mjs (4168) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Keg at Black Door, 20130625) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had fruitiness, pine, mildly roasted malts and liquorice. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, pine, liquorice, hint of roasted malts, some ash and quite strong bitterness. Afteraste was hoppy and bitter. A well done Black IPA. The roasted components were nicely in the background. Neverheless, this style annoys me - the fact that won’t prevent me from liking this beer.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at The Festival. Pours clear dark brown to black with a medium, fizzy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is spicy, minty, and earthy hops with dark malt and fruity esters. Flavor is medium hops and bitterness, dark malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Leighton (9638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the hotel with the Nellser - picked up at Domus Birrae. Pours deep brown tip a foamy beige head and strong lacing. The aroma holds burnt brown bread, some grapefruit, light dry cocoa. Medium sweet flavor, some dirt and earth, mild baking cocoa, slight roast, dry grapefruit, faint berries. Medium bodied with average to lively carbonation. Light resinous but burnt pine to finish, some further dry grapefruit, orange, earth, dirty grass. Decent.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Brown color, beige head. Aroma of burnt pine. Taste is coffee, resin. Decent.
PotjeBier (1391) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Beer Temple. Black color. Uneven beige head, OK lacing. Aroma’s: from the glass - notably piney hops, some roast; retronasal it’s heavy roast, a bit of drop/licorice. Flavor is roasted, moderately bitter & lightly sweet, hint of acidity. Medium bodied. Finishes rather dry, roast, ash, bitter & herbal. Nice one.
ACD (564) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle at Probus Wines, Dublin. Cola-coloured pour with thick tan head. Interesting pine needles, herbal notes, and grapefruit in the aroma - a touch of light roastedness too. The taste initially gives plenty of pine and an almost menthol-like herbaceousness; juicy orange and grapefruit follow, with more pine needles, light tar, some dark roast coffee, and fairly smooth roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel, very easy drinking - no way would you imagine this to be 8%+. A nice crisp pine needle/herbal bitterness to finish, with some lingering citrus and coffee. Had this during a tasting of 5 other BIPAs - this one really did stand out: something incredibly interesting and moreish about the herbal zing to this. Good job, Brewfist.
Idiosynkrasie (3100) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pitch black colour with huge, firm, creamy, fully lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Piney and minimally herbal hop aroma, roasty dark malty background. Taste is piney herbal hoppy, dark malty background, hints of coffee flashing up from time to time; lasting slightly bitter hoppy finish; smooth palate.
Arve_Christian (2670) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle at Donkey Punch, Roma. Black color, good offwhite foam. Good hoppy aromas, also roasted some licorice. Medium/full body & medium/high complexity. High bitterness and god balance. Very enjoyable
Jimmythespoon (437) - CYPRUS - JUN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From cask, dark bronish black colour, nice head, nice dry bitterness with a roasty toasty finish.
yiannnos (672) - , CYPRUS - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Black colour. Hoppy aroma. Taste is floral hoppy roasted malts and chocolate.