ej (782) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a large, fluffy tanned head. Citrusy aroma with lemon juice and peel, some faint pine and roasted malts. Taste is very well balanced but with a decent, floral bitterness. Moderate roasty notes and maltiness blends well for a dry finish, and a lasting mellow bitterness. Feels creamy on the palate, medium-light bodied with close to high levels of co2. Very nice!
Burgers (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost pitch black with foamy beige head. Aromas of roasted coffee and citrus. Fairly oily mouthfeel. Long finish. Good, but not quite Buxton’s best.
fkoolen (358) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black colour, slim beige head. Coffee dominates the nose, a nuanced hoppy undertone too. Taste is quite hoppy and roasted: coffee, chocolate, citrus and red fruits and caramel. Nicely bitter. Body’s a bit watery, creamy and soft mouthfeel and low carbonation.
Foffern (1291) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. The colour is pitch black and has a small, creamy, beige head. Hoppy aroma along with grapefruit, grass and pine. The flavour contains more roasted tones and coffee but there’s still a hoppy touch in the end with grass and grapefruit. Slick mouth feel, and the bitterness is at a medium level. A hoppy and well balanced BIPA.
Vinx (66) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pleasant aroma of sweet mature fruit and caramel with toasted hints. Surely they used english hops (Northdown?) which are very strong and aromatic but not much citrusy (despite the manufacturer’s description). Intense black color with a beige foam that doesn’t last long. Maybe bitterer than what its aroma imply. Its toasted notes take over the hoppy character making it seem more "stouty" than I wanted. Overall a good BIPA but I tasted better ones.
arsol (608) - NORWAY - JUL 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Svart farge med beige skum. Lukter humle og kaffe. Fyldig og smak av kaffe og noe fruktig. Bitter ettersmak som sitter i. Kjenner noe alkoholvarme.
Vighals (1389) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Svart med rødskjær med lavt beige skum. Humle, kaffe og fruktig lukt. Smake fruktig og sjokolade. Mitterheten kommer sent men godt.
ClubGonzo (4226) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a near-black deep brown body with a small off-white head. Nose is pine, spruce, freshlty cut grass, hints of chocolate, peaches and cold coffee. Taste is pine, coffee, resin, grass, hints of peaches, herbs and licorice. Medium body and carbonation. A very well executed BIPA with a flavorful, hoppy profile while still having a bit to offer on the malty side.
vanelst (153) - AUSTRIA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Clash of roasted malts and citrus hops. Good clash. Taste is a balanced mixture of bitter and sweet. Pine, raisin, coffee. Very good one!
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014-07-04. Black body nice tan head and lace. 3+ Aroma is a melange of green hops dark malt and lightly roasty malt. Flavour is moderately bitter throughout, the hops and lightly roasty dark malts work well together and find a good balance. Relatively rich overall, the alcohol is restrained. Smooth average plus bodied palate, modest carbonation. Very nice stuff. Bottle from Alesela, Glasgow.