Beerheart65 (866) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep dark brown to black in color, dense creamy head is light brown and bout one finger wide, stays ok and leaves quite good lacing. Aroma is strong and hoppy, pine, citrus, peppery spices, anise. Smells as if this would have a kicking palate. Palate itself is actually quite soft and round but flavor is highly bitter covering sweetness, bitterness stays long in mouth, more malty than aroma, but hops are on front here, hoppiness covers much of coffee and chocolate notes. I donít think the balance is that good here. I usually like Brewdogís beers but now I felt bit as if they had just decided to add more and more hops as if that would make a better and better beer. Unbalanced and bit one-sided result is not one of my favorites by this great brewery. Have to point out that my flu may have influenced here so Iíll give this a second tasting later on.
deyholla (5844) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours near black with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of musty dark grain and pine with a bit of roast backing. Flavor is similar with pine and dark grains backed by roast and a hint of bitterness.
bjakk (218) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with dark brown ale. Mild aroma of smoked ham. Smoke, smoked fish, mild malt with sweet bitter chockolate aftertaste. High in carbon.
gegwilson (512) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Rhythm and Booze, Ripon. Pour almost black with a fading tan head. Very hoppy with pine notes dominating. They pretty much over ride the malt notes with just a hint of burnt toast coming through. Very tasty still but could be better balanced.
Marstonlad (320) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. A nearly black color with a medium-sized, dense white head. Aroma of strong fruitiness and grassiness, roasty notes do not appear very much. Fruitiness is fresh, even a bit tropical. Taste is rich and balanced; the smooth, medium to full bodied palate makes this delightfully drinkable. Bitterness is medium to heavy and rises towards the finish. Grass and spruce are prominent, also some lingering roasted malty notes, but on the whole, not very much. This was very rich and delicious to drink, but maybe not as varied as some black IPAs around - very hop-oriented, this one.
thomat (1841) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SB. Very dark brown with a thick brown head. Fruity and hoppy tones. Malt, fruit, coffee and hops. Medium to full body with a nice roasted finish.
lamf (9) - Baden-WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Almost black, nice beige head. Great pure hoppy aroma. You canclose your eyes and be sure that youíre drinking an AIPA. Same in taste, balanced, could be more bitter. Drinkable. Compared it with my homebrewed black ale. Two great beers.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color; itís very close to being completely opaque, but not quite there. There isnít much head, sadly - just one finger high with a mocha shade. Even with a small head, retention isnít very good. It does leave a bit of lacing on the glass, at least.
S: This one combines a mildly roasted background with lemony, spicy Centennial hops, and actually does it well. The more I sniff on this, the more that I notice that itís the hoppiness thatís in the background rather than the roast. Aromatically - while itís not explosively bold - it isnít far off from Wookey Jack, and I consider that very high praise.
T: Roasty, roasty, roasty, did I mention roasty yet? Its hop profile is definitely in the background, though it definitely comes through in the finish with notes of pine, grapefruit, and maybe some lemon. This works better than a few black ales/hoppy porters Iíve had, but the malt/hop transition is jarring at times.
M: Itís well carbonated, while the finish balances between sweet and dry. This one goes down pretty easy because of its slender feel and slight sharpness.
O: Itís a really nice black ale, but Iím not sure Iíd buy it again given its inflated price. Actually, it isnít that hideously expensive by import/BrewDog standards, so actually, itís more a freshness thing that makes me hesitate a future purchase. Iíd definitely give it a second chance on tap, though.
SperkeleForce (386) - FINLAND - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33 CL. Pours black brown with nice brown frothy head and a fruity scent. Notes of roasted nuts, dark and light chocolate, coffee, fruits, hops,grapefruit, pines. Intense flavors in this. Feels like a porter at the start but with much fruityer tones. Interesting and very tasty brew.
campbega (32) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Nelson Wines, Merton. Pours black with off white head that maintains for longer than expected. Chocolate, fruits and malt aromas. Smooth finish but with some gentle carbonations. Fantastic beer - instantly ordered a few more bottles from BrewDog.