matbli (133) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle 330ml, pitch black with beige head, that is falling quite fast. Aroma is very stoutish and sweet with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla beans and roasted malt. On the other hand the taste is closer to an IPA with some deep going bitterness and medium sweetness. The finish is ashy with a long lasting bitterness of strongly roasted or even burned malt. Alcohol is good hidden.In general not bad, but body could be fuller. The burned afertaste is quite disturbing and I got the impression of eating an ashtray.
as297 (6) - - FEB 15, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great pour and good color. Little too strong to begin with and becomes smooth in the end.
aroma of roasted grains and the hoppy aroma is not very apparent
valpoaj (663) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap Pour - Black..minimal head - looks fierce. Admittedly, I didnít read the description as well as I should have before imbibing this one...but it came through. More imperial stout than IPA on the nose, there is an underlying bitterness to the sweet, sugary malt...some coffee and vanilla notes as well. Flavor is pretty awesome - coffee notes with vanilla-heavy stout, good level of bitterness provides a great backbone to the heavy malt. Palate is medium-heavy bodied, but quite easy drinking, and the ABV is well hidden. Another encounter with this brewery and another solid win...great stuff, even if it doesnít necessarily conform to the Black IPA moniker applied here.
Jeffsayyes (45) - - FEB 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More intense than expected, im going to wait a bit til i drive home. Bitter ipa shows through. Am now interested in anything evil twin. At keg no 229.
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alassio (81) - USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The creamy richness of this brew is hard to match - - then comes roasty sweetness countered and enhanced by pings and pangs of pretty, but still assertive hops. To quote Matthew Arnold, itís "a darkling plain swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, where ignorant armies clash by night" but the armies are a pitched battle between frothy rich sweet warm stout and lovely strong hops - - and the brewer is definitely not ignorant. The mouthfeel alone is stratospheric. Note: I did drink this at room temperature and I can recommend the same.
BREWMUSKCLES (2379) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
good smokey flavor acrid with more than moderate body and imperial flavor moderated by some ipa. it is the quisen, quisentential aw fuck it itís the best goddamn black and tan i ver... ever even imagined.
jsnicholas (375) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz $5) 10% ABV. Nearly black with one finger tan head. Looks like a stout. Aroma was mostly roasted malts. Flavor was also roasty. The IPA part made it seem a little thinned and a bit bitter in the finish.
Zakoon (238) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is coffee, citrus, chocolate malt and roasted malt. Flavour is roasted and slighty bitter. Body is medium, texture is on the thin side, average carbonation. Finish is ashy, roasted and resinous.
King_Alex_II (624) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This self mixed (50:50) version lost a bit of carbonation, so it seems a bit lifeless. The color is black, brown and white foam from both beers. The smell is not very special, but surprisingly, the imperial IPA actually is not dominated by its stouty counterpart. This beer is impressively balanced. The aftertaste is slightly edited with the bitterness and sweetness, which doesnít fit perfectly, but the rest of the beer is awesome.
SinH4 (1066) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black & Tan from 1/3 of a bottle of Yin and Yang each. Beautiful black color with nice stable beige head, some white parts in the head as well. Pine hops, chocolate, caramel, liquorice, even nutty now, it always switches between the two components. Taste is rich and complex, of cocolate malts, toffee, vanilla, everything of the two individual beers mixed together, and boy, do they fit! A warming bitter finish. Fantastic. I wouldn?t have expected that I like the mix so much better than the individual ones.