DanielBrown (3481) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Post Office Vaults, Birmingham. Black. This is exceptionally drinkable. The hops are present, but not the biggest. But the balance is the real winner here - so so smooth, by which I mean the flavour hits the tongue from the off and remains constant. Good.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Tap East, London. Pours black with a thick, lasting, tight creamy tan cap. Nice, sturdy dark roasted malts in the nose with punches of burnt pine and grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor, pretty smooth, good roasty malts, some juicy grapefruit, nips of coconut, dark sugars. Medium bodied with fine, gentle carbonation. Moderate piney resins to finish, more well-roasted malts, light dirt, dark sugars, restrained burnt grass bitterness, some background cocoa. Great balance overall. Really smooth and cohesive.
NikkTwist (1239) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Eulogy. Nearly opaque ruby black pour with a foamy off-white head. Dark chocolate. Coffee grounds. Cola. Vinyl. Asphalt. Truffles. Cigarettes. Burnt orange peels. Dark malt flavors largely trump the hops here. Medium-light body. Not creamy. Quite sweet but even more bitter. Some nice dark flavors but ultimately feels thin.
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Tap East. very deep ruby coloured beer. A chocolatey black ipa. Unless its really good i just want this style to die. I just dont like it. This one is ok. Just
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mini Growler from Spirits Cross Roads. Pours out a dark cola color with a small white head. Aroma is of chocolate, toasty malts, citrus hop notes and light floral hops. Taste is chocolate, toasty malts, citrusy hops, light lemon zest, pine, burnt toast and some more hops in the finish.
closey22 (573) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with ruby hilights and lasting off-white head; aroma hoppy and grainy grassy ; Flava is roasted toasty and hoppy; feels a bit light; finishes long dry and hoppy
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap from the ’13 Cincy Beerfest. Deep garnet colored beer with a frothy tan head. Big pine and herbal hop nose. Flavors of dark malts, burnt toast, some ash with spruce and pine notes with something almost menthol in there. Long hop resin finish.
Ron (2186) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Tap and Mallet. I came here for the porter but they had changed that out so I tried this. The appearance is black with a light tan head with some lacing. The The aroma is roast, burnt, chocolate. The flavor is mostly hops with some roasted chocolate. The finish is piney hops with mostly burnt roast. Not much malt.
Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured a medium brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of medium roast, citrusy and herbal hops. Flavor was ertainly more on the stout side than IPA side, more of a moedaretly hopped stout than black ipa. A bit dirty and astringent in the swallow. Ok.
Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Brewvival. Dark brown color, light brown head. Aroma has pine and flowers. Taste is roasty cocoa.