Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2015 "Watch out for those who refuse to see the darkness"... Now that is what I call advertizing, directed to beer lovers at least. Canadian black IPA with thick and moussy, light beige, regularly structured head over a clear, very dark wine red beer - not entirely black, but close enough. Aroma strikes with hops - pine needles, wormwood, dried orange peel - and tons of iron, not in a healthy ’bloody’ kind of way but smelling like iron shavings, with additional hints of walnut, espresso, raisins, grass, bark, faint apple peel, caramel, some sourdough, some toasted bread. Taste is dry from the start, a little bit ash-like with still a subdued, subtle candied sweetness lingering around somewhere as well as a great deal of dried citrus peel; medium carbonation, smooth and lightly powdery mouthfeel, not too heavy as expected from the style; a clear and even somewhat obnoxious metallic ’tone’ appears in the middle, paired with caramelly and nutty malts making a turn for the roasted bitter near the end; finishes in a long, pine-resin-like, drying, citrussy and somewhat earthy, yet elegant hop bitterness leaving just enough room for the nutty and bitterly roasted maltiness to get through; a suggestion of coffee grounds with citrussy hops remains, but something metallic lingers as well. Not the most complex example of the style, but the intention is good and I sincerely like the Halloween-like, kitschy label. Quite alright, but I had a lot better in this style. If they can take out the iron (which is there for whatever reason), this would suddenly be a lot better, too.
lusikka (6738) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small beige creamy head. Aroma of rich roastiness, floral hops and grains. Flavour of rich roastiness, strong bitterness, floral hops, citrus and mild fruitiness. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Rich and fresh. The citrus notes here are very nice.
olio (6897) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle. Freshness info worn out.
Pours black color with a large head. Hoppy on the nose, resinous, fruits, faint coffee and dark malts. Roasted malts on the flavor, citric fruits, resinous hops and cocoa. A bit stuffy. Decent but disappointing.
laiti (6426) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
35,5 cl bottle @ lusikka
Aroma has fruity hops, some licorice and hayish tones. Also licorice tones. Flavour has licorice, fruity hops, grapefruit and some nettles. Nice, does not reach the top though.
tiong (4275) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle from Saveur-Biere
Pours dark brown, almost black with a foamy brown head. Aroma of fruits, roastiness, licorice, cocoa, grass and citrus. Taste is smooth, roasty and hoppy with hints of grass, licorice, cocoa and ash. Finish is smooth, grainy and hoppy with some roastiness and grassy notes. Okay.
miquelcrush (1625) - Granollers, SPAIN - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cervesa molt aromàtica i amb una bona presència d’escuma, es noten gustos torrats i a fruits secs.
Cerveza muy aromática y con una buena presencia de espuma, se notan sabores tostados y a frutos secos.
GraffitiVandal (80) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ENG: 355ml bottle from Liquor Mart Winnipeg. Poured into the tulip. Very dark brown color, a bit iridescent with some amber/orange highlights. Small-medium creme or light-brown head. Aromas of caramel, chocolate and coffee together with herbal hops. Tastes a bit like sweet fruits, a bit of caramel and malts, toasts, also grapefruit and lime in the background. Delicate bitter in the aftertaste. Creamy with medium carbonation and medium body. Overall a bit heavy and oily.
PL: Butelka 355ml zakupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg. Przelana do kieliszka. Bardzo ciemne, brązowe w barwie, opalizujące, z bursztynowymi przebłyskami. Średnia jasno-brązowa piana. Aromaty karmelu, czekolady i kawy zmieszane z ziołowo-chmielowymi. Smakuje nieco jak słodkie owoce, nieco karmelowymi słodami, tostami, a także grejfrutem i limonką w tle. Delikatnie goryczkowy posmak. Kremowe, średnio nasycone, średnie ciało. Podsumowując - nieco ciężkawe, oleiste.
CapFlu (4684) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quick dissipating head atop an opaque body. Nose of ashtray. Good hop bitterness, drips of coffee and cigarettes. Pretty decent. Purchased at Spinnakers Spirit Merchants James Bay for $2.80.
Bov (10060) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from la Mise en Bière - almost black beer with a poor foam left; roasted aroma of cacao, black cherries and licorice; full-bodied, tasty and quite thick; moderate carbonation and fairly bitter; long earthy roasted chocolatey finish with notes of nuts
ManuSilly (9) - - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cerveza oscura con cuerpo,ligero toque a café, algo afrutada, espuma ocre. CerveZa de 6 grados facil de beber