BlackHaddock (3159) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two small tasting cups at Cotteridge Wine during the 6th July RB Black Country Bus Trip (sorry if I stole someones cup, but I needed two to rate/review it correctly).
Really black body: the pour into many small tasters didn’t help the head a great deal.
The aroma was deep roasted malts giving off dark chocolate and ground coffee notes.
The taste followed the nose: hops traces however try to balance out the heavy malt presence and almost make it through, but just fail.
Most enjoyable: didn’t dare take a third cup!
ICEatALAMO (846) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The pour is black with a lot of over carbonation, thinking infection. The taste is heavy malt and actually tastes under carbonated weirdly. A decent black ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DanielBrown (3592) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Cotteridge Wines, during RB Black Country Crawl. Bish and Dom totally cocked up the pouring of this - their words, not mine. Decent beer I thought. Quite sweet. Didn’t know what it was supposed to be though. Great hat.
Theydon_Bois (6334) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Cotteridge Wines, kindly donated by the establishment, lovingly poured by Dom and Bish as we neared the end of the RBBCBB - 06/07/13.
Mid black with a medium sized tan head.
Nose is roasted malts, light hops, cocoa dusting.
Taste comprises hops, mineral bite, light pine and bitter tropicals, roasted malts.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry finish.
OK CDA but no great.
jmgreenuk (3209) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Poured a dark mahogany with a frothy tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee. The flavour is medium bitter, with liqourice and dark chocolate. The palate is a little watery. A decent beer but an average example of the class.
tommann (2424) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 660ml bottle. Pours black with a small head. Aroma is roasty piney hops. Taste has piney hops to start with a roasty liquorice finish.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Imagine a man who mashes Minaj in the minge in the manner of a ninja mammoth.
RichTheVillan (1892) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Cotteridge Wines; black pour tiny white, the faintest of piney hop aroma, tastes like a hoppy porter sweet with roast malts and coffee and a small hint of tropical fruit.
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared with lots of people at Cott. Thin, no hops to speak of, but enough lubrication to get the evening started. Bish and I totally messed up the pouring, doesn’t bode well for BBB.
superspak (2108) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 9/11 on the label(2011?). Super highly carbonated upon opening. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger foamy and fluffy tan head that lasts forever, eventually reduces to a large cap. Foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, floral, pine, light citrus, and roasted earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance of roasted malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, light smoke, floral, grass, orange zest, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted and floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, char, floral, orange zest, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of roasted flavors with a good amount of hop presence; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slick, crisp, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good once the carbonation dies down. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good black IPA despite being old. Good balance of roasted malt and hop flavors; and smooth to drink after the excessive carbonation died down. A nicely enjoyable offering.