Habanero (3046) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours deep brown with a small lacing, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, pine and coffee. Sweet flawor that ends up more dry. Medium to full bodied, oily text. and soft carb. A nice black IPA indeed.
BenH (2854) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Darkest brown with tan head. Pungent NZ hop aroma, grapefruit and melon, also some coffee and chocolate. Taste has grapefruit, peach, licorice, coffee and chocolate. A tad thin perhaps and moderate level of bitterness. Very tasty
hawthorne00 (2706) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 [April 23 2012] Bottle, 13C. Clear dark brown with a light tan head that fades to a coat. Aroma of chocolate, orange, grapefruit, some bread. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Not all that sweet but there’s toffee, bread and chocolate; bitter oranges and light spices. Bitter but not severe finish and there’s no sense of the hops having to struggle out from underneath to make their presence felt. Very inviting weight. No clashing or muddled flavours. Delicious. [8 3 8 5 17= 4.1]
[May 17 2012]A little of the zesty edge is already muted.
2013 version, April 17. Growler. Almost black with a large light tan head that lasts well. Aroma of cocoa, fudge, flowers, pine, grapefruit, passionfruit. Much less citrus than last time, pretty clearly a different hop. Shame, I loved the choc-orange. Similar balance, but perhaps a little more bitterness and the pine shines though at the end too. Really very nice but doesn’t quite do it for me like last time. [8 4 7 4 15 = 3.9] Leaving score as is.
2014 version. Back to that choc-orange. A little more bitterness or just (even) less sweetness than the original version? Food: sweet Gorgonzola on Challah.
stevoj (2664) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Bitter Phew. Killer black IPA, sweetness tempers the normal roast grain bitterness. Black pour with tons of lacing. Mild roast grain aroma leads into taste that is equal parts sweet and bitter. Pleasant lingering bitterness (burnt toast) and sweet (dark chocolate).
ALLOVATE (2541) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An impressive beer from start to finish. It produces up a midnight brown with a big, whipped cream, cappuccino foam that trails a mean lace. Nose hints at twiggy bark, mocha and bitter/sweet roasted cocoa beans, tree resin, pine needles and smoky phenols. Similar in the mouth. A lean towards strong, roasted malts over hops proves to work well. Body is medium and it lingers oh so long between sips. Smoky, chalky and woody with huge roasted coffee and bitter, dark chocolate notes. Light note of stonefruit and citrus pokes out from underneath giving it a supple juiciness. Quite dry overall with just enough sweetness for complexity. Wow, this is good. Gets better as it warms. A smashing ale. Well done! (33cL, Bottled on 10/04/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
hirigalzkar (2461) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black witha off white head. Licorice and citrus notes in the aroam. Crisp and hoppy at first. Then the dark malts and licorice takes over. Small herbalness in the aftertaste. This ones more about the hops and less about the malts (compared to other Black IPAs).
stravale (2395) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #900 Bottle at Craig’s 271012
Black, some light through, thin white head
Aroma - soft roasted malts, soft piney hops, soft citrus hops
Taste - Dark roasted malts, piney hops, soft citrus hop. nice mellow roast, perhaps a little dull for a BIPA
Palate - soft carb, thin to medium body. Finish slightly dry, as main flavour.
finol (2349) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a little brown head.
Sweet malty and hoppy brew, lots of oranges.
Davros (2205) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows fruity hops, with pinapple and passion fruit the most prominent.
Underneath is roasted malt and nutty notes. Very tempting.
Roasted malt takes precedence over the hops in the flavours, with nutty, biscuit-like malt and earthy coffee notes at the forefront. Not too much in the way of hops other than in the piny, grapefruit-like assertive bitterness.
Could use a richer body.
ration (2004) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
021212. Bottle at hotel from Kris Wines, London. Pours black with a nice head. Aroma roasted malts, hops, nuts. Nice hoppy chocolate taste. Smooth oily texture. Very nicely balanced. Not Bad.