LED40 (96) - - JUN 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lovely smooth black IPA. The first example I’ve tried in this style and it is very impressive. The aroma is of rich dark fruity notes, the taste is hop forward, caramel and again dark fruit. The mouth feel is velvety and medium to thick. It coats your mouth and the flavour lingers but suprisingly for a beer of this alcohol volume you get no burn at the back of your throat. A great beer to sip on.
Gluepot (375) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2015 In the final analysis, my favorite of the Abstrakt series (up to #17 anyway!). Back near its release date, this beer hit a blending of hops and dark heavier tastes that was hard to beat. Dark roasted malt, plums, leather and dates create an impressive backbone, but fruit-based hops fight their way though to bring out the Imperial IPA profile. Deep and complex. Just a warning - some recently opened bottles had lost the hop punch with a touch of sourness creeping into the aftertaste. My rating pertains to early tastings of the beer.
PriorL (3066) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
APPEARANCE: clouded brown beer, small unstable head.
NOSE: alcohol bomb.
TASTE: alcohol, bomb, chocolate, too much.
alex_leit (1745) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #5403 (at 3.11.2012). Black color. Aroma: hops, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, a little smoked and peat. Taste: very warming, smoky, roasted, sweet and bitter, strong coffee, dark chocolate, oak, sherry, dried plums, pepper, strong hop bitterness, bitter grapefruit.
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
big, big big caramel, cereal, earthy, smoke, woody aromas from apitch black think looking body with some tan lacing, body like a whiskey without the harshness, the taste is extremely subtle, slight floral notes, burnt toast, slight caramelness, no hint of any alcohol... found this in a place in france, they had lots more....this was bottle 4277
allmyvinyl (9052) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle from Cornelius, who found it down the back of a metaphorical sofa after a stock-take, so thanks to James, and to fate! Pours black, very thin off-white head, nice tight bubbles. Aromas of resin, liquorice, pine, light sherry/oxidised note though, but not unpleasant. Taste is more of the same, some tar, molasses. Quite a thin body, but a nice long bitter finish.
Rune (10838) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle with a black cork, no.6122/8972, bought at Vinmonopolet Vika more than three years ago. Oily pour revealing a low, bubbly, off-white head. Clear rosewood coloured body. Smell of dried fruits like prunes and raisin with a touch of oak. Sweet taste of berries, dried fruit, oak and earth. Drying bittersweet ending with warming alcohol. Sherry impression. Full bodied. Slow sipper that gets a tad too sweet in the long run (shared with Finn, Tromsø 10.12.2014).
Finn (6116) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske # 6122/89730 375ml. Spandert av og delt med Rune på Nerstranda 10 Des. 14. Tungåpnet! Svakt skudd. Ultradyprød/amber. Bobler i glasset. Veldig lavt skum. Rik plommearoma. Preg av sherry. Smaken likeså. Søt frukt. Et skikkelig koseøl.
MrHangover (3812) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown, almost beer without any head on top. Aroma of alcohol, roast, chocolate and toffee. Flavor is very sweet, also some light bitterness detected in the back. The alcohol is quite overpowering and warming. Never thought aging a black IPA would work out so nice. Low carbonation, silky mouthfeel. Good stuff.
Marheb (4504) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Des dattes, raisins secs, cassonade et chocolat blanc réunis dans le même liquide pour se faire piéger par des houblons terreux et herbacés à la vigueur lointaine. définitivement pas ce qu’elle était mais franchement intéressante quand même.
Stuu666 (9804) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, light roasted nose, sweet, thin, light malty bitter taste.