RexTalionis (2401) - FINLAND - JUL 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown in color with a bubbly tan head. Roasted, hoppy, light fruity, cats pee in aroma. Grassy bitter with roasted notes in taste. Bitter chocolate in finish.
hawthorne00 (2399) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 10C was a little too cold. Black with a modest but stable beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, chocolate, , red berries, gentle pine - enveloping rather than punchy. Creamy, low carbonation. Taste has sweet dark sugars and chocolate, citrus (grapefruit, leafy lemon) and berries. Bitterness is assertive then slowly fades to a point. Really good.
Spab (2337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a very dark brown with good-sized, lasting tan head. Aroma is nicely balanced between roasty malt and citrusy and resiny hops. Flavour is roasty, almost ashy malt with some fruit and licorice and solid citric/piney hop presence. Lingering bitterness in finish. Very nice.
Holmen1 (2337) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff sep-13: definitivt friskere og mer sympatisk enn Hardknott Code Black (også en svart bleking). Syrlig og litt medisinal, men allikevel god medisin. Interessant blanding av sødme, syrlighet og mørk bitterhet. God fylde, men stilarten (som språklig er en selvmotsigelse, a contradiction of terms ville en engelskmann sagt) er foreløpig ingen favoritt hos meg.
cfrancis (2311) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a moderate beige head and good lacing. Aroma is a pleasant mix of roasted malts and citrus hops. Taste is a great citrus zest from the hops that is well balanced with the roasted malts. Great beer.
kerenmk (2260) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Murky dark brown. Coke and faint smoke aroma, delicate bitterness with just a little ash in the mouth. Medium-to-full body, a little ash finish.
zacgillbanks (2244) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Rehills in Newcastle. Inky black with spicy orange marmalade flavours and a bitter grapefruit finish. Superb!
BenH (2239) - 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....
Metalchopz (2235) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown colour with copper highlights. The head is big, creamy, beige, has great retention and some tiny bubbled lacing. Nice fresh hoppy nose with the roasted malt as base. Much of the same for the taste. Oily mouthfeel with a nicely balanced bitterness creating some mild dryness in the finish, but not too much. The grass is fresh everywhere, so good choice of hops in this one. Goes down very well. Was just fooled by the title, as I did not expect an Imperial American Black Ale.
matt7215 (2165) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from the LCBO. dark brown, tan head. appropriate black IPA. in good shape considering the delay getting it into Ontario. lots of flavour, not the most drinkable. good if you like the style.