Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first beer from this Massachusetts beer company, a BIPA from a 65 cl bottle, allegedly "first made as a joke" (hence the name, I assume). Creamy and fairly dense, tan, lacing head over a very dark burgundy coloured beer, nearly black but still fairly transparent just beneath the head (and only there), hazy. Lovely dank aroma of pine needles, lime peel, tangelo, cocoa and even chocolate sauce here and there, coffee grounds, whisky, raisins, dried banana, a fine but sharpish beef broth odour, fresh nettles, hints of vanilla, rye bread, cigar ashes, hemp, salmiac, plum brandy, candied figs, wormwood... This is a very enticing bouquet, sweet and bitter aromas seem to alternate and the more I smell it, the more lovely impressions I seem to get. Very bitter taste, but in a complex, layered way; restrained ’dark’ fruitiness in the onset, only very briefly sweet (less so than expected based on the aroma), smooth, oily and resinous mouthfeel, slick body, soft carbonation, very lightly (perhaps just a bit too lightly) caramelly and chocolatey malts, but coffee-like roasted bitterness setting in very early and increasing in the end, where it gets the company of a very powerful, peppery, spicy hop bitterness, very dry and resinous, sticking to the mouth cavity, with both elegantly aromatic, citrussy aspects as a bold and ’deep’, earthy bitterness; a salty salmiac accent also runs through the palate, drying the mouth even further, but fortunately being ’tamed’ by the powerful bitterness and therefore not becoming too obnoxious. Alcohol remains well hidden, though a slight warming effect is certainly there. Perhaps not the single most amazing black IPA I had so far, but I like this for its sheer boldness and it certainly scores above average; the coffee and bitter chocolate flavours of the roasted barley mingle beautifully with the complex, spicy hop bitterness, both are still separable, but seem to make each other more attractive. Lovely, but somewhat ’demanding’ example of the style.
minutemat (2783) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle @ Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours black with good tan head. CDA aroma, hoppy with roasted malts. Taste is a touch sticky with citrus hops and roasted malts.
Gerbeer (2457) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark mahogany with moderate retentive head. Aromas of pine, dark caramel, and sweet roasted malts. Flavors follow same with addition resin and dark fruit. I am a sucker for a good black IPA. This one is really good.
teddybeer (2849) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with an off-white head with good duration. Aroma has hoppy notes with roasted malts notes. Flavor is roasty, moderate bittery, some coffee and licorice hints. Bittery final with good duration.
drjay44 (3038) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz, bottle. Pours a thick, slowly collapsing, light beige head, with heavy lacing , over a clear, blackish brown (SRM 30) body.......nose is cocoa, chocolate, hints of coffee, from the roasted malts, pine resin, grapefruit from the hops, nicely balanced.....taste is cocoa, chocolate, light coffee, from the roasted malts, light nuttiness, pine, resin, grapefruit from the hops, finishing with a pleasant lingering moderate hops bitterness, balance slightly to the hops. Mouth feel, medium body, slight alcohol warmth, carbonation adds creaminess.This is a quite typical rendition of the style. All that it lacks a a bit of caramel/toffee notes in the flavor. This could be easily corrected by a slight addition of caramel/crystal malt. BJCP 8/2/14/4/7
weark (463) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - APR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille achetée chez Erzbierschof - De couleur noir avec une mousse beige abondante, on dirait une mousse de café - Au nez des arômes de café qui se mélange à des arômes de grapfruits, malt rôti, houblon résineus, une pointe de sauce soja, un nez très agréable - En bouche en premier du malt rôti, café, puis des note résineuse et fruitée du houblon(grapefruit) - Corp moyen, grosse amertume, bonne carbonation, longue final sur le café et grapefruit - j’apprécie beaucoup les black IPA et celle ci est vraiment très équilibrée, bonne amertume, bonne présence des houblon mais pas exagérée, excellent
Patrik (418) - - APR 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaska. Mycket fina IPA dofter . Jordkällare lite kaffe å liite choklad . Smakar milt lättsamt torrt. Ja tydliga kaffetoner. Lågt = bra kolsyrad . Bra IPA men lite mesig i förhållande till alkoholhalten tyvär.,
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Dark brown, nearly black body with a creamy, light-tan head. Big milk chocolate aroma with undertones of toasted nuts, pine, ash, & orange peel. Little more bitter grapefruit on the palate with a strong ashy pungency. Roast, ashed malt, bitter chocolate, citrus rind, pine needles, & a strong botanical note in the finish that leads to a bit of astringency. Overall, not a bad black IPA, but the semi-harsh finish takes away from the smoothness.
AndyReynolds (1078) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Yardhouse. Aroma is citrus chocolate (is there such a thing?). I get a little of that medicinal aroma and some roasted malts fo sho. Flavor is odd, but good. Plus the palate is outstanding.
fiulijn (16659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at Matt’s; vintage 2014
Black color, medium sized compact head. Very nice aroma, dark malts, buckwheat. The mouthfeel is strong, dry, but also smooth; strong flavor of roasted malt, a bit too ashy for me, but followed by the expected high resin hopping. Matt says chalky and I agree.