exeter (335) - calgary, Alberta, - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I nice mix of the IPA and porter. I find at first it’s a porter and then at the end it has the floral hops. The bitterness is over 1/2 the flavour. Sadly I don’t understand the alchemy of the style.
kambei70 (636) - - NOV 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and slight char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel.
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jjgmd (1492) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With Z, pours a pitch black color with a small java head. Nose is chocolate, malt and licorice. Taste is chocolate malt with some nice sweet bitterness. Finishes on bitter sweet notes with the same tasty and flavorful aforementioned tasting notes. Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1443) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head and aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is roasty and chocolaty up front with hoppy bitterness into the dry finish.
Beerhunter111 (8083) - Hasborn, GERMANY - NOV 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fast schwarze Farbe, ordentliche beige Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr hopfig, reifes Obst, röstmalzig, Kaffee. Geschmack nach Kaffee, Schokolade, Vanillle, dann wird es leicht hopfig, bitter, im Nachtrunk dann wieder sehr schokoladig, Kaffee.
eduardovl (926) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml bottle served in a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown to black forming a big bubbled beige head. Good retention and tons of lacings left in the glass
S: Roasted malts and flowery hops. Black IPAs are quite weird because they do have this mix of black roasted beers with pale and hoppy beers
T: Roasted and hoppy. Good balance. Roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate. Biscuity. Quite bitter which is a mix of roasted malts and hops bitterness
M: Medium body and carbonation. Roasted and hoppy bitterness aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Great Black IPA. Another Dieu du Ciel! winner
[ BA Review @ 7/26/2013 ]
Andrus86 (51) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE. shared RW. Jet black with nice tan head. Dark choc/vanilla on the nose, with the dark choc up front and a smooth bite at the back end, more of a porter than IPA.
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Calisky (1026) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur noire, légère mousse beige. Nez malté grillé, café, notes caramel et houblon Gout malté grillé, café, notes douces caramel fruits noirs, bonne amertume houblonnée, corps legerement cremeux et bien rond en bouche. Longue amertume et note grillée en fin de bouche.
Steverus0 (193) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More like a porter with extra hops (which is not to say bad).
Pours a coal black with light, toffee colored head. Roasted chocolate and caramel on the nose with just a hint of floral hops.
Heavy on the palate with your typical roasted caramels and just a hint of chocolate and toffee. Hops come through lightly but remain on the palate just a bit longer than the roasted notes.
I’d give this a higher rating if it were just a porter, but as a black IPA it wants just a bit more balance with the roasted and hoppy notes.
Jmar33 (171) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. I like it when black IPA’s are more like hoppy porter’s, so this is right up my alley. Strong hops, strong roast, strong beer!
Pailhead (5036) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, cookie dough, lighter pine, and some faint burnt notes. It pours a dark brown with significant orange highlights. It has a two finger khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker soapy ring. There is some thin soapy rings left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with starts with moderate chocolate (milk chocolate and dark chocolate) with a touch of caramel, light roasted malt, and a hint of cookie dough. The finish has moderate pine, burnt notes, and light grapefruit. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft moutheel. Overall, it definitely falls into the hoppy Porter category for me. Also, the burnt flavors are a little too much for my taste.