ElManana (207) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quasi black colour with average, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Herbal, minimally piney and citrusy hoppy aroma, dark malty background. Taste is herbal and minimally citrusy hoppy, dark malty background with cautious hints of coffee. Overall not that hoppy as I expected considering the hop bill - still nice, though.
armando629 (2407) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, Csakajósör, Budapest.
Poured black with a medium creamy beige head. Fruity aroma with some chocolate, raisins, figs and some ash. Surprisingly easy body according to the abv, ash and some earth, fruits with coffee, easy hoppy herbal finish.
andrearaujoo (23) - Vitoria, BRAZIL - MAY 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Uma excelente cerveja. Espuma densa e cremosa. Coloração escura e amargor no ponto. Teor alcoólico perfeito para uma IPA.
Niall73 (1686) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 19/12/13.Pours a dark brown with a hint of red at the edges and a tan head. Aroma has light trop fruit, a little smoke, wood, light treacle. Nice aroma. Medium body, medium carbonation. Lightly sticky with some treacle, light coffee and dark choc, lemon, grapefruit, resin, bark... Solid, slightly quinine, bitter finish. Really nice balance. Good.
Marduk (2658) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 Tap. Very dark brown color. Massive, thick brown head, stays. Hops, medium roast, bit dirty and cellarish in aroma. Green gooseberry, medium roast, grainy, grassy, hoppy taste. Fresh roast in aftertaste. Nice one.
Re-Rate: 330ml bottle(6/4/7/4/13=3.4). Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Malty, blueberries, faint roast in aroma. Weak aroma. Roast, grainy, sweet taste. Dry but smooth and silky mouthfeel. Short roast in aftertaste.
BlazerT (58) - POLAND - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Teku glass. Pitch black, with big, medium-lasting, light brown head, very good lacing. Suprisingly in the beggining you can smell some tropical fruits - lychee,mango. Medium roasted malts aroma - caramel, chocolate, medium aroma of fresh mostly herbal and piney hops with some hints of citrus. Booziness is quite noticable from the beggining. Quite complex. At first you can taste some sourness from dark malts and tropical fruit sweetenss. Than bitterness from hops and roasted malts. From the middle piney and herbal hops character is dominant. In the background you can find some malty, even sweet character. Finish is semi dry with hints of sweetness. Low booze is noticable. Dry beer, medium carbonation, medium to full body, oily texture, no alcohol warmth. In overall very complex Black IPA. Good combination of hops and malts. You can smell and taste everything what is on the label. Rye malts gives it very good lacing and oily texture. Nelson sauvin males it refreshing and dry. Good balance between roasted malts and fruity, piney hops makes it quite drinkable. This beers is variation of De molen IPAs - almost juicy fruitiness (which is very characteristic for De molen) combined with roasted malts.
Osprey87 (1611) - WALES - MAY 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled Dec 2013. Black, foamy brown head. Aroma - pine, mint, lime. Body - medium, light spritzy, slightly foamy. Taste - Caramel and coffee offset against potent pine, menthol and spearmint. Slightly astringent, quite sweet, not bitter. The individual flavours are OK, but overall I feel like this doesn’t come together very well.
jamestulloch (1349) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Dark brown body with a large beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of blackcurrant, lime and green hops. Flavour is light and zesty. Medium body with oily texture. Soft fizz. I agree with madmitch76 - this is more like a Black Saison than a Black IPA - it’s just lacking the malty, chocolate qualities of a Black IPA. The missus concurred - ’It looks like a dark beer but tastes like a light beer’.
Dudu (1) - BRAZIL - APR 30, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
e Lupulada, baixa translucidez, de carbonatacao média e uma boa formação de espuma. Bela Black IPA.
yngwie (13399) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A dark brown beer topped by a small, dense, beige head. There’s quite a lot of orange and orange peel in the aroma, with roasted malts, caramel and some faint spiced, licorice nots. There’s a pleasant bitterness in the flavor, with orange peel, roasted malts, licorice and some caramel. Full to medium body, pleasant carbonation, and with a lasting roasted finish. Pretty pleasant this one, tasteful, and a bit strange. 140426