JoeMcPhee (8214) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep pitch black pour with a thick moussey brown head. The aroma is amazing - orange peel, tangerine and some slightly tropical notes. A very subtle bit of cocoa and a touch of moderate malt character through the middle. Medium bodied but the hops in here are very expressive. Juicy and citrusy with a fantastic balance of malt and hops. Has a little bit of floral character as well. It’s lovely.
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very drinkable and balanced achievement. Bang on the style, jet black, citrus aroma, roast right there. Above average mouthfeel.LCBO.
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, Derby Winter Fest 2012. Very dark brown with a beige foam. Aromas are spicy with fruity, nutty dark chocolate and peppery grapefruit. Light coffee with melon and burnt toast. Flavours are bittersweet grapefruit with dark chocolate and marzipan. Spicy with vinous, red wine fruitiness. Pithy and dry to finish. Good stuff.
MartinT (7523) - 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!
Rune (7361) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
200ml, keg, shared with Skinnyviking at Mikkeller & Friends. Good lacing from a bubbly, tan-coloured head. Devil-black body colour. Aroma of earthy malts and dark fruits. Well blended taste of resin-like hops, coffee grounds, and dark fruits. Bitter finish. Fresh and nice (Copenhagen, 22.05.2013).
Fin (7039) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, handpump at Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell, London 6th Jan 2012 Black in colour with a filmy head. This is an ’In yer face’ beer with loads of chocolate and citrus zapping around. Good thrusting bitterness with a nice drying finish, citrus showing well mainly grapefruit, drinks far too easily for the abv, Lovely, not quite as lovely as the ’Wild Boar’ but still a corking beer. [b> A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8
Theydon_Bois (7004) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Cask, Pimlico - 10/10/12.
Opaque very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head.
Fruits on the nose namely blackcurrants, licqourice, pine, hops and traces of toffee.
Pine forward in flavour, hops, licqourice, light mineral tones, touch of chocolate and a little booze.
Fuller end of medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter dry finish,
Benzai (6432) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
50cl bottle shared with Dutchdrebus. Pitch black color, small rough off-white colored head. Smell is great: malts, roasted malts, hops, fruity hops. Taste malts, lightly some coffee, fantastic hops, fruityness and a lovely bitterness. Wow this is good! Medium body, medium carbonation.
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Low fluffy and quickly disappearing brown head. Very dark body. Mild sugary coffee citrus cream aroma and flavor with a fair amount of hops bitterness. Low carbonation. Short finish. Alcohol level nicely disquised.
Hansen (6207) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@Voldby. Dark brown coloured. Has an off-white head, lasting. Heavy hoppy aroma, herbs, citrus, fresh water. Sweet flavor, more hops, bitter finish. Dry-dry texture.