Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On keg at the BrewDog Bar, Edinburgh. A black beer with a lacy tan head. Fruity, hoppy nose, quite sweet with roasted malt also. Passionfruit and mango hop flavours are balanced nicely with the roasted malt, toast and bitter chocolate malt character. Nicely bitter with a floral, malty finish. Foamy mouth-feel. Very nice!
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at BrewDog Edinburgh. Black beer, big lacy beige head. Bitter coffee & fruit notes on the nose - mango, passionfruit, burnt toast. Almost sweet to start but deceptive - big coffee ground notes mixed with big citrus and a burnt toasty finish. Really interesting.
stravale (1810) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Not so keen on this now.....
Original rating done 24/07/11 (16/20) Bottle from BrewDog.
Appearance - Black / very dark brown....2 finger frothy tan white head. Good, soft carbonation.
Aroma - Strong piney and citrus hops, resin, roasted malts.
Taste - Initially tangy, slighty sour pine hops, citrus, then backbone of roasted malts comes through with some plain chocolate, bit of coffee. Don’t notice the oak chips. More emphasis on the hops than the stouty background in other Black IPAs. It gets better as you drink it.
Palate - Again, tangy mouthfeel - the soft carbonation is just right with a juicy pine / citrus bitter hop long lingering finish (Re-rated from 4 to 3 - the palate I’m finding a little harsh)
Overall - I personally prefer a bit more of a stout background and more grapefruity hop in a Black IPA. This is more of a Double IPA / Black IPA hybrid.
Bullit (3823) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Brewdog Glasgow. Black colour, beige head. Nose is fresh hoppy, roasted malts and coffee. Flavour of roasted malts, coffee, fairly hoppy. Roasty and hoppy finish. Very enjoyable.
JohnRMurdoch (2879) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg@ the new Glasgow BrewDog bar. Mild treacle hop aroma. Almost black colour, not much head. Dry bitter coffee hop flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Not my favourite black IPA.
Scopey (5291) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the Rake. It pours darkest brown with a thin beige head and moderate carbonation. The nose is black jack sweets, caramel, bubblegum, sweaty sock and resin. The taste is caramel, charcoal, chocolate, grass, hay, bubblegum sweetness, pine, molasses and salted liquorice, with a bitter-dry finish. Medium body and well hidden alcohol. A really flavoursome black IPA. Nice work Brewdog and Equity Punks.