt flavors and aromas. The nose is all coffee and roasted malt with little to no hop pressence. The flavor is a bit more balanced with some noticeable citrus/floral hop flavors as well as bitterness not from the malts. Overall I liked the beer but find the style a bit confusing.
*** Update*** After roughly two months of aging this beer has mutated a bit. The mouthfeel and body are too creamy revealing and accentuating the malts.Still the malts have mellowed some and are now closer to being balanced against the hops. Lots of grapefruit comes through now in the aroma.
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
4th November 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque black - brown beer. Big pale tan head. Palate is airy and semi dry, good fine carbonation. Tangy minerally thin dark malts. The tang develops a weird skewed sourness. Mild piney hops. Dry finish. Dominant character is this odd and unpleasant tang. Do trust me - this isn’t a good one.
Theydon_Bois (9944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle split at Bruce’s Pad, thanks to Leighton, 04/11/14.
Light black with a decent tan covering that retains well.
Nose is earthy hop, fish tank notes, light roast, bitter cocoa, pine, nutty.
Taste comprises charred wood, bitter roast, tropical fruit rinds, pine, earthy feel.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with some earthy hop bitterness.
Adequate CDA if a little overly dirty at times.
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2014 Bottle shared in London - picked up in the US. Pours clear, dark brown with a frothy tan head. The nose has light roast, some orange rind, toasted grains. Light-medium sweet flavor with some more toasted grains, earth, faint cocoa, understated dried citrus. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Nicely balanced to finish, more rind, charred grain, some husks, earth, faint alcohol, cocoa. Pretty decent, if basic.
I heard that the brewer of this beer used to steal Kenny’s milk money.
Scopey (7430) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours dark ruby-brown with a small tan head. The nose is piney, varnish, dark fruits, light roast, sherbet, candy and citrus. The taste is bitter, roasty, ashy, mild astringency, earthy, grapefruit peel, pine and light cardboard with a very drying finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Fairly average, but not bad. Don’t trust Kenny.
BroSpud (1740) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head that lingers. Big dank hop aromas that are not as prevalent in taste but still come ripping through. Sweet malt notes that are not as exciting but a satisfying beverage overall. One of the better BBC brews I have tasted.
puboflyons (2228) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 22 oz. bomber. 2014 batch. Dark brown pour with mahogany hues on the glass’s edge. Big cream colored head. The aroma begins with this kind of burnt dark malt roast note and then the perfume of the earthy, grassy hops move in. But everything is balanced and subtle. Medium to heavy body. The hop bitterness is vibrant and earthy in the taste and the malt character is roasty and sweet. Lingering finish.
dlovell2 (895) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Pours a solid black with a thick foamy tan colored head. When you hold a glass of this to the light nothing shines through. Aroma is roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses and pine. Big citrus and floral start to this beer finishing out with grapefruit and pine. Really smooth.
rocbyter (1908) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light malt and hop aroma. Black color with a medium Brown head. Light bitter beginning that fades in the finish and gets some nutty malt flavor in the finish. Palete gets weak in finish as well.
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a convincing black with two fingers of dense khaki/mocha foam. Nose is dank weed, grapefruit, and some light roast and chocolate. Taste is peaches, caramel, toast and light roast. Luckily it’s more IPA then black IPA and doesn’t have that clash of flavors and lingering roast that I normally hate from the style. Really solid actually.
sherm1016 (1178) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Harvest Wine and Spirits. Pours a jet black color with a tan head and some lacing. Aroma is roasty, coffee, pine hops, maybe a little citrus. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, roasty, coffee, grassy hops, a little pine, some weird vegetal hop sweetness, with a light bitter pine finish.