Ragnampiza (740) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAY 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle drank at Les Vignerons. Dark brown, not entirely impossible to see through, with a nice, creamy, forever lasting beige head. Pleasent and very clean nose despite no actual trace of hops: milk chocolate, vanilla beans, slightly toasted malts and tons of nuts (especially almonds and hazelnuts). Taste follow suite, again with no hops taste nor presence (i.e. bitterness) but what’s in the glass is tasty and well crafted. Smooth mouthfeel with a mild chocolate sweetness and a hint of green coffee beans taste. Average carbonation, medium body, slightly oily texture. If somebody told me this was a milk stout, I would have believed him.
chinchill (2903) - South Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle in Edinburgh.
Clear and dark brown, looking nearly opaque in the glass.
An IPA-level hop load fights with a strong load of very dark malts for dominance. .. the flavor doesn’t win. Flavor improve a bit with warming.
Good balance in the aroma.
nihtila (1610) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
18.11.2013. Tumman ruskea, ilman vaahtoa. Maku ensin ipamainen, nopeasti muuttuu stoutimaiseksi, jälkimaksu suklainen ja kuiva.
Scottishchris (409) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Hive. Dark dark ruby brown, big tan collapsing head. Malts and light hops, faint pine. Sweet orange and slightly lactic with chocolate undertones. Soft carbonation, long bitter sweet finish. A very soft and approachable BIPA, but I prefer more heft.
androman (876) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle @ home from Edinburgh.
Body is clear, dark brown,
Head is medium, fizzy, brownish, average lasting, fair lacing.
Nose is light citrus,
Aroma is tea, toast, resin, hops, leaves.
Taste is light to medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter.
Finish is medium lasting medium roasty medium hoppy bitter, later more hoppy.
Medium to full body, quite thin texture, average carbonation.
Easy black IPA, good one.
gunnar (6346) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Ales By Mail. Pours pitch black with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and resiny hops. Taste is moderate dry, coffee and fruity hops, more like an dry stout than BIPA.
Cimbasso (328) - - JAN 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a bottle purchased in Edinburgh (thanks Rory and Rachel!). Pours black with a good tan head. Malt and citrus aromas. The taste has plenty of roasted malts, with the associated coffee and chocolate flavours, but mixed in with grassy and bitter hops. There is a distinct, astringent gooseberry/grapefruit flavour along with the charred malt taste. It is a bit like the flavour of a slightly caramelised baked grapefruit, if you can imagine such a thing. An interesting and original beer, but I find the roasted flavours do not combine particularly well with the more citrusy notes.
prawlie (1260) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Toasty, dry black IPA. Lightly roasted. Enjoyable stuff but lacks complexity. A touch of golden syrup.
Travlr (15625) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear very dark maroon brown color. Aroma of light cocoa. Taste has bitter fruity chocolate. OK.
Mr_Pink_152 (1799) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from brewery via eebria. Deep black colour, with tan head. Aroma has hops and roasted malt. The taste has chocolate, hops, roasted malts. Nice bitter finish.