Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Commissioned BIPA brewed at Anders. Very dark burgundy colour, not entirely black, hazy, under a cream lacing, regular, fairly thick, yellow beige head. Clearly ’Belgian’ but original, attractive and pleasant aroma of nettles and other garden weeds, red apple, beef stock, salmiac, Belgian chocolates but lightly so, green peppercorns, honey, candi syrup, rose hip tea, eucalyptus, bananas with brown sugar, treacle, cinnamon, hints of coffee grounds and peppermint. Crisp onset, brambleberries, red apple, pineapple, good balance of sweetish and sourish with spritzy carbo; smooth and fairly light (not to say thinnish) malt character with Belgian ’yeasty spiciness’ on top, caramelly, bit nutty, with a bitter roasted accent in the end, almost becoming a bit coffeeish but then - as is the intention in a black IPA - stopped by hops, which assume a weedy, leafy, lightly peppery and earthy character, bittering but only gently so, allowing a lot of the caramel malt sweetness to flow through into the throat; a dash of warming, ’jenever’-like alcohol is there but does not burn or become astringent at any point. Very ’European’ interpretation of the style, lacking the ’citrusness’ and agressive hoppiness of many American examples and remaining sweet and malty, so one could argue this needs more hoppiness; still, the aroma is hugely enjoyable, sweetly perfumed and of the type I could sniff for hours - and to me, this makes up for the rather soft hop character. Not considering truth to style, this is a lovely beer without any obvious flaws, delicate and carefully made, and so far the best black IPA from Belgium in my opinion. But then, there aren’t many examples around here of course, I can only hope this kind of beers inspire other brewers to get to work with this fascinating beer style. Well done, Bieradviseur!
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown and almost clear. Has an off-white head. Sweet aroma, roasted and notes of mint. Flavor is moderate sweet, more mint and finish moderate bitter.
goozen (3555) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0,33ltr: Black/brown colored brew with an dry bitter taste and hints of grapefruit and chocolate. Very nice Black I.P.A. from Belgium.
Habanero (3429) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours deep brown with an average, lacing tan head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice and citrus hops notes. Sweetflavor thaat ends up more dry and slightly bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice and pleasant Black IPA.
mile (3572) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown, small to average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate to full, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, faint caramel, roasted malt and some tropical fruitiness, grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light - some caramel and some roasted malt with light tropical fruitiness, grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Finish is average to long, malty and dryish - lightly sweetish, light caramel, roasted malt and light tropical fruitiness, piney - grapefruit hoppyness. Nice roasted BIPA. Could be drier (with more bitterness) - also bit too much caramel for me.
Pyrmir (4688) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Near black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, hops and roasted malt. Taste is hoppy, roasted, light coffee, chocolate and hops. Low bitterness
Camons (8401) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Voldby tasting. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light coffee, citrusly hops. Flavor is malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, citrus, light pine. Medium body, average carbonation, light bitter finish. 260914
Niller (1074) - Hammel, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Voldby. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Medium bitter taste of roasted malts, some fruits, black berries, hints of citrus, hops. Soft carbonation. Medium body. Slightly bitter finish.
Eastwood (49) - Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 3, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cerveza ipa negra belga.
No tiene el amargor de otras ipas. Pero cerveza más que correcta.
Trago largo, poco densa, solo 6 grados.
Al que le encanten las ipa’s le dejará un poco indiderente, pero su sabor tostado y ligeramente lupulado es interesante
angel77 (1718) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella de 75 cl via brujas. Black ipa bastante dulce y con sabores quemados y tostados algo mas apreciables al final, después de coger temperatura. No esta mal.