madmitch76 (22315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8th October 2015
42nd Floor Tasting. Opaque black - brown beer, good pale tan head. Palate is airy and semi dry, good fine carbonation. Fluffy dark malts, mellow roast. Light cream. Good piney hops, hop spice. Smooth finish brings a touch of dark chocolate. Smooth and nicely integrated.
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Dark color, near black, with compact tan head. I don’t appreciate the aggressively burnt character, very ashy, palate wrecker, graceless, but behind that there is a nice robust hopping. Just burnt malt in the final.
I wouldn’t enjoy drinking more than a few ounces.
Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London. Pours rich brown with a big, fluffy beige head. The nose holds cocoa, roast, burnt herbs, orange rind. Medium sweet flavor with strong roast, baking cocoa, scorched earth, bread, more citrus rind. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Nice, rich baking cocoa finish, lingering roast, earth, espresso, charred pine, gooey citrus, rind. Very good.
Rasmus40 (17802) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Saveur Biere. Black with a lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt and moderate hoppy - pine. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 210916
Theydon_Bois (17227) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split at the 42nd floor Tasting, thanks to Ken Neth, 08/10/15.
Extremely dark mahogany brown with a decent tan covering.
Nose is cocoa powder, earthy hop, charr, spice, toffee, roast malt, dark berry fruit.
Taste comprises liquorice, spice, coffee grinds, earthy red berry, light black pepper, roasty tones.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close peppered with earthy hop bitterness.
mcberko (14659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brouhaha, pours black with a large tan head. Aroma of dark roasted (almost burnt) malts and pleasantly harsh hops. Very flavourful, with bitter hops and harsh, burnt roasted malt. Exceedingly dry, with a very bitter (but tastefully) hoppy finish. Most excellent stuff - a textbook example of a harsh, dry, bitter black IPA.
Benzai (14267) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Opaque dark brown to black color, full sized light brown head that lasts for quite a long time. Aroma is malts, dark malts, roasted malts, smoke. Tastes the same: malts, dark and roasted malts and again some smoky influences, hop bitter, malt bitter. Overall it’s too malt-forward and bitter and that smoky hint also is not what I really want to taste in a black IPA. Decent beer, but not great as a Black IPA imo.
FatPhil (14056) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle - shared by the Quebec posse in Lithuania - thanks!
Rich roasty aroma, some ashiness. Taste full, but really not very hoppy for the style. Dry, again clashing with the style. This is just a very good stout. Certainly wouldn’t have complained if they’d have upped the C hops, the aroma could have done with a boost as the ashiness wasn’t so good.
Lubiere (12949) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
CASK: A deep dark clear brown ale with a very thin light mocha head. In aroma, nice floral hops, piney, light nutty malt, smooth acidic notes, very nice. In mouth, smooth coffee note, roasted malts with piney hops, lingering bitterness, served a tad too warm, with light acidity. On tap at Vices et Versa, Feb. 24, 2012.
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Kenny at the 42nd floor tasting. It pours opaque black with a thick tan head. The nose is toasty, charred wood, dark chocolate, rocky road, coffee grounds and earthy roast. The taste is bitter, charred, dark chocolate, burnt toast, peppery, grapefruit, very charred and coffee with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Lingering bitter charry finish. Rather solid stuff, especially the aroma.