Smallprint (74) - - SEP 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought from BrewDog Manchester. Pours a very dark black, very little carbonation, quite a big, brown head. Smells fruity, mainly grapefruit and mango. Quite a malty start with the citrus fruits coming in soon after, malts continue to the finish which is quite bitter. Thick and oily mouthfeel, a very good beer, though there are better black IPAs out there for a lot less. Not really encouraged to try the Abstrakt series again.
elbernays (416) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 375ml Bottle at home from drinkstore. Pours oily black with no head. Nose is liquorice, alcohol, coffee vanilla, grass. Flavour is toasted malts, earth, liquorice, milk. Smooth with no carbonation and a warm finish. It?s got a light feel for the abv which is odd. The abv is managed well. Definitely a sipping beer.
VictorStr (1233) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mycket söts inslag i aromen, torkad frukt. Rätt lugn och balanserad i kropp och smak.
freretoc (581) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bu en bouteille de 37.5cl numérotée #3996, couleur très foncée aucune mousse, aucune effervescence, au nez attaque sur le pruneau confit, et en bouche grosse attaque sur les noix et l’amande final sur l’amertume très intense pas du tut floral, dommage pour cette fin de bouche qui casse le début très prometteur.
Renobob (576) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bue en bouteille de 375ml. Couleur marron foncée pas très jolie. Nez caramel café. Note de noix discrète. Finale amère.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not overly typical black IPA but I certainly enjoyed it. Oily black with a small tan head. Great smell. Chocolate, earth, malts, some citrus hops, coconut, alcohol is there but not aggressive. Good beer.
_angst_ (2609) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Hugh. Pours reddish black with a very small dark moch head that quickly dissipates without leading any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, earth and herbal with roasted malts, grapefruit rinds, dark roast coffee, pine needles, resinous wood, moist grass and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, earthy and herbal with roasted malts, burnt caramel, resinous wood, moist grass, pine needles, moist soil, sweetened coffee and alcohol. Mouthfeel is viscous, syrupy, boozy, astringent and near full bodied. Finish is heavy bitter with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, resinous wood, pine needles, moist soil, liquorice and burnt caramel. Huge but I imagine this is way past it’s prime,
daje (2043) - NORWAY - APR 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by esp0r with me and edvard, september 27th 2013. Pretty dark brown body, thick light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, ash, piney hops. Taste is slightly sweet chocolate with coffee, licorice and earthy hops. Noticable alcohol. Thick body and medium carbonation. Leaves an aftertaste of prunes and licorice. Enjoyable, but I guess it’s a lot fresher when young.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the AB:06 launch at the Euston Tap, with Scopey and MesandSim. Deep, deep ruby/near black with a little bit of white head. Nose has roasted malt, tar, sugars. Palate is rather tarry and sticky but not massively so. Lots of sweet resin in the middle of the tongue. Coffee and cough medicine hints. Alcohol well hidden, not too boozy. Needs to age and grow, you feel.
snoworsummer (1944) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours a murky root beer color with almost no head or lacing. Tastes like tobacco, earthy, dry, light raisin and light ash, and roasted grains and coffee as it warms. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted grains, raisins, tobacco, and booze.
sonnycheeba (3377) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours mostly clear brown with thin beige head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts, earthy notes, plums, fig, and light spice. Flavor is smooth roast notes, balancing hops, faint smoke, and some dark fruit sweetness; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.