caesar (6473) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from de Molen Beershop, bottled 19/2/15 BB 19/2/16, large sample. Dark brown color, big frothy light brown head. Big aroma of piney and citrussy hop, slight roast and hint of cookie. Medium bitterness in taste, some roast, slight cookie sweetness. Slight thin in body, but the aroma makes up for that. Good beer.
gegwilson (3003) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask in the Buxton Tap House, Buxton. Pours mahogany with a really light layer of cream froth. Mild pine hop aroma. The taste is bitter with pine initially before chocolate and liquorice. Nice balance between roasted malt and hop profiles. Really good.
gunnfryd (13969) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
KØLF 141114. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, pine. Flavour is coffee, roasted malt, hop, chocolate, pine, orange, citrus. Very nice beer.
likeatrainwreck (417) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Buxton Tap House. Black with thick tan head. Heady fruity hop aromas with roasted malt... Flavours follow suit. Really thick and creamy malts with a strong hop backbone. Superb black IPA. Helps that it was served impeccably at Buxton’s own tap house.
djoeye (3194) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, beige huge head, standing bumpy. Lacing’s varied with holes.
Dry prunes through forest leaves, pine cones, liquorice and berries, and a tiny coffee note into the nose. Tastes dark malts, dusty leafy hops, liquorice, coffee notes, huge bowl of dark fruits. Lingering fruity dark finish including potent hops. Body’s good, carbonation’s soft. Tasty sipper.
[33cl br bottle, abv7.5%, BB11.06.2015, B@Vinmonopolet 9008, T@höme17May]
IngetSlick (107) - - MAY 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Saveur Bière. Beige foamy head with a coffee colored liquid. Smells of Hazelnut and citrus. A complex tste of grass, citrus, coffe & punch. Sweet & bitter aftertaste. Overall an exceptional Black IPA.
minutemat (3998) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Eebria. Pours black with tan head. Brilliant zesty Black IPA with hints of chocolate and a nice bitter finish. Lovely.
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
English black IPA with dense, creamy, pale beige, regularly shaped head and opaque black colour. Strong and very attractive, elegantly spicy hoppy and refreshing aroma of grapefruit, pine needles, lemon zest, chocolate fondant, dried plums, toasted bread, black pepper corns, liquorice, dried wormwood and other bitter herbs, tangerine, walnuts, blueberries... Fruity onset, raisins, sourish berries, pear, with a strong and very refreshing citrus peel note, medium carbo, smooth and oily mouthfeel, smooth and velvety dark maltiness ensuing with nutty, caramelly and slightly chocolatey character, becoming roasted bitter in the end, but no coffee-like flavour: instead, the roasted bitterness is interrupted by the hops, playing their role in drying the mouth, with a resinous, peppery and lovely citrussy, aromatic quality as well as deeply bittering, lasting for a long time; alcohol warms a little bit, whisky-like, but does not become too apparent at any point. This is a beautifully crafted example of a style I admittedly have a weakness for. Cheers to Buxton, one of those new, creative English craft breweries. Makes me curious for the rest of their range.
Bosbouw (2587) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Donkere roodzwarte kleur met een volle lichtbruine kraag. Ruikt fruitig, hop, chocolade, koffie. Smaakt bitter, koffie, fruitig, vanille. Goede bittere smaak, maar ook zacht en zoetig. Mooi bier.
Douberd (4610) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Buxton Imperial Black) Bottle 330 ml, shared with vipinvelp, ABV 7.5%
Black coloured body, light beige head, tall but a bit thin, with good retention though, leaving medium lacing on the glass.
Aroma of grass, hops, citrus, not so much roasted character.
Nice taste, grass, light hops, wild plantation, light chocolate, roasted malts now, liquorice.
Medium body, good carbonation.