Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Cloisters. Pours red to black, a creamy head one centimetre. Nice citrus and black coffee on the nose. The palate is really remarkably smooth and soft, with dark coffee and dark chocolate flavours, along with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg hints with citrus fruit and nutty notes. Anything which can balance those coffee, chocolate and citrus flavours so well, with that mouth-feel, has to be well done.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at Cloisters. Dark brown/black with really creamy head. Citrus hop nose, fresh and juicy. Creamy, luscious dark chocolate palate, fresh mango and coffee finish. Awesome.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair white head. Very hoppy aroma of pine, pineapple and passion fruit with some coffee and roasty malt also. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Alcohol is well balanced with lingering pine and roasty malt flavours.
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@King William IV, London. Dark ambery copper colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, mild toast, some earthyness as well. Flavour is much the same. Rather sweet as for the flavour.
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Pours brown with an off-white head.Aroma of peachy hops, pine, citrus, fruitiness, ale yeast and cheesy hops. Flavor is fruity and sweet with some bitter notes, Medium body, average carbonation. Nice hoppy beer.
omhper (19950) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the brewpub. Near black. Grapefruit aroma. Mid sweet with medium-full body, rounded mouthfeel. Intense salty grapefruity hops, chocolatey malt. Long, remarkably bitter finish.
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2012 Bottle at home 01/12... thanks to james ... deep brown ... small off white head ... big juicy pine hop and roast malt nose ... light bitter pine hop front ... juicy malts ... light body (what makes the difference between black IPA and Hoppy stout for me) light oilyness ... little mandarin ...little soapy ... but all round not bad
cask at King William 08/11
dark black ... thin tan head .. zezty ... big sweet woodty toffe malt ... big pine ... juicy ... light body ... little soapy ... great fruityness
bottle at home 05.12... deep black ... small head ... zezty dry woddy nose ...light bitter woody front ... soft pine ... light soapy ness ... dark woody malts .. still very good 3.7 but a little better fresher
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from cgarvieuk, thanks man!
Black IPA from london. Pop the cap, ad am assaulted by the hop aroma. Citrus and Passion Fruit smack me in the face, nice!!
pours a dark brown, so not quite black, so a bit of a lie on the label, but I’ll let it pass based on the nose!
Taste is a bit odd, and a cross between a porter and an IPA, but it doesnt fit as well as i had hoped. The hops seem to clash a bit. It is more bitter on the palate than the nose would suggest as well. more English bitter.
I was really hoping this would be great, but it is more of a battle on the palate than the harmony as i was hoping.
Mouthfeel is thick for the style, which is kind of nice with great carbonation, but it is hard to get over the clashing.
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
23rd November 2011
Should be aliased to Black IPA IMHO!
Opaque black beer, decent pale tan head. Dry palate, slightly soft. Smooth dark malt, roast and bitterness free! Nice piney hops with a trace of tropical fruits - domintaed by that Galaxy earthy mango. Dry finish with some hop bitterness and a little dark malt bitterness finally emerging with some malt cream keeping it company!. Nice!
Earlier Rating: 9/4/2011 Total Score: 3.8
3rd September 2011
Brodies Birthday Fest at the King William. Think this was labelled ’American Black’? Opaque black beer that shows some red - brown at the edges. Residual tan head. Smooth palate with a tiny bit of carbonation. Smooth dark malt, robust but not bitter or roasty. Piney hops but the Galaxy hops also provide fresh zingy tropical fruits. Semi dry finish. A rich and tasty Black IPA and I thoroughly enjoyed my pint and the sneak preview of this the previous night - Cheers Jonathan!
Scopey (7396) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Mason & Taylor (7% and named Dalston Black IPA). It pours very dark brown, with a ruby tinge and a thick creamy beige head. The nose is charcoal, resin and aniseed. The taste is resin, wood, charcoal, burnt caramel, salted liquorice, well hidden alcohol, roasted malt and a touch of smoke, with a big bitter-dry finish. Full body, fine carbonation and good balance. Really tasty stuff.