SarkyNorthener (2111) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@midland tasting group. Black beer with small head. Aroma of grapefruit and slightly roasted malts. Taste is grapefruit, hops, coffee and roasted malts. Medium palate with a little oil. Very good.
tommann (2768) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
660ml bottle. Pours black with a small head. Aroma is piney hops, bitter coffee and a touch of chocolate. Taste has chocolate and coffee to start. Strong bitter piney hop and chocolate finish.
maley1 (784) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, almost black pour with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, rye malts, faint citrus, slight nuttiness and hops. Taste of roasted malts, slight citrus, rye malts, faint nuttiness, grapefruit and hops. Full bodied, nice carbonation, long hop finish, pretty good black IPA.
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap pint in Schooner, Sunset Beach Orange County after a sample to compare with a Beach City Rye’T Black IPA: I chose this version of the style for my pint. I also have a bottle I am taking to an exchange in Birmingham UK very soon.
Black pour with a tanned head that lasted. Roasted malts rule the aroma and do not get pushed around by much else in the taste either. Mild citrusy hop notes try and interfere with the flavouring and nose but fail, this is a malt first and foremost brew with the hops playing second fiddle throughout. Hides the alcohol well within the maltiness. I liked it and will have a good glass full at the forthcoming bottle exchange too.
stchloe (793) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super smooth rye witha nice dark malt body, bitterness but hops could be better defined.
BeerBeCue (103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 year-old bomber poured into tulip. Pours a nice deep black with chestnut highlights, with a finger-thick head. Aromas are roasty/spicy (rye!), piney hops, and perhaps some light toffee hidden in the background. Taste is medium bitter and medium sweet. Body is medium, with a slick/almost oily texture. Carbo is under average. Finish is quite bitter, in fact more bitterness can be felt in the aftertaste than while taking a sip. Overall a really, really good offering! This now sets the mark for me as far as black IPAs go, rye or not...!
Seannpc (27) - - AUG 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark appearance on this one. Not much aroma but dark malty and bitter taste. Relatively smooth finish
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gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black IPA with a 60( IBU ) Internal Bittering scale. The SRM/(L Scale) and EBC counts both high as well which is unique for a IPA. Seems a lot of breweries got into this Pine and Citrus fad challenging the boundaries of what a typically dark rich malty beer can be.
f.W here has added spicy rye which is evident in the 8.3%. Enough alcohol to control typically more fragile Hoppy IPAS shelf live also a real earthy kinda deal unfiltered and unrefined.
Intense in a good way. Probably not a starting pitcher , more a strong closer to finish the night. Seems like instead of a Imperial IPA with double strength 1/2 IPA/ 1/2 dark with the rye kicker.
Love the experimentation into the dark side including Double DBA but gonna have to give Wookey a B as the pine/citrus notes challenge the rye
which could be toned down leaving the malt /rye more dominate overall.
ComradeK (1042) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
650ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large light beige head, which lasts very well and leaves good lacing. Pine needle, caraway and Seville orange hops mix with bitter, roasty rye notes and a touch of cocoa to create the aroma. A touch of mandarin sweetness up front soon gives way to powerful pine and bitter orange hops. A tiny hint of pineapple leads into roasty bitterness in the mid-palate, tempered by mocha notes. Pine needle and marmalade hops come into the finish. This is an exemplary beer, a lesson in how a black IPA should be made.
Zeswaft (1379) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Jet black with tight bubbled tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, roasty smoke. Flavor is predominantly citrus and pine hips. Interesting roasty and chocolate malts offer a complex and balance. Really well crafted.