The_Osprey (5781) - Richmond, Greater London, - MAR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014
March 2013 - Cold 500ml bottle. Big thick foamy head lasts a few minutes. Smells piney, fair bit of cat urine. Taste is really interesting. Initially like a floral IPA, then comes in the barley and coffee, finish is more barley and bitterness, aftertaste is dark chocolate. Flavours are strong but balanced. This is great. Not miles away from top marks. (4.1)
Nov 2014 - 330ml bottle, new branding. 2 months old. Black, big foamy tan head, full lacing. Aroma is hoppy with apple, pine, some ash, fruit salad sweets. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low-ish carbonation. Taste is ash, pine, woody bitterness, soft medicinal, salty finish. Nice, but not quite up to where it was last time round. (3.8)
ShivanDragon (3156) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2016 Holiday, top-50 fun hunt. #-6. Pours very dark brown to black with a nice fine light brown head. Aroma of laurel, hop, licorice, roasted malts. Taste quity some laurel, pine, hops, above average bitterness, dry, hoppy, resinous, nice however not great,
markextrae (3542) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample from bottle, poured a deep brown colour with a tanned head. nose of ripe fruits, citrus, bitter hops, caramel sweetness, light coffee, slight dry cacao, liqorice, sweet raisins. quite bitter finish, long lasting bitter aftertaste. quite balanced
korilas (17) - SOUTH KOREA - JUN 29, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black like a rotten banana riding a bicycle. nice citrusy hops go well together with the full bodied malt. Fabulous.
jaghana (5378) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUN 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33cl, a dark beer with medium copper head. Nose is on dark malt, hop resin, mint and licorice. Aroma is on resin, pine, caramel, licorice, zest, high bitterness, mint touch, light chocolate, more hopy than malty.
azzie (768) - Pula, CROATIA - MAY 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.33l from Saveur Biere beer webshop. Hazy dark brown color, average beige head. Smell of pine, herbs, fruits, alcohol. Full body, medium to heavy carbonation. Too carbonated. Too strong bitterness in taste, overpowering everything else. Pine in taste with caramel and fruits. I love black ipa but this one isn’t something I enjoy.
veceo (1190) - CROATIA - MAY 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 Very dark brown color, average sized tan head. Aroma of fresh hops, citrus, herbs, roasted malt, caramel. Taste of hops, roasted malt, citrus, oranges, herbs, pine. Surprising level of bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation. Good.
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Calisky (2415) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur noire, forte mousse beige. Nez fort houblonné pin et note cremeuse café. Gout houblonné, fruits exotiques, litchis avec palais malt, café et forte amertume grillée et pin. Fin de bouche forte amere zeste agrumes .
humpah (96) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Roasted malts and fruity hoppiness in the aroma. Taste is moderately bitter, medium body, some carbonation. Very solid but pretty straightforward black IPA.
andrepintado (2627) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAY 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from saveur-biere.com. Dark color. Thin beige persistent head. Taste is medium to high bitter. Finish is super long and medium dry. Very balanced body and taste. Aroma is grass, hops, roasted, fruity.
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.