Krigla (149) - SLOVENIA - NOV 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 0.33l. Clear, black colour with big, lasting beige head and nice lacing. Low carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts, coffe and liquorice. Taste follows the aroma with hints of dark chocolate and hops. Overall great beer.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into thick, lasting ring. Good retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind.
Robust, deeply roasted dark malt aroma that’s countered by sweeter dessert-like notes. Surprisingly, the nose is severely lacking in hop character which is really odd and disappointing for the style. I’m struggling to pick up any hops at all and wouldn’t have been able to guess it was an American Black Ale if sampled blind. Slightly smokey with gourmet coffee bean, oatmeal and dark chocolate countered by caramel, toffee, fudge and bakers chocolate. Smells okay and not offensive in any way but doesn’t live up to expectations.
On the fuller end of medium body with subtle earthy hop bitterness countered by very strong malt flavors. There’s a bit of earthy pine and resinous oils but like the aroma, the hop character is overpowered by the prominent malt bill. Slightly smokey with robust, roasted coffee bean flavor along with hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, charcoal and bittersweet dark chocolate. Dry and bitter but not harsh, acrid or overwhelming. The bitter roast is cut mid-palate by lighter malt sweetness with hints of silky chocolate, caramel and toffee. The ABV is well masked and it’s light enough to drink easily, I just wish that it had more of a hop presence to balance out the malt flavors. It drinks more like a slightly bitter porter than an American Black Ale. Not bad, but not what I’m looking for in this style.
MelvinKalksma (448) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops, fruit, malts, caramel, orange, citrus,
Completely black beer with a slight light brown head.
Starts sweet with a mix of hops and malt, slightly bitter roasted finish.
pintbypint (3143) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml brown bottle. Deep brown colour with a light
brown head, thin and creamy bead. Aromas of bitter
chocolate, earth and hops. Taste bitter choclate,
roast. Dry with choclate notes in the finish and
late bitterness and citrus. The body is slightly
hman43 (797) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours black with a dark brown head. It has aromas of roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, and floral hops. It has flavors that highlight the roasted malts with the initial flavor and then are complimented with hints of chocolate, floral, and grapefruit flavors. It is moderately bitter with a hint of sweetness on the palate.
UXO (1120) - CANADA - NOV 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear deep brown with one fat finger of fluffy tan head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pine, citrus, floral, roasty malt, bitter cocoa. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet and moderately strong bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth but lingering and building bitter finish. (4/5)
Very nice example of the style. Leads out with pine and citrusy hops that are strong but not overwhelming. Malting is quite smooth, with character but no astringency from the roasted malt. Dangerously easy-drinking for a 7%-er. (16/20)
Bozo_skeleton (854) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bien noire, petit collet qui ne résiste pas bien longtemps.
Aromes bien fruités, ananas, sève un peu de cuir
Corps moyen, finale légèrement sèche sur des notes plutôt résineuses et toujours les fruits exotiques.
Longueur parfaite et tres facile a boire
jksipa (635) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from NB Liquor. Dark, dark, dark mahogany with a small dark khaki head that leaves tight lace. String citrus and pine nose with coffee and chocolate taking a secondary role. Big bitterness from citrus and chocolate with a light balanced sweetness. Medium creamy mouth with average carbonation. Very hop forward black IPA. Excellent
JefVerstraete (2424) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ brewdog Brussels. Dark brown/black colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Harsh bitter hoppy nose. Liquorice, tropical fruit, roasted malts, bitter finish. Good.
VGdogy (20) - Velika Gorica, CROATIA - NOV 4, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle form MBR, black colour, baige head with great retention. Piney, raisiny and some citrus in aroma. In flavor there is a lot of chocolate, some coffee, pine, citrus (lemon or grapefruit), bitter but pleasant aftertaste from hop (simcoe). Very good Black IPA.