sheep (93) - FINLAND - JAN 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle, bbe 01/04/2013. Pours deep dark brown with a nice and creamy head. Aroma has lots of resinous, piney hops, some tropical fruit, a faint sharp citrusy note and light caramel. Taste is all piney hops with light roast and a real harsh and astringent bitterness in the finish, like biting on some fresh hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and sparkly with medium carbonation. A little unbalanced.
kermis (3678) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at King William IV. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, grass, brett, pine and citrus. Flavour is moderate sweet, heavy bitter, light sour. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.
JohnRMurdoch (2701) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 330ml bottle from Hippo Beers. Almost black colour, reasonable head. Pine hop aroma. Dry citrus fruit tar & hop flavour. Grapefruit aftertaste. A really good beer.
jmgreenuk (2617) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dalston Black IPA. Cask at King Willliam IV, Leyton. A durian fruit aroma! Really. The flavour is medium bitter, with fruit, liqourice and spicy notes on the palate. A superb ale.
pellegjr (390) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of ACD, cheers Alex! Pours jet black with resilient sticky, rocky oatmeal head, Pleasant pine and resin-soaked aroma punctuated with some fine estery vapors. Wow, bracingly hoppy throughout with a substantial and lingering bittereness. Heavy Columbus and Cascade profile. Very smooth with only a trace of roastiness. Finishes creamy and oily. Very enjoyable, glad I got to try it!
Theydon_Bois (5320) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Ales & Tails, Twickenham - 15/12/12.
Light black with a mahoooosive frothy tan head.
Nose is pine, hops, chocolate, a little mustyness.
Taste comprises pine, hops, liqourice, touch of chocolate, light metallic and mineral notes, bitter grapefruit, puff of smoke.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter dry finish.
Rune (6905) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg, as Black IPA, half-pint, in a very relaxing atmosphere sitting by the open fire place at the excellent King William IV in Leyton. Deep black body topped by a decent, creamy tan-coloured head. Solid artwork to the glass. Semi-tart berries and aniseed fruits to the nose. Flavoured with citrus fruits mixed with malty hints of liquorice, grain and chocolate. Rather too much of bitter tartness towards the ending. Good without being outstanding (Greater London, 24.11.2012).
Borup (4426) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, hops, roasted malt, licorice and yeast.
Beersiveknown (2127) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from cotteridge wines, birmingham
Dark brown-black with fantastic satsuma aroma. Chocolate orange, no astringency, little bitterness, full of hop flavour. This is up there with the best and keen to dry on draught.
ACD (528) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Pours black with thick and lasting tan/off-white head ’- light lacing. Aroma is wonderful - loads of tropical fruit character: passionfruit, mango, citrus, grape all there in abundance. Hardly any indication of roasted malt or any aromas you’d associate with dark beers. Taste also showcases juicy tropical fruits with a tasty zing of citric bitterness. Roasted malt comes through after the initial tropical buzz, with some notes of coffee and liquorice. Medium mouthfeel, perfect level of carbonation. Aftertaste is an interesting mix of roasted flavour and grapefruit bitterness. A top-notch, seriously drinkable BIPA.