rosenbergh (5936) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Gallows Bird XVI Real Ale Festival, Espoo, Finland.
Reddish dark brown colour with small tan head.
Rubber, grass, liquorice, malt and lots of dryness in aroma. Nice!
Flavour is quite the same. Some smoke and more roastiness in flavour. Balanced and tasty.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Desverger (1099) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle from Mr Lawrence, SE London) Pours very dark brown/black with a light brown/tan head. Aroma and taste is roasted malts, pine and rich citrus hops. Medium body. Very good Black IPA, love it.
mjs (4155) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 (Bottle, 0.5 l, at Kittys, 20130103) The beer poured almost black. Its head was small and white. Aroma had sweetness, hops and roasted malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were hops, roasted malts, burnt malts, sweet liquorice and bitterness. Aftertaste was burnt and bitter. A light black IPA with too burnt flavour. Still easy to drink. Old rating: 7-3-6-3-13.
(Re-rate, cask at Gallows Bird Real Ale Festival ’13) Updates to the previous rating. Aroma had roasted malts, spiciness and hops. Taste had strongly hops, mildly roasted malts and some sweetness. Way better than the bottled one.
Kavu (1896) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,5l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours dark brown with a low head. Aroma is roasted malts and alcohol. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee and alcohol. Not bad.
DanielBrown (3597) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Black, with cream on top. Bitter malt, or is it hop? What am I tasting? Don’t want to get it wrong. Deffo some of Bish’s coins here. Smooth, liquiddy feel. Almost like drinking an actual beer. Heeeeeeyy, but seriously, some bramble, some dark choc. Easy drinking. Probably should have tried this before Buxton’s Imperial Black, but hey ho.
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black Rocks. Yes it does. Name anything and the blacker the better. Except bananas. And toe nails. And orange juice, moods, lights, milk and snow.
johninmelb (1117) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic nose on this one - balanced, hoppy, dark malts, gentle treacle mixed with fresh mango. Extra appearance point for delivering a head that looks like maple ice cream. The flavour delivers on the promise of the nose - stonkingly good. Dark stout-like characters from the toasted malt (licorice, cocoa, aniseed, molasses) threaded with fresh hop notes (grapefruit, lychee, orange peel) in superb harmony. Finish is bitter and dry and achingly moreish. What a corker. I’ll look for more from this brewer, and particularly will have to get my hands on the big brother stablemate Imperial Black.
RichTheVillan (1910) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines; pitch black, substantial light brown head, pine hop aroma, taste is a perfectly balanced fruity hop with delicious roast malts. With a dry bitter finish.
_angst_ (2256) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from a bottle @ Bishops Arms Järntorget. Pours dark brownish black with a frothy gray head that leaves lots of trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is fruity, herbal and very hoppy fresh with peaches, roasted malts, passionfruit, gooseberries, pineapple, ammonium chloride, dark roast coffee, lychee, grapefruit juice and burnt cookies. Taste is tiny sweet, bitter and fruity with pineapple, peaches, pine, resinous wood, gooseberries, lychee, grapefruit juice, black currants, roasted malts, dark roast coffee and hints of salty liquorice. Mouthfeel is round, tiny astringent and medium bodied. Finish is bitter and fruity with roasted malts, tropical fruits, burnt cookies, pine, resin and salty liquorice. Very nice!
gnoff (7327) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 50 cl at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg. On November 26, 2012, during Porterveckan.
Clear very dark red color, tan head. Hoppy, fresh, citrus scent. Sweet, bitter, hoppy, citrus taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.