niquillis (1290) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from Beer Dock, Crewe. Pours black ruby with a tan head. Very aromatic, hops in yer face. Roast, citrus, mouth sensation. Very easy drinking for it’s strength.
LaViolette (111) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful black, orange, red colour, very nice hoppy nose with loads of grapefruit and flowers. The biterness is very well balanced. Finish is though a bit weak. Quite close to the Belgian Stouterik but hoppier...
swieca (87) - POLAND - JAN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Very strong, juicy aroma of citrus, herbs, lots of resin. Really stunning. Black with small tan head. Taste is very refreshing, with nice balance of sweetness and huge bitterness. Roasted notes are very delicate, so this beer tastes almost like pale beer.
islay (1276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle, consumed on 1-3-15. Labeled “27-02-15,” presumably a best by date of February 27, 2015. Pours vastly overcarbonated with way too much head, for which I will subtract a point both for appearance and in the overall score. The head is uneven, long-lasting, and has a pleasant taupe color. Excellent lacing. Ordinary for the style, dark brown appearance. This would be a very good-looking beer if there weren’t way too much head. Fresh, roasted malt aroma like overcooked bread right out of the oven. Yeasty aroma features a dark chocolate scent. Bitter taste of roasted malts. I would say there’s a coffee-like flavor, but I hate coffee, and this tastes good. Piney hops over tasty roasted malts. The malty flavor reminds me of a very rich, very dark chocolate cake. I actually experience quite a bit of alcohol burn, which is surprising given the not outstandingly high ABV of 7.2%. Medium body. Soft and smooth in the palate. Strangely watery and not lively given the excessive head. If this beer were properly carbonated, such that the head were not way too large and there was decent liveliness in the palate, it would be very good, because it certainly tastes good. Alas, it is too flawed to earn above a middling score.
Galvatron (5) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent beer with a fantastic aroma roasted coffee and herbs. Head dissipated quickly with a bitter flavour that is sweetened nicely. Very carbonated.
GuideDogSaint (513) - Xiamen, CHINA - JAN 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Tasty Life, Xiamen. Pours black with a dissipating off white head. Medicinal aroma, roasted coffee and pine Oily rich bitter chocolate finish.
Rammer (191) - Moscow, RUSSIA - DEC 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent aroma coffee notes. In the taste of sweet and bitter hops, excellent balance, nice!
bytemesis (3699) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark black, large creamy brown head, slow to dissipate, nice lacing. Aroma is roasty with a pine and citrus note, some cocoa. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, roasty with subdued hop presence. Medium light body, very carbonated.
Teran (85) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 30, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yes, I admit I am singing in the orchestra of Black IPA fans. Extremely smooth, cream finish. Black clear ruby. Nice bitterness. Rich wood aroma, best palate. Pure pleasure.
MatthijsE (913) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Extremely dark ruby - almost black. Hints of coffee aroma, and peaches. More peaches in the taste, liquorice, and bitterness balancing sweetness. Extremely well balanced and tasty beer.