ScipioA (212) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours out black with a small brown head. Some nice smelling pine hop aroma, but fairly faint. Flavor is a muted mix of roasted malt along with hops that shift a little towards the citrus side of the spectrum. Imagine dry hopping a somewhat thicker Guinness. Hedonically it’s a good beer on its own, but pales in comparison to every other Black IPA/Cascadian Ale/Black Ale/ I’ve had.
McNeillR (976) - SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darkest Cola brown, thin ringed and swirl of filmy tan head. Bursts of ashen pine, harmless honeyed hops and milky clambering lychee. Initial taste of muddied malt, choc and a galloping roastedness. Back stabbing bitterness, held together by a creamy Simcoe sweetness in the middle leaning towards a Dulche Deleche toasted caramelisation. Almost too clean on the finish, lightly squidgy soapy bitterness and a steely smoky linger.
This is much better than I recall from a time when I was sure Black IPAs were the answer to my beer budget concerns #TwoBurdsWanStone but they’ve smoothed and sweetened this up without losing any of the swatches of refreshment.
Bottle, Beets, Leith, Batch 321
liinis (1496) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like said: Loads of hops that first they tickle your nose and then massage your taste buds. VERY good beer.
CacheManyHose (105) - HONG KONG - MAR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beertopia 2014 and another bottle at home. Pitch black cola red-black with chunky white head that doesn't stay long. Smells of lemon, quite acidic roasted malt, hop. Taste is lemon, malt, lots of big bitter hop. Ends on a bitter dry note. Palate is a little watery but balanced with sharp carbonation. A really nice dark IPA that is closer to an IPA than a stout.
melush (255) - SPAIN - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Botella de 33 cl, en Cerveceria Internacional. Color negro. Sabor a lupulo, regaliz, quemado, amargo. Una gran IPA negra
Maarten1993 (196) - - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank while watching White Collar 16-3-2014. Beer tastes like an IPA with a dark chocolate, bitter aftertaste (after starting with the IPA hoppiness and freshness). Very interesting combination. Good beer.
Migmar (219) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small head that resembles a whirlpool. Salty liquorice, roasted. Sprucy and grassy hops. Heavy bitterness, some sourness too. Semi-full palate. Very interesting hybrid of a porter and IPA, resembles some of the more bitter ones among imperial stouts. Probably the best beer by Brewdog that I’ve sampled (which are mostly all very good).
berkshirejohn (4204) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from a Tesco’s in Edinburgh. An opaque black pour with a loose tan head; resinious woody aroma; strongly hopped, with a woody resinous taste and some licorice; the finish is dry with some sharp pine resin at first that softens into a long finish.
HKdIPA (117) - HONG KONG - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beertopia 2014 #5. Light black pour thin tan head. Delicious simcoe hops aroma. Floral citrus hoppy taste. Bit of roast. Bitter finish. Very good.
Sarpa (671) - FINLAND - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 33cl from Alko @ home. Pours black with a large beige head. Hops, dark fruits, toasted malts in the aroma. Licorice, hops, vanilla in the flavor