BenH (1359) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a well held tan head. Pungent hop aroma, grapefruit, citrus, mango, hint of licorice. Taste is better than aroma, delicious, fruit salad hops with a hint of chocolate, coffee and licorice. Full bodied, smooth, nice bitterness. An excellent black, not sure if it beats sublimely self righteous though....
thepegjett (1262) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate with citrus and roasted coffee. Full body and dark, with light sweet with full roasted and citrus bitter. Fabulous!!!
cgarvieuk (11024) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 cask at reading ... deep black ... thinmtn head... soft zezty pine hop nose ... juicy malts ... dark malts... soft roast ... big pine zezt ... juicy fruits 4.1
deep black ... thick .. tan head ... soft mellow toffee malt ... soft pine nose... juicy roast ... mellow and smooth toffee and chocoalte roast ... with that nice pine back bone ... fruitier 4.3
cask at bow ... deep black ... thin tan head ... juicy pine and roast malt nose ... soft toffee roast ... big pine ... light soapy ... little coffee ... nice nice nice ... but quite intense 4.3
keg at the bow dec12... deep brown black... creamy tan head ... zezty pine and oerange ... dark roast malt nose ... way to cold and huge co2 pricle ... dark roast ... chocolate malts ... soft zezty pine ... crackin but fizz is ruining it. 4.0
wheresthepath (1285) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Cask at Reading BF] Deep brown-black with a moderate cream head. Lots of pine and good pithy grapefruit perfectly balanced with sweet chocolate and a moderate roast. Great black IPA, yum! c10
harrisoni (10950) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask conditioned at Reading BF 2012. Black beer. Lasting tan head. Hoppy aroma. Decent beer. Very decent black ipa. Lovely rich choc malt. Lovely in fact. Good
tommann (1997) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours black with a large head. Aroma is lime, blackcurrant and pine. Subtle. Taste has pine throughout, some blackcurrant. Pine and roast lingers on the finish. Tasty indeed.
evergreen0199 (1335) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Euston Tap, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Hoppy, citrus fruit aroma. Tastes hoppy, citrus fruit, malty, dry and bitter. Decent enough Black IPA but no world beater.
kermis (2533) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Beer Temple. Dark brown unclear pour with a tiny tan head. Aroma dominate by grassy hops and nettles. Flavour as a foreground caramel sweetness and light malt, with massive grass coming through in the background bitterness. Medium bodies and low carbonation. Intense beer!
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at The York Tap. Pours a very dark brown colour with a thick light tan head. A beautiful upfront hop aroma of pine and grapefruit before light chocolate and roasty malt. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Alcohol is quite present and also quite bitter with a long roasty malt, dark chocolate, pine and grapefruit linger. Stunning!
AleTsar (1342) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2012 Take 2 Cask @ York Tap, 270412
Even better on cask - A fantastic beer.
Bottle from Tomlinsons Beer Shop, Inverness 180412 8/4/9/4/17
Very dark ruby brown, tan frothy head, good lacing
Aroma - Citrus resinous hops, juicy quite sweet citrus fruits, soft grapefruit, gentle very soft dark roast malt in the background
Taste - Citrus hops, resinous hops, soft grapefruit, citrus fruits, hops are not astringent here, no grass, very soft dark deep roasted malts. Very well blended, great flavour, alcohol very well hidden, great balance.
Palate - soft carb, medium body, citrus tangy palate. Finish as main flavour with a citrus bitter tangy linger.
Overall - A superb BIPA - dangerously drinkable for the abv - the balance between hoppy IPA and ’stouty’ roasted dark malts is just right. No roughness or astringency. What an exquisite beer!