GraveAtSea (139) - Lublin, POLAND - MAR 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color with nice creamy head, lacing glass. Lovely aroma, very hoppy. Grapefruits, pines, resins, tropical fruits, blackcurrant - smooth chocolate, roasted malts in background. Taste is bitter. Velvet and oily texture. Notes of grapefruits, pines, resins, citrus, grass. Delicate hints of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts in the background. Excellent, very drinkable and tasty beer. With eyes closed, it tastes like a pale version of the IPA.
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAR 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grifo. Vaso Shaker @ Freiburg (Barcelona). Color negro y espuma bronceada. Corona cremosa y algodonada. Aromas de maltas caramelo, torrefactas y quemadas. La entrada dulce, cremosa y torrefacta es barrida por un agudo amargor. Cuerpo medio/ligero y carbonatación moderada. Textura oleica algo aguada. Toques amargos y quemados en el intermedio aunque también se percibe un dulzor empalagoso. Matices de licor en el prolongado final y leve cítrico y pino en el retrogusto. Se agradecería un mejor equilibrio de lúpulos y maltas para sentir mi lengua !!
On-tap. Shaker glass @ Freiburg (Barcelona). Black color & tan head. Creamy & rocky foam. Roasted, burnt & caramel malt aromas. Roasted, sweet & creamy upfront swept it out by sharp bitterness. Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Bitter & burnt touches in the middle but cloying sweetness is felt as well. Licorice hues in a long finish. Slight citric & piney aftertaste. Hops & malts could be better balanced since I can´t feel my tongue!!
solidfunk (7354) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok. Hops and roasty malt aren’t super prominent here. Pours mahagony without much head or lacing. Finishes medium bitter with a palate that gets fleshed on on the aftertaste better than the initial sip. Some dark chocolate. Tap at Churchkey.
hawthorne00 (3464) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 10C. Black with an inch of beige head. Aroma of gooseberries, grass clippings, mocha, dark berries. Carbonation is fairly high, body is medium. Sweetish at first with lots of Kiwi tropical and grassy notes, grapefruit, some dark sugars. Dryish, fairly bitter and a tad ashy at the end. Vibrant and cheerful.
beholder (58) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: dark brown, or almost black with a medium sized tan head that stays very long. Nice lacing. I don’t like the sediment floating in the glass throughout drinking.
Aroma: not very intense, with hints of roastiness and tropical fruits. Imperial Black from Buxton had much better aroma than this one.
Taste: I’m not sure, but I think something’s wrong here. This doesn’t taste like an american black ale. It lacks the hoppiness, instead there’s a lot of roastiness and coffee plus that burnt aftertaste plus medium but lasting and rather unpleasant bitterness. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, low carbonation.
Overall: not a bad beer, but I guess this wasn’t the best batch. Bottled on 7-01-2014. Well, I’ll try this one again, but not any time soon.
thebizbizon (27) - POLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is great, some fruit which I could not specify, later on I’ve read that it’s blackcurrant - well maybe ;) but I like it, mixed with roasted malt aroma. Fruity taste.
HonusWagner (2072) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not as fresh as I would like, and the rating will suffer for it, but I think I wouldn’t have loved it regardless. Notes of grapefruit linger, but a bit on the char/ashy side of malt presence, less on the cocoa/semisweet side I’d prefer from a slightly faded Black IPA. I don’t know that I’d be a huge fan of this beer if it was a day old, based on the malt profile.
ansalon (2869) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is roasted malts, tropical fruits, orange, cocoa nibs, brown sugar. Taste is peach, apricot, rye bread, a bit of roasted nuts, cocoa nibs and honey. Very good!
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Ozckr (327) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
roasty, toast, black, hazy, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, lively, bitter,
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mane Liquor. Pours a black with a tanned head. Nose is quite milk chocolate and espresso forward with pine hops. Taste has more of the dry milk chocolate and espresso coming through. Pine and citrus come into the picture. Biscuit malt coating at the end. Pretty solid brew