anders37 (15299) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty smoky aroma with hints of caramel. Roasted malty smoky hoppy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty smoky hoppy finish.
KnutAlbert (5705) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Tar and old ropes, you almost hear the creaking of old timer. Strong smoky flavour over a fine malty beer base, nice bitterness, too.
Rasmus40 (9588) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark reddish brown with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, moderate hoppy - grapefruit - and rather smoked - peat. Flavor is quite sweet and very bitter. Dry and very bitter finish. 090212
chrisv10 (9688) - DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark amber with big beige head. Aroma is malt, little roasted malts, peat, little citrus and hops. Flavour is malt, peat, medium sweet, little roasted malts, chocolate, hops, little acid, little ash and bitter.
saxo (13331) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are ashtray smoke, bacon, hops and roast malt. Smoke is quite dominant. Not very balanced.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown body with a lightly brown head. Smoked (!) aroma with some hops coming through but malts are stronger. Maybe too much smoked, both in aroma and flavour. Very well bodied. All in the end great.
Martinus (2612) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown-black colour, tan head. Smoky aroma, malts, light hops on a background of burned malts. Sweet smoky flavour, smoky whisky, quite bitter hops and bitter roasted malt tones. Finish smoky and bitter.
The first black IPA I’ve tasted that really makes sence to me.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBWG 2012, Antwerpen. Thanks for sharing, sebletitje!)
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle @ RBBWG 2012 thanks to Sebletitje. Dark brown to black coloured beer with a medium brown head. Really nice smokey roasted and malty hinted aroma. FUll light creamy palate. Finish is again strong smokey and roasted malty with a light alcoholic finish. Very good!
skortila (4302) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, 75cl. The aroma has smoked peaty meat, citric hops, roasted coffee. Black coloured with a nice, firm, creamy beige brown head. The taste is moderate bitter, smoked and peated, citric and roasted. Ashy, dry mouthfeel, lingering hops and malts on the taste buds. Really a nice piece of art. My bottle says it has 11% alcohol.
77ships (3252) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2013 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBWG 2012 – thx to sebletitje – pours pitch black with an creamy brown head – smells deliciously burned & harshly toasted but none of that ashes crap in here, toasted fruity hops, lots of smoked wood & yummy bacon – tasted is burned goodness, smouldering campfire in the morning, burned wood, toasted malts, fruity hops shining through & bacon mixing in with even more leather, yummy tar, nice & creamy – glorious slightly odd mess, just the way I love it, one of my favourites if not probably my favourite of the incredible RBWG line-up, screw balance, viva oddness – bottled on 20/07/2011