BeerSkull (1080) - - AUG 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle). Very nice and fresh hop aroma with a solid foundation of roasted malt, slightly smoky with hints of licorice. Great taste of roasted malt and licorice with distinct flavors from the hops. In some respects reminiscent of a Porter. Absolutely superb beer!
Tmoney99 (9980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured black color with a large frothy tan head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.
DrSilverworm (4747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
End part of a 500ml bottle, shared by alexsdad06. Very dark brown / red color. Nearly totally black. Some pale bits of sediment visible in the body. Good thin brown head. Very nice nose on this... Herbal, earthy hops. Some hints of coffee in there. Lightly ashy. Some good roast, more coffee in the nose. Dark chocolate, and some burnt malts. Lightly spicy. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, with a dry finish. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation, more dry finish. Good black IPA. I was kind of worried about this one, but it’s definitely satisfying. Good, bigger flavor... Especially for the 7.5% ABV. Has the flavor of a double black IPA.
Marheb (1639) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Un nez de grains rôtis englués de résine de pins. Le liquide est rond et simple, chocolaté et herbacé avec une pointe d’amertume vive. ,
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This velvety brew develops a complex array of flavors from chocolate to pine, from citrus fruit to roast and vanilla.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the blackness.
-The body was sweeter than the average Black IPA’s.
-Alcohol is strangely apparent in the nose and flavor profile. As if this was barrel-aged, or really more powerful than the advertised 7.5%.
-The grain bill and potent hops are harmonious throughout.
On tap at Prohibition Pig.
MattiasA (362) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog: Bottle bought at Systembolaget when it was available. Decent black IPA, slightly unfairly balanced towards the black malt aromas though.
jkwood04 (3258) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of citrusy and floral hops, roasted and dark malts with light chocolate and coffee notes, plus hints of dough. Flavor such a great blend of everything. Average to smooth texture. A really good black IPA.
Foffern (1043) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Henrik, Bergen. The colour is deep reddish brown to black with a light brown coffee-like medium head. Aroma of coffee, roast, dark chocolate, and nuts. Wonderful. Lots of roasted malt in the flavour as well along with coffee, hops and wet cardboard. More IPA-like in the aftertaste. Has a rich and slick mouth feel, and a heavy bitterness. The ale appears as a stout at first but more like an IPA in the end. Lots of bitterness and is pretty hefty.
olio (5131) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20100417.
Pours pitch black color with a medium sized head. Aroma of intense hops, caramel, roasted malts and citrus fruits. Flavor of citrus fruits, hops, roasted malts and some chocolate notes. Nice.
Palme (2915) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Henrik. This is a deep dark brown one with a medium sized ashy-brown top that’s leaving some lacing down the glass. The nose is quite hoppy, lots of pine, some caramel and dark chocolate malts. Nice non-extreme. Oh, the flavor is really infused with piney hops! It also has a dark roasted undertone, but the hops dominates highly. Quite mouthdrying in the finish. Some nutty snickers. Did not notice the nitroglycerin to much. A really nice BIA. 08.12.2012
laiti (4800) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle @ Gastropub Nordic. Rated on 17.04.2010
Aroma is rather nice with exotic fruits, resiny notes, some roastiness and hints of coffee. Flavour has resin, exotic fruits, some vanilla and gooseberry bush. Finishes hoppy and somewhat dry with coffee notes. Very good BIPA!