Unde (890) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cola brown colour, small head but lots of lacing. Aroma has lots of hops, grapefruit, lemon, pines and licorice. Taste has licorice, some roasted malts, grapefruit and pine flavour hops in the end. Medium body with medium carbonation. I would’ve wanted a bit more ’black’ in this IPA. But still very good.
drjoeng (857) - SINGAPORE - SEP 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
7.5% ABV IPA
Pours out a stout head of thick tan foam. Settles into a thin crust of creamy malty foam.
The nose on this thing is disarming and deceptively deep and floral. Looks like a stout, smells like an IPA. Nice strong hints of ripe kiwis and passion fruit.
First mouthful is light, carbonated and hoppy. There is no syrupy heft. Something you’d expect of a imperial stout or strong porter which this had every indication of being when poured out.
Only as the first few mouthfuls settles into the back of the throat does the stout experience start to kick in with a toasty, malty, barley-like bass beat. There is a soft harmony of toffee, and a hint of dark chocolate. Breathe in through your nose and let it linger in the back of your throat and you amazingly get another cheeky reminder that the brewer’s crafty use of aromatic hops.
Goes on my favorites list.
Saeglopur (1696) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - SEP 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Dark brown to black body, with a quite small but stable, creamy, beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, wood, earth, citrus, dark berries. Taste with about the same aromas and some more tropical fruits. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, with a lively carbonation and it finishes medium bitter, roasty and citric. Tasty! Especially the balance is great, with creamy dark malt notes on a par with fresh citric hop notes. Really easy to drink, the ABV isn’t noticeable. Overall I have to say, I’m beginning to love Black IPAs from Britain, each one I’ve had so far was just delicious!
suurjuust (2852) - ESTONIA - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer, tan head. Nose is roasty malt, crisp hops, grapefruit, passion fruit. Taste is roast, malt, touch of coffee and chocolate. Finish has a lot of grapefruity hops, nice roasty bitterness and some alcohol. Medium carbonation, somewhat oily mouhtfeel.
Simonsen (1117) - NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Svart farge, mykt karbonert med beige kremet skumtopp. Smaker kaffe, sitrus, granbar samt fruktighet fra solbær. En anstendig bipa. Ganske god
ColaKid (82) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bloody ripper of a black IPA. Had a pint at East of Everything, Melbourne. A full bodied IPA with robust blackcurrent citrus hop flavour, amazing stuff!
HaakonBjerkeli (44) - NORWAY - AUG 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick , pale cappuccino head, lasting. Creamy and medium body, almost black. Aroma is citrusy, dark fruit/berry. Taste is the same, som bitterness, roast, malt sweetness. Good balance between styles.
esp0r (2729) - NORWAY - AUG 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle enjoyed at home
Black with a tanned head. Smell of roast, citrus, dark malts. Moderate sweet, roast, coffee and citrus nice blended. Medium bitter finish. A quite straight forward BIPA
s_hartshorne (2632) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to richthevillanvillan black tan head. Aroma is topical pine liquorice. Taste is same good roasted notes and good hoppy bitterness. Nice oily mouthfeel. V good
Bootlegger007 (92) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong mix of aromas, citrus and tropical fruits with the IPA mixed with the burnt grains and licorice dark ale, pours black and murky (I don’t like to waste the sediment) with a small but lasting head, it was a full bodied IPA with the advantage of dark ale burnt bitter finish.