zacgillbanks (4156) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from The Bottle in York. Extremely dark brown, almost black with a strong liquorice and orange marmalade flavour. Floral notes with chocolate, citrus fruits and roasted finish.
ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle, number 6891 of 8973. Pours a thick, ruby-tinged black, with a very large beige head, which lasts extremely well, and leaves excellent lacing. Strong, oily hops are the prominent aroma, with pine, grapefruit and bitter herbal notes featuring strongly. There is also a trace of burnt toffee and molasses to lend a bit of backing. Strong hops start it off, with grapefruit and a trace of chilli, as well as some pineapple. These are followed by a smooth, thick malt body, with dark chocolate, treacle and Turkish coffee the principle flavours. The finish blends milk chocolate and some dark, herbal flavours. This is without doubt an excellent beer. In the same way that black IPA as a style combines imperial stout and IPA characteristics, this one is a bombastic blend of imperial stout and imperial IPA, of the sort that only BrewDog could ever pull off. It is delightful, but the question is whether it is worth the sizeable price premium over other BrewDog beers. I don’t really know, but I’ll put it this way: I would definitely fork out another $40 to do a bit more research and find out.
grunx (367) - - SEP 17, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Increible Black IPA. Bon aroma, bona amargo i tot ben equilibrat. Postgust llarg. Per a disfrutar.
Beerheart65 (1354) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet medium strong aroma has licorice, syrup, dark bread and chocolate, medical herbs. Dark almost black, short thin expresso head. Sweet, bitter, roasted, velvety feel, Full body, long finish. Delicious enough to be a dessert.
Gluepot (374) - 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.
humlelala (1282) - DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 Re-rated on October 30th: (37,5 cl bottle from Toft Vin; bottled on May 16th 2011; #7677 of 8973) Pours dark brown with quickly dissipitating tan head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma is fat, hoppy with notes of burnt rubber. Creamy texture, full-bodied, medium carbonation with a doubly bitter finish that doesn’t bite but is rather quite nicely complex owing to the combined efforts of toasted malt and bitter hops. Taste is mildly bitter yet somehow darkly sweet and fruity at the same time. Very exotic taste. Girlfriend says: "."
May 28th 2011: (10 cl on tap, CBF 2011) Pours dark with a red tint and rich toffee head that laces the glass well. Aroma is dominated by an intense flavour of floral hops (Nelson presumably). Creamy, full-bodied, soft carbonation with a medium bitter finish. The taste is dominated by a strong floral/hoppy profile that makes it suprisingly easy to drink. Very well balanced. A favourite.
Xerrol (1) - - MAR 21, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours nearly black with a head that fades completely away quickly. Aroma has roasted maltiness and really strong hoppiness - a special combination - with notes of grass, pine and licorice. Taste is similar with strongly hopped Imperial Stouts as it is both very bitter and richly malty. The taste is sweet and roasty at first; the finish is dry and bitter. Flavours of dark malts, grassy hops and licorice. The palate is nearly full bodied, the carbonation low. An excellent, complex and a really strong beer.
One of my top 5 beers of all time.
Beersiveknown (4918) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown beer with a fresh hop aroma with pineapple at the fore and piney undertones. Lively white head disappears in short measure. Rich and thick palate with legs and a lively alcohol kick. Sweet and fruity with a lot of aggressive hoppiness but quite restrained bitterness. Sweet finish with alcohol and lots of umami.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 370 of 8973. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair tan head. Awesome aroma of grapefruit and pineapple with caramel and chocolate malt notes. Flavours of coffee, roasty dark malts, grapefruit and melon. Nice fruity but bitter finish. Some orange and bitter chocolate. Long bitter, roasty, burned toast linger. Very nice balance between roasty malt and fruity hops. Excellent Black IPA. A return to form after a disappointing AB:05.
yngwie (16394) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2011 On tap at Ølfestival 2011. A clear, brown body is topped by a finger-thick, light tan head. Roasted and vinous aroma with a touch of alcohol. Well, more than a touch actually, but considering its ABV it’s just a touch. A faint note of licorice and a solid dose of piney hops too. The flavor has alcohol, roasted malts, resins, pine cones, citrus peel and a massive bitterness. Smooth, warming and full-bodied, finishing with a lasting bitterness. Overall, too warm on the palate, but tasteful and with a nice bitterness. Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8. 110527
Bottle, 375ml corked. A black one, topped by a two-finger dark beige head leaving some lacings. Roasted nose with a nice resiny and citrusy hoppyness. Not much alcohol detected. Wonderful hop flavor with pine cones, resins and citrus peel. Some malty sweetness and a warming touch. Full body, sweet. Lasting finish with a nice bitterness. A really wonderful one. 110931