Theydon_Bois (5308) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Ginger Man, NYC, 23/11/13.
Mid black with a good sized dirty tan head that thins to covering over time.
Nose is pine, roast malt, liqourice, cocoa, jammy berry fruits, skunky hops, bitter tropicals.
Taste comprises pine, mineral bite, tropicals, grapferuit, bitter hoppings.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate - works well on cask, earthy hop bitterness in the finish.
Top notch CDA.
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Multiple draft samples at NY Winter Beerfest, easily the beer of the night for me. Poured a great looking pitch black body with a large frothy dark beige head. Aroma was great, lots of chocolate, dark toast, citrusy hops, yellow grapefruit, char and roastiness. Medium body with avergae carbonation and a slight creaminess towards the end. Flavor is the same as the aroma, notes of roastiness, charred grapefruit, dark chocolate. This was one great beer.
beerbill (3179) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at the Blind Tiger. Arrived to the table just about black with a very thin tan head that quickly dissipated. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt and some coffee. A few wisps of pine in the nose as well. The flavor is similar with roasted malt and some mild coffee along with a touch of ash. Mild hops bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied.
TBone (11314) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @Bronx Ale House
Opaque black/brown color, good fluffy brown head. Herbal wild rosemary aroma with some hops and toasted malts. Medium-bodied. Lots of herbal hoppyness, pine needles, light toasted maltyness. Less roast, more pine.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Peekskill Brewery. Pours a dark black with a medium sized light tan head. Roast and cocoa, a faint hint of cattiness. Sweet cocoa and roast. Not much hop profile on the nose, this could probably be labeled as a porter and no one would be the wiser. Medium bodied, spicy malt with a sweet-tart background. Interesting. Chocolate and roast, cocoa.
ben4321 (3354) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Cask at 4th Ave Pub, 3/16/13
Aroma: It is pretty roasty, with some nice hop notes as well, with chocolate, coffee, and pine
Appearance: Pours an almost black color with a tan head that leaves a good amount of lace
Flavor: Tastes much the same, lots of roasted and malty flavors with a medium pine hop bitterness
Palate: This one had a smooth, creamy cask feel, a medium body, and a medium dry finish to it
You gotta love any name that describes a beer is both Black and Pale and does so un-ironically (for some reason Black Pale Ale seems much sillier than Black IPA, don’t ask me why). Anyway, I thought this was a really nice one.
swoopjones (4915) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Blue Monk, medium to fuller bodied black pour. dark tan head. Nice roastiness, chocolate, coffee notes. Seems more porterish to me. Good bitterness. Good beer
trapped (454) - TURKEY - MAR 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drought. Dark brown with brownish spongy large head, coffee and hops aroma, bitter coffee taste, long finish. Could be slightly less bitter.
tgncc (2497) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is spicy hops, roast. Smells lik it was dry-hopped. The appearance is jet black, deep tan head. The flavor is Spicy, floral and citrus hops, roasted malt. Tastes lik it was dry-hopped as well. The finish is big time floral and citrus. Medium to medium/thick in body. Pretty good.
Jow (1674) - New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the wonderful Brwers Choice event in NYC. Pours black with one finger head. Nice nose of hops and cocoa. Tastes of piney hops, leaf matter, herbal, chocolate, coffee, and lots of roasted malts. A bold tasting fun drink, nicely done I would order again.