Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, from Utobeer, 12/10/13.
Pours extremely dark mahogony brown meets light black with a thin tan covering.
Nose is caramel malt, hops, light pine, boozey waft, berry fruit, black forest gateaux.
Taste comprises earthy hops, light roast, pine needle, berry fruit compote, cocoa dusting, brown sugars.
Full bodied, slick and slightly oily, smooth on the palate, berry booze and semi aggressive earthy hopness in the last hurrah.
Tasty ’imperial’ CDA. The alchohol is well tempered and this is holding up very well for over 2 years old !
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense aroma of booze and ginger, oily, zero fizz and well bodied. Caramel taste and a bitter late finish.
CarlJonas (218) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown. Small head. Honey, pine resin, fudge in the aroma. Slightly roasted flavour, sweet and bitter. More honey and some chocolate. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Bit old now but still very tasty.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. From notes. Coffee, chocolate and roasty. Decent bit of herbal hops in there too. Very good!
McNeillR (1325) - SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hell fire black auburn hinge, slight head. Composting dry nose, sumptuous. Taught, zipwire bitterness throughout even three years on. Rounded malt and peppery tinge. Thin but arching tang to the finish.Big rusty amber body with boozy listless head. Coppery nose, firey. Dense oily, oxidsed boozeage slips away to floral rustiness. Crystalled throughout, keeping it steely and narrow. Terse finish, mapely
Bottle, Brewdog Garvie Gauntlet
zimbo (605) - SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
roasty bloody dark thinnish some burn light almost transparent black thin thin whispy head. lacks definition
Kuulokekoira (1) - FINLAND - AUG 20, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #3017, bottled on 16.05.2011. Feels more like imperial stout than black ipa. No carbonation whatsoever, pours without a foam. Aroma has some fruitiness to it, taste comes with some sweet ligorice, roasted malts and hints of coffee. Palate is nice and deep but suffers from lack of hops. Also some head would have been nice.
Quite nice, not mind blowing.
Juseq (158) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Aroma has chocolate and coffee. Flavor has salty licorice with chocolate and cocoa. Not that surprising after maturing. Aftertaste and flavor has some medicine.
AntonioBirra (10) - - AUG 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
beer’s most complex features. Aroma is propelled, touch sensations on the lips, tongue y must drink it!
Brandman (2143) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black body, no head. Aroma has roasted veggies, some acidic coffee, something is off - bit lactic, maybe fermentation thing, but something is not quite right in the aroma. Dissolvent. Flavour has the same issue with veggies, there’s just something wrong. The black IPA is not correct, poor imp. stout at best. There is also some alcohol and some cought medicine. Really not just my thing.