Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours black, dry roasted chocolate, bitter, light juicy pine.
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice little beer, flavoursome choco notes, crispy cocoa aroma. Very light tone of hops on the tongue with a milky finish. Complex yet sessionable, quite nice but could be a lot better with more focus on those NZ IPA notes.
Oakes (12552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Cloisters. Med brown, thin head. The choc and roast malts are assertive, drowning out the kiwi hops (pacific jade and Wakatu?). You get the same effect on the palate, a nice beer but aside from a little woodiness ( not a nz signature) it doesn’t show much hop. A nice burnt porter though.
MichaelAwesome (4070) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad one but quite nothing Special. Starting off with a bit of hops which is followed by some chocolate and coffee. A bit earthy with a bit of unbalanced bitterness.
McTapps (4073) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BenH - many thanks to you! The beer pours out in a deep black colour with steady low head and medium body. Aroma of hops and dark grains - nice! Taste of fresh hops, woods, bread, berries, leaves and chocolate. Hints of mild coffee. Finishes off quite earthy but also in a very honest and pure way. Loved the smooth but characterloaded body and deepness. Great beer.
Hirsty (26) - Perth, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2013
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Black with little head but some lacing. Punchy Kiwi hops are obvious and lovely. Very bitter but not unpleasant. Light on the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. I would not class this as a Black IPA as it is full of roasted flavours (probably from roasted barley, chocolate and/or black malt). As a stout or porter it is too carbonated.
allmyvinyl (3347) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines, Comely Bank branch. Pours deep dark brown with a good off-white head. Big roasted aromas, lots of chocolate mixed in with the hops, a bit too much for me, more like a hoppy porter or stout. Taste continues this theme, toasty and citrus. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very enjoyable.
Rune (8047) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Nina’s Mini Market. Pours a bubbly, light brown head with fine duration and good lacework to the glass. Dark as pitch. Dark malty nose with smell of cocoa breaking through. Roasted, almost burnt, malty taste, dark chocolate, pine needles, ash and some dark spices. Fresh malt bitter ending. Medium bodied. Pretty nice (hotel room, Edinburgh 08.08.2013).
JohnRMurdoch (3283) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 500ml bottle courtesy of mr_h & Cornelius. Almost black colour, big foamy head. Treacle pine hop aroma. Spicy coffee hop flavour. Bitter aftertaste. A solid black IPA.
TheCametron (1780) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Benh. Cheers pal. Pours Deep Black Brown with a thick Tan head. My opinion of this one is similar to the other raters. It’s a hell of a beer in Porter terms. Fruity and thickly roasted. The hoppiness is somewhat apparent on the finish but almost indistinguishable during the drinking of it. That said, it is unusual in a stout or porter to get that slight rush of hops at the end so I salute it.