Leighton (14746) - 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.
FatPhil (11511) - 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 (11379) - 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.
mcberko (10071) - 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.
Sammy (9826) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with lots of thick foamy head. Roasted aroma. Big roasted taste, with decent citrus finish. Competent for the style. Above average mouthfeel and drinkability.
DrSilverworm (8874) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to Mathieuc for sending this! Split with alexsdad06. Very dark brown, near black color. Thin off-white kind of bubbly head, Leaves good bits of lace.. Good super-earthy hop. Spiciness. Toasty malt, kind of roasty. More ashy than coffee, but not bothersome at all. Bigger bitter taste, light sweet, more dry. Super-long earthy toasty herbal finish. Touch of dark bitter chocolate in there. Medium body. Crisp, light carbonation, drier finish. Very solid black IPA. Satisfyingly hoppy, and assertive for the low ABV. Gets even better as it warms.
jercraigs (8794) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012-07-31. Black body with a nice big tan head. Dusty roast and leafy green hops, light funky cannabis like accents. 7+ Flavour is a mix of roast and green hops, very lightly bitter. Modest dark malt in the middle. Average plus palate. Decent but the hops could be more assertive for my liking. They do grow a bit in the aftertaste. On tap at Volo, Toronto
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread crumbs and roasted malts with burnt edges move swiftly into resinous hops and their endless bitterness for a lean-bodied, wealthy Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A healthy head of foam laces atop the blackness.
-The hop profile is perfectly leveled; bright enough to show and leaving enough space for the rich malts to shine as well.
-The soft carbonation and slender body make this approachable even though the bitterness is bracing (for a thirst quencher).
-This is probably the best Black IPA a Québécois brewer has bottled so far.
-The hop character is really harmonious with the grain bill.
DuffMan (8198) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown with golden highlights, rapidly fading light brown head. Aroma is lovely young pine, sweet and sappy, with background roast.the palate is certainly hop forward, mostly piney, some white grapefruit, with tasty dark roast in support, notes of coffee especially nice. Finish is long and bitter.
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[4632-20120731] 341mL bottle. Light citrus fruit roast aroma has a bit of a candy note. Black body with a long long-lasting creamy yellow mocha head. Bitter roast malt flavour has a nice long bitter aftertaste. Full body. Delicious, in a different way than the previous beer. (7/3+/8/4/16) 3.8+
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)