Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful deep chocolate notes out of the bottle, and spicy-piney hops as well. Smell luscious. Thin mocha head that disappears quickly. Mouthfeel is velvety and covering. Flavors as just amazing...spicy wood, dark mocha, chocolate, sweet honey and whole hop flavors. A bit of heat near the end, but this is a beer I really enjoy.
bhensonb (10699) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours very dark brown with no head. Aroma is hoppy. Med body. Flavor is dark malt, herbal hop, some chocolate. Finishes dry and earthy. Quite tasty.
marcus (6320) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours dark brown with a tiny tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a very tasty dark chocolate flavor with a bitter finish.
oRos (1047) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ibrew2or3. Pours black with brownish head. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, earthy hops and dry finish.
jkwood04 (3749) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to Glouglouburp in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some sweetness from the honey, a little chocolate, light wood, and some floral and lightly citrusy hops. Flavor the same. Average to smooth texture. A pretty good beer.
DrSilverworm (5932) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to FlandersNed. Cap is marked "1-11". Black color. Good thin brown head. Short ropes and dots of lace, a nice good spread. Nice honey to the aroma, good dark roast, light burnt malts. Good light smoke. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, big sweet, light bite in the finish. Nice spice and wood notes. Earthy hop bitterness. Bigger body, kind of chewy. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly drying finish. As it is now, decent big black IPA. Malty sweetness in the finish is a bit much, but I very much like the honey and wood notes.
Leighton (10483) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Theydon Bois Roma Pre-Nuptuals Tasting at Ma Che. Pours dark brown-black with a fine, frothy cream head. Some spicy pine in the nose, burnt toast, earth, faint grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor with mellow dry and burnt wood, dark chocolate, baking cocoa, some piney bitterness, alcohol, grass. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Moderate warmth to finish with burnt grass, baking cocoa, straight dirt, pine, lime and grapefruit. Some spicy cedar, too. Hefty, nice.
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Theydon Bois Roma Pre-Nuptuals Tasting at Ma Che, 22/06/13. Thanks to Leighton for hunting down another Black IPA rate in Roma!
Dark black with a thin off white head that dissipates to a film.
Nose is dark roast, bitter chocolate, earthy hops, touch of booze.
Taste comprises a good roast dose, bitter hops, dark toffee, fruit notes, booze, sugars.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, dark fruit and hop bitterness in a roasted finish.
A fairly big beer - a DCDA ! Lots going on and pulls together well!
Anvil99 (12) - - MAY 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black in colour, almost black foam. A bit hoppy but a lot of licorice and a nice sweetness makes this ber quite well balanced though the high alcohol level
MF666 (246) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black as hell, brun skum, dufter af honning, smager sødligt, kaffe, ristet malt, let bitter eftersmag med kaffe
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with no head and very little noticeable carbonation. Nose is molasses, toffee and vanilla. Flavor is dark fruit and toffee. There is almost no indication of the high ABV. A really nice beer. I’d forgotten about this one in my cellar and am unsure whether it has changed over time by virtue of the hops fading. Even if it has, it is still a solid beer.