Desverger (7350) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at The Hare and Billet, Blackheath, London - black coloured pour with a big puffy beige head. Aroma and taste is a mix of roasted malts and tropical fruits, some citrus, prominent hoppy, grapefruit, pine needles, some caramel, cocoa, roasted hoppy finish. Lovely.
gyllenbock (7229) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Babajan, April 2013.
Black with a creamy slightly tan head. Soft and nicely drinkable with light roasted malt, licorice, hops, grape. The finish was bitter.
larsga (7157) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015
First rating: Big beige-brown lasting head. Mostly opaque black body goes deep dark
brown at edges. Spicy roasty earthy aroma with chocolatey notes.
Dry-sweet spicy earthy gooseberry taste with roasty notes.
Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry roasty earthy chocolatey
aftertaste with spicy gooseberry notes. Lovely, harmonic beer with
lots of flavour. (0.33l bottle, from wine monopoly, Strømmen.) 6,4,7,3,13=3.3
Second rating: Big brown-beige head. Opaque black body goes deep dark red at
the bottom with fast carbonation. Deep roasty tropical fruit
aroma with wooden overripe berries notes. Dry-sweet roasty
pineapple taste with wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft
mouthfeel. Dry wooden lacquer and tropical fruit aftertaste with
burnt dusty notes. The aroma has some jarring combinations, but
it’s much more harmonic in the mouth. (0.33l bottle, from wine
monopoly, Strømmen.) 6,4,7,3,13=3.3
blankboy (7118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle (500ml)] Pours a very dark amber-brown with a large mostly-lasting rocky tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma has a surprising, in a good way, amount of hops along with malt and some coffee -- mostly just hops though. (Surprising because I didn’t realize this was a Black IPA) Flavour is also really hoppy along with some roasted malt, coffee and a long moderate hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Really good, I need to get more.
nimbleprop (7096) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4oz pour at Max’s Hop Fest 2013. Pours a translucent, mahogany with some light lacing head. Nose is nice, piney, floral, cracker, bread crust. Flavor is malty, brown sugar, cracker, pine, lemon, soap. Astringent finish. Good example of the style.
jmgreenuk (7088) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hell Hunt, Tallinn. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head and a little lace. The aroma is big grassy hop. The flavour is strong bitter with a huge grass nettle light spice pepper hop citrus palate and a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. They teally threw the hops at this one and sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t. This does however work for me. I’d normally mark a beer down for being a little one dimesional, but this time I will make an exception.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Euston Tap, London, black pour. Light chocolate aroma with light herbalness. Great flavor, roast with well balanced bitterness. Very impressive black IPA
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some zesty citrus indeed. Finishes with a dose of it, mixed with bitter tinge from hops. Plenty of roast floating around as well.Pours black with good head and lacing. Thick texture. Light hint of sourness in finish as well. Bottle.
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via un ami. Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de pin. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe de chocolat et de pin. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de chocolat amèr en arrière goût. (Rating #5864)
jackl (6782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Jet black with a medium off-white head. The nose is roasted malts, plenty of pine and floral hops, some bitter chocolate. The taste is light acidic coffee, more floral, spruce hops, some wood. Bitter chocolate finish. Medium/full body. Well-hidden alcohol. Overall, I don’t particularly like black IPAs, but this is very nice, well balanced.