Gurthnar (2138) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma plum, chocolate. Light roast. Moderate herbal grassy hops. Dark brown colour. Taste is very nicely balanced, with bold amount of chocolate and roast complementing the grassy herbal hoppiness. Nicely balanced. Very good.
MisoW (1760) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Behind the hills beer tasting 2014. Pours black color, nice long lasting beige head. Aroma is roasted, hoppy, coffee, cocoa. Taste is roasted, hoppy, grapefruit, coffee, dark chocolate, lightly sweet, some hints of alcohol. Very nice one.
Cuso (5049) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark brown color with medium beige heads. Roasted malt, citrus hops in aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, citrus hops in taste. Medium long hoppy bitter finish. Good.
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This fruity, resinous and chocolatey Black IPA pleases from aroma to finish, lending plenty of complexity and flavor.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A stable sheet of foam decorates the brown-edged black.
-Carbonation might be a bit zealous.
-Hop profile is more coniferous than citrusy.
-Bitterness is a blend of hop resins and malt roastiness.
-Drinkability is pretty high for the style.
Bottle. Merci, Ian!
FROMTHEBOTTLE (9) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Pours jet black with frothy tan head, Could be visually mistaken for a porter until you smell the unmistakable hops. Then no doubt it is a black ipa.. Nose is citrus and grapefruit, Subtle malt, licorice and pine resin undertones lead to a lingering bitterness, Cheers.
zvikar (3612) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks kerenmk. Pours brow to black, ugly, aroma of orange, tangerine, fresh, flavor is roasted and smoked with tangerine and some acidity tones, medium bodied
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from LCBO. Pours very dark brown with a spongy tan head. Hoppy citrus aroma with some molasses, coffee malt. Medium, creamy body. A hint of floral. Balanced and smooth with a bitter finish. This is a great flavourful black IPA.
Darn_it (18) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Expensive beer but worth the price. My bottle from an LCBO in toronto is estimated at a couple months old, but the hops hold on hard.
Upfront tropical fruity hops are what your first introduced to on the nose but a light woodyness and cocoa come through as well.
This wonderful cherry note on the pallet that may be part of the stout or may be a combination of the hops and the stouts flavours but its a very none candied fresh cherry.
I am a fan of big Beers and the quality of all aspects of this beer are apparent.
Get leather and over-roasted coffee on the finish. Which is a great contrast to the fruity hop character at the start. At one point I thought black ipas would be my favorite style before getting heavily into multiple belgian styles. This Beer is a great way to remind me of it’s styles potential.
4theluvofbeer (109) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a big beige head. Aroma is sweet fruit and hoppy. Taste of hops, citrus and burnt malts. Medium body with a flavor that lingers.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2013, Parsons Green, London in July 2013 - Pitch Black in colour. Tan head. Very Malty; liquorice, roasty malts, coffee, caramel. Hoppy; distinct piney resiny hop bitterness. Fruity; grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits. Nice malt/hop/fruit balance. Terrific beer!