ciaranc (676) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from Redmonds. Deep brown black, big coffee creme coloured, rich and lasting head. Aroma is pine, spruce, zest, a touch of stewed fruit, coffee, chocolate roasted malt and a little smoke. Fantastic. Flavour is sweet roast malt, chocolate up front, followed by a rising hop bitterness, mellowing back into a burnt chocolate. Lush, smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation, big body. Finish is nicely balanced between sweet chocolate coffee roastiness and underrated bitter hops. Another cracker from Brewfist.
swoopjones (5250) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sample at the Festival, brownish black pour, roast with hints of chocolate 7 coffee. grapefruit hops that fall victim to the heavier roastiness.
thebeertourist (4620) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pazzeria, Milano. Very dark brown with a huge, light brown head. Chocolate nose, but good bitterness. Fruity hops. Well-made.
Cunningham (3912) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pitch black color with a big frothy tan head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Rich tropical fruity, some roasted malt and grape hoppy. Could remind me of the smell of hop pellets.
Palate: Medium to full body. Slightly sweet and a rich bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Tropical fruity, rich grape hoppy and some roasted malt on a fine dark malty background. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: Powerful and tasty bipa.
Personal stats: On tap at Bir&Fud in Rome, Italy.
McWorta (436) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another pitch black coloured beer with a light beige head and good lacing. Noses though of an IPA which is confusing. Aromas of grapefruit, citrus and hops develop. Tiny bit lively on the palate light velvety texture with a medium body. Bitter and dry taste and a dry finish. Interesting beer!
maneliquor (2729) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sail & Anchor. Pours black with a small beige head. Nose shows heavy roasted coffee and dry, roasty malts. Light chocolate. Taste is focused heavily on espresso tones with a lingering dry and piney hopped finish. Solid stuff
markextrae (637) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bottle, pours almost black, with a big beige head. smell is very weird. taste is a lot better, some grass, bitter fruits, coffee, bit dry at the end. medium bitter
garthicus (2570) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Appearance: Absolute jet black, thick brown head. Aroma: Yes! Pine needles, a hint of cattiness, quite malty but the hops certainly overwhelm. Smells great. Flavour: Chocolate and pine needles, quite a thick creamy mouthfeel, coffee, lots of wood with a chewy hoppiness, the alcohol is well hidden and there’s a wonderfully long hoppy finish. Lovely.
tderoeck (4012) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
21/VI/13 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: 30/4/14 - lot 3162 (2013-574)
Clear dark brown beer, big creamy beige head, pretty stable, very adhesive. Aroma: lots of citrus, exotic fruits, pineapple, passion fruits, bit piny, resinous, hint of mocha in the back. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: at first there was very little, because the beer was to cold. As it was warming up, I got a real flavour explosion. Some caramel, lots of citric hops, sour touch, bitter and dry, exotic fruits, slightly roasted flavours, some caramel. Aftertaste: very bitter, hoppy, grassy, some citrus, grapefruit, exotic fruits, hint of dried fruits. Very complex and lovely beer. But give it time to warm up!
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with a small fading head.
Aroma of roasted malt, soft coffee, piny and grapefruit-like hops.
Great flavours at first with roasted malt, pine and resinous hops before the booze and bitterness steam-roll through in a harsh finish.
Carbonation seems a little full-on.