77ships (3692) - 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
sebletitje (6646) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle @ RBBWG 2012, Antwerpen bought @ DeMolen biershop.
Brune foncée, col épais beige.
Arôme de malt fumé avec les caractéristiques de houblons fruités aux notes tropicales. Le profile fumé ressort bien sans pour cela être trop dérangeant.
En bouche, subtile mélange de malt grillé/crystal ou pale, caramel et fumé sur un côté houblonné fruité. Palais est réchauffant, on peut y noter ce profile de DeMolen dans la levure. Le mélange de l’IPA avec cette touche de malt fumé en font une bière surprenante.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled, 0.75l, rated 2011-11-16) Very dark reddish brown with a medium, brownish head. Smoked maltiness meets coniferous hops - which works rather well. Flavor is less pleasant, with whisky-like smoked malt competing with piney, quite bitter hops, which are not blending very well. Medium body, slightly stingy bitter with soft CO2. Alcohol is well hidden, but there’s no balance at least when fresh.
madmitch76 (14768) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
23rd September 2011
Borefts Beer Festival 3. Opaque black beer. Residual off white head. Light dry palate. Strong smoke but well integrated with minerally dark malt. Nice piney hops. A decent beer and the smoke heads will enjoy but for me this was just a little too much with the smoke to be great.
JorisPPattyn (7887) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Persistent, lacey huge, dense cream to tan head over black beer with red-brown reflections. Sharp phenolic nose, woodstripper, with some smoke, hints at fruity hops. Again quite agressive phenols, smoke, stoutmaltacidity and roast. Hints a mint(julep). Smokiness more retronasal, whilst roast/phenols more to the fore. After some time, peat and Islay whisky appear, again especially retronasal. Fleeting glimpses of nondescript fruit. Too sharp to be really top. Very slick, alcoholheat. I’ve had better in this field, including De Molen, if maybe not this exact crossover.
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Boreft Beer Festival 2011. Gravity served. Dark brown with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of lemon peel, smoke and hard roasted malt. Smoked and ashy roasted flavour clashing with fruity hops. Lacking in harmony.
Hermod (3145) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @Pikkulintu. Bottled 09/2011. Poured almost black with a lasting brown head. Smoke and tar in aroma. Nice smoky, lingering peaty whiskey notes. Slightly bitter finish, lots of smoke here as well. Really liked this one.
MotherBrother (692) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour opaque black, with a large foamy head.
Aroma has plenty of grass, pine, ceder, and a little bit of smoke and leather.
The beer has a nice balance to it.
Medium body, with a small amount of CO2, too little in my opinion.
I like the idea of a black ipa, and the smokeyness is a Nice touch.
TBone (12545) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 750ml (bottled 200911, Pikkulintu)
Dark brown color, steady cream brownish head. Very peaty smokey aroma. Medium-bodied. Very peaty, roasted, slightly chocolaty flavor. Bitterness is quite balanced, feels maybe more like an American stout than a black IPA. Extreme in its peatness but good.
mjs (4555) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at Pikkulintu, 20111203) The beer poured almost black. Its head was medium sized and light brown. Aroma had tar, peat, hops, liquorice and smoke. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were smoke, peat, hops, malts, liquorice and bitterness. Aftertaste had smoke, tar, hops and bitterness. Too peaty for an IPA but still a tasty beer.