Theydon_Bois (8392) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Foodland Laihana, in the hotel room Ka’anapali beach 24/04/14.
Black with a well appointed tan covering that retain well.
Nose carries a good level of roast malt, pine, bitter tropicals, earthy cocoa, toffee fudge, light spice, hint of booze.
Taste comprises bitter roast, liqourice, dark berry fruits, bitter tropicana, pine resin, mineral tang, malt hit, booze evident.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, hop bitteress in the close and a boozey lick.
Solid enough CDA, ticks the boxes although became a little hot and boozey in places, not a quick drinking CDA!
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with big head. Aroma is hops and malt. Taste is malt, syrupy, hops at end. Nice beer
StevieT (582) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. Pours almost back with a thin tan head, so many big flavours in there; hops galore, coffee, chocolate and roasted bitter flavours. Smooth mouth feel with a hint of alcohol. Great beer if you love big strong flavours and high alcohol. Luckily I do.
keanex (1435) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a tall and dense khaki head that very slowly dissipates.
Aroma: The aroma reminds me of an aged American barleywine. The whole musky-ish orange/grapefruit that’s in a musky basement aroma. There’s a backing of chocolate with a hint of pine and perhaps smoke which I’m enjoying. I just don’t like the hop choice.
Taste: The hoppiness is rather big and semi-aggressive, but so is the malt base. I get a big grapefruit bite with mild pine backed by big chocolate malts, a hint of roasted malts, and light smoke and licorice on the finish. Great black IPA.
Palate: Full-bodied, slightly syrupy, with mild carbonation.
Overall: This is a top notch black IPA, on par with Wookey Jack. I think I prefer Wookey Jack, but this is damn good. I with the hop profile leaned more towards the piney flavors and I wish that there wasn’t hints of licorice, but even so this is great.
TaktikMTL (5705) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de pamplemousse avec une pointe de céréale grillée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse et de céréale grillée avec une pointe de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #5488)
Valgreen (649) - DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Maxi. Very dark brown, small off white head, some lacing. Aroma, hoppy, roasted malts, liquorice, chocolate, coffee, sweet brown sugar, alcohol. Taste, roasted malts, hoppy bitter, dark chocolate, liquorice, coffee. Dry mouth feel. Very bitter aftertaste, with roasted notes and hops
ICEatALAMO (928) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour is a very dark brown, not quite black. The aroma has slight toffee, dark fruits, and hops all mixed well together. The taste is is a strong hit of hops in your face. Earthy and pine tones to it.
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Ferris (3922) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Big hop aroma, pine and grapefruit with a roast malt backbone. Jet black with a very rich brown head. Lots of hops and bitter chocolate and roast malts. Finish has a bitterness and a bit of booze. All the big flavors work, although clashing, create a very big beer. It’s hard to like such a crazy big beer, but it is enjoyable in small doses.
Patjeadam (58) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a heavy double black ipa. It smells delicious, equally sweet and bitter. A bit boozy. It has roasted coffee, malts, fruits and fresh hop goodness. Wow. Amazing black ipa. It is a wonderful beer.
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badpuppy69 (217) - orange, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown/black decent head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee black licorice. Taste follows the Aroma with some dark fruit and lingering roasted malt notes.