Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during Cotteridge Convention 2015. Pours black-brown with a creamy tan head. The nose holds burnt toast, earth, light cocoa. Light to medium sweet flavor with notes of baking cocoa, scorched earth. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Bitter burnt earth finish with further baking cocoa and dry toast. Nice.
Theydon_Bois (16873) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at the Cotteridge Convention, big thanks to Steve BIK for another Irish CDA, 24/01/14.
Extremely dark mahogany brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is pine needle, dark berry fruits, spice, bitter fruit, earthy.
Taste comprises toffee, earthy hop notes, light pine, tangy berry fruits.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Drinkable CDA that ticks the style boxes but lower down the order.
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Cotteridge Convention thanks to Steve. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is sweet, juicy, pine, candied citrus peel, parma violets and Eccles cake. The taste is crisp, bitter-roast, toasty, treacle, Eccles cake, pine, varnish, charred wood, good hit of bitterness and light alcohol with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Punchy and pretty tasty. Solid black IPA.
mR_fr0g (9252) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015. Many thanks to BeersIveKnown for the BIPA tick. Dark black coloured pour with a creamy head. aroma is floral citrus, faint dark malts, roast and a little berry. Flavour is composed of resinous hop, dark malts, juicy fruits, smooth and mellow. Ticks all the boxes. Palate is sticky resinous, moderate carbonation.
Erzengel (7757) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 24, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BB 30 08 12, 330ml Dark black in the glass, intense floral in the nose. The beer starts intense, floral, a bit viscous. Nice hints of floralness and fresh hops over a body that is more a stout than anything else. Rich and creamy, thick till the end. Floral and slightly roasted ending, smooth bittered.
I won’t call it a Black IPA - it is more a nice dry-hopped Imperial Stout. --> 11/10/10/10
RichTheVillan (6669) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cotteridge wine convention; dark brown pour with a frothy beige head, pine and coffee aroma, taste has chocolate along with some sharp citrus action.
McTapps (6482) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out of the bottle ( many, many thanks to beersiveknown for this nice one!) in a deep black colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of roasted hops and pine. Taste of fresh hops, dark grains, spruce, pine, citrus, spices and herbs. Easy and nice to drink with highly quaffable moments. Nice one.
MichaelAwesome (6451) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyable black IPA with some earthy moments. Coffee, roasted malt and bit of acid in the back. Definitely full bodied with a nice and balanced aftertaste. To recommend.
The_Osprey (6348) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Cotteridge tasting rooms. Dark brown or black, decent foamy brown head. Aroma is cheesy, pine, skunky, weed. Body is medium, slightly foamy, medium carbonation. Taste is piney, dark malts, bubblegum, soft bitterness.
BlackHaddock (6344) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
24th Jan 2015: shared bottle at the Cotteridge Wine meet. How big was Steve’s bag? He must have brought half of Ireland’s beer selection with him on the flight! Cheers mate, for yet another bottle from the Emerald Isle. Surprise, surprise, this Black IPA is in fact Black, the head a tanned beige affair. Loads going on in the aroma and flavour stakes: Piney, citrusy and dark fruity with an exotic spicy feel as an afterthought in the finish. Nice.