abemorsten (2831) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,75 l bottle at RBHD-gathering, Tau, Oct-2014. Clear deep brown body with a huge light brown. Port, pollen, dried fruits on the nose. Dried fruits, raisins, roasted and vinuous notes. Full bodied and smooth. Nuts emerge in the finish.
Holmen2 (1016) - NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share with RB/HD at Tau 18.10.14. Dark brown. Huge and foamy pale brown head. Grapefruit, lime and cigar box in aroma. More malt in taste, with fortified wine and dark berries. Fairly well in harmony for a black IPA.
Sigmund (5178) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 750 ml corked and caged bottle at local tasting, thanks to abemorsten. Black colour, large beige head. Aroma of piney hops and mild roasty notes, also some nice vinous notes. Smooth flavour, the hops have probably been somewhat subdued with time, but they are still there. Moderate roasty notes. Quite pleasant to drink. Best beer of the tasting.
fugitive (1345) - Athens, GREECE - APR 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Color hazy dark brown with small head. Aroma hop, chocalte, malt. Taste sweet, roasted, caramel, floral.
Finn (4263) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 0,75l. Påspandert og delt med flere under seanse på Tårnrommet 23 Apr 13. Litt puff ved åpningen. Ekstremt dyp amber med et litt farget skum som varer. Litt lacing. Aroma av mørk frukt. Smaken har antydning til røstet malt men overtas av mørk frukt. Preg av tre. Eik?. Blir veldig tørr etter hvert.
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 33cl. It looks quite clear, but then it’s next to black in color so it’s hard to tell. A small, light beige head sits on top. There’s a distinct orange touch in the aroma, with coffee and some roasted malts. It has a nice bitterness in the mouth, with flavors of orange peel, coffee and roasted malts. Dry, full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated, finishing roasted and bitter. For some reason I left this bottle in my cellar for quite some time, but it seems to keep well, as it still tasted nice and Black IPA-ish. 130308
gEUS (1166) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle at home - pours deep brown with a light beige head, fine bubbles. Spicy hot aroma, pine hops. Medium body with lots of piny hops and roasty notes as from the middle. Medium dry finish. Taste is roasted malts and grass. Special beer!
Brandman (2097) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown to black, light brown head. Aroma has liqourice, roasted malts, sweet dark candy. Ash. No hops present, maybe bit too old.
rosenbergh (6990) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Bottled June 6th 2011. (De Molen) Bodegraven, the Netherlands.
Looks: Black. Mild tan head.
Aroma: Hops. Berries. Malt. Dryness.
Flavour: Bitter hops. Malt. Liquorice.
Not very good Black IPA. Not fundamentally wrong just missing something.
Cheers Jan! You would’ve deserved a better one...
Osprey87 (1798) - WALES - AUG 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cold bottle. Over 2 years old. Pours opaque brown with a typically large head. Smell - a bit of nail varnish, spice, sweet soy, maybe some liquorice and coffee. Taste - caramel and toffee, orange with an ashy finish. Mid body, slightly foamy. Enduring spicy finish. Good lacing. Reminds me of some of the German Dopplebocks I’ve had recently. Decent beer.