maneliquor (2294) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Euston Tap. Pours very dark brown with a small, firm beige head. Killer lacing. Nose is a little subdued but what’s there isn’t too bad. Mild roast and milk chocolate with some piney hops. Moderate roast in the taste with a touch of smokiness to it behind the grassy and earthy hops. Some liquorice in the very back. Quite dry. Moderate mouth feel with a touch of warmth. Solid
Otterdance (114) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Norwich Tap House. Black with a red hue and quickly diminishing off white head. Leans more towards the IPA end of the scale, but with some notable black stuff in there on the fruity side of a porter - so winter fruits, roast malts and a strong citrus and pine bitterness from the hops. Medium body, mild carbonation.
jamestulloch (844) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Dense black body with a thick off-white head that holds well. Excellent lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, oranges and a hint of chocolate - such a bright, fruity aroma for a Black IPA. Delicious tropical fruit flavour with a big hoppy hit. Medium body with an oily texture. A stunning Black IPA that leans more towards an IPA than a Porter.
Garrold (365) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Buxton Tap House. 6.0%. Very dark brown. Minimal head. Juicy dark fruits. Toffee apples. Big bitter mouthfeel. Big tasty IPA. Lovely.
Beese (675) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at The Lyric, London on 15 June. Dark, almost black pour. Burnt and bitter aroma; earthy with hints of coffee. Bitter taste followed by some subtle balanced sweetness.
BoBoChamp (4719) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl, new English brew Anno 2011, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex bitter brew, malty/fruity and slightly roasted/bitter, easy to drink, balanced, hazy, good head, nice brew
Lowenbrau (1481) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. Nice grapefruit aromas. Pours black with average tan head, some lacing. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Taste is some coffee, fruity hops, some subtle roasty flavours, well balanced. Very enjoyable. Dry finish.
Skinnyviking (6240) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Low and quickly dsiappearing white head. Hazy dark brown body. Hard roasted malt aroma with coffee and a touch of blackcurrant. Flavor of roasted malt and coffee with hints of grass and grapefruit. Low carbonation. Long finish. Alcohol level seems just right.
Rune (6941) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
200ml from tap at Mikkeller & Friends, shared with Skinnyviking. Coal black body, tiny layer, fragile lacing. Dark fruity aroma joined by roasted malts. Dark leafs to the taste buds mingled with roasted malts, including a touch of coffee. Malt bitter ending. Easy to drink and easy to enjoy (Copenhagen, 22.05.2013).
JorgeLee (964) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gravity at Cambridge Beer Festival 2013. Deep black with brown tint, not too much of a head. Intense mouth puckering upfront hit, fruity and also salty, it actually does have blackcurrant and licorice as the blurb says, almost like those old blackcurrant and licorice sweets! Really nice. Finish is long and bitter, citric, if anything like grapefruit. I sometimes find Black IPAs a bit artificial and forced, struggling to meld flavours together, but this is superb.