Kauge (941) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a Systembolaget in Stockholm. BB... I think it was around 7.2015. The beer pours a dark brown colour, head’s light tan, big, retention and lacing good. Nose is nice pungent hops and chocolate and roast and citrus... Taste is sweet of tropical fruits, roast and notes of chocolate, finishing in a citrusy bitterness. Nice mild chocolaty overall thing going on mixed with even nicer fruitiness. Body lighter side of medium, carbonation livelier than your average BIPA, but still rather thin, palate oily and somewhat grainy. Somewhat dry in the finish. Overall? Nice!
Gbgbrouge (364) - SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle, deep dark brown, almost black with low fizzy beige head. Strong aroma with notes of caramel, leather, toffee, dried fruit, some citrus and pine, though a sharp butter note drowns almost all other notes, perhaps old. Taste is bitter and sweet, followed by a surprisingly light malt body leading to a long bitter finish. Some chocolate and coffee is there but very slight, mostly hoppiness with a citrus/grape/resin taste.
Scottishchris (505) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the hive. Deep dark red, tan head that disappeared. Vegetal and sweet hops. Slippy oily mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Bitter chocolate and faint caramel. Decent.
danlo (1846) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Alesela. Dark brown black colour, beige foam head with alittle lacing and aroma of roast malt, orange citrus hoppy. Taste is smokey roasted malt, toffee, chocolate notes with floral fruity citrus grapefruit. bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Very drinkable.
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from the beerhive. Pours opaque dark brown, thin beige head. Aromas of resinous hops, light toffee. Taste is bitter in both a roasted way, and an oily way. Good hop bitterness. Slight feel of two different things going on, not melding that well. Clashing a bit, but not a bad beer overall.
jamestulloch (2462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The Beerhive. Dark brown body with a modest beige head. Light lacing. Aroma of maple, plum, candy and treacle. Flavour of blackcurrant, brambles, muscavado sugar, liquorice and dark chocolate. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Soft fizz. A truly special Black IPA - dark and fruity with something new revealed on every sip. I want to try more from this brewery.
Hopmaestro (848) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of faint roasted malts _and_ fresh fruity hops. First impact of the taste is roasted malts, dry coffee and a slight hint of licorice. After a few seconds the hops break through and leave you with a fresh cirusy finish. Pretty dry and awesome.
CloakedDagger (1333) - - NOV 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours black with a warm, reddish hue and a light brown head. Very lively carbonation initially. Lovely hoppy aroma atop a subtle roastiness. Medium body, very soft - almost velvety - on the palate. Quite some roastiness neatly supplemented by perfumy hops. The finish combines bitterness from both hops and burned malts. Good one. 251114
grubypawel (295) - - NOV 23, 2014
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A smell of tropical fruit can be sensed from the bottle, but diacethyl is obvious when poured to glass. The taste is okay with hints of American hops with light bitter finish. Nothing fancy.
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from Les Vignerons. Dark brown with some copper tinges, impossibile to see through, with a nice, creamy and persistent light beige head. Good lacing retention. Nice blended nose of hoppy and roasted notes, pine needles, strawberry jam, tropical fruits on one side and sweet milk chocolate, toasted malts, a hint of soy sauce and vanilla on the other one. Very smooth mouthfeel, no alchool presence at all despite the medium-high ABV. Perfect level of bitterness, not too subtle and not too extreme. Juicy in the beginning, more dry toward the end. Blackberries, tropical fruits and bitter blood orange in the taste, with some coffee and chocolate presence in the aftertaste. Overall, very balanced and harmonious. Average carbonation, medium body, slightly oily texture. Very nice!