reebtogi (4757) - Edmonton, Alberta, - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle pours almost black in color with a 2 finger light brown head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is quite smoky with not much else. Taste is also smoky with some piney hop bitterness and a dark chocolatey sweetness. Medium bodied with some light carbonation. A very strong flavored beer which is a little harsh on the palate, but interesting enough to get a must try at least once.
kerenmk (3206) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’ place. Thanks Stas and Vova. Opaque dark brown with a beige head. A little roasty, chocolate candy aroma, bitter, a little alcoholic, a little stale and nutty taste. Medium body, fair fizz, long and a little malty finish.
DSG (8367) - Tel Aviv, - JUN 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Stas & Vova. Dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma of roast and very stale hops. Dry bitter flavor with roast and stale hops. Medium-bodied.
pastymc (30) - Niscemi, ITALY - MAY 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottiglia da 50 ml
Molto scura, con lievissimi riflessi ambrati; cappello di schiuma color nocciola, intensa e persistente. Al naso pungenti note affumicate, odore di sottobosco, di fogliame bruciato, poi di nocciola, caffè, leggermente etilico. In bocca gli aromi affumicati e tostati del malto vanno ad esaltarsi, con sentori di carciofi arrosto, ancora caffè, leggero caramello. Il finale ci ricorda che è un’India Black Ale, facendo fuoriuscire la luppolatura che ben va a chiudere e bilanciare il tutto. Carbonazione medio-bassa, corpo medio-alto.
Ben strutturata e ben equilibrata, piacevolissima scoperta
oliodnb (523) - ITALY - MAR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle. Batch 690 brewed 27.11.2013. Pours dark cola brown with reddish accents, thick foamy uneven light beige head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, citrus peel, candied fruits. Taste is roasted malts with some smoked and meaty notes, some ground coffee, faint citrus. Probably the hops are mostly gone but the beer aged quite good overall. Very pleasant mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation.
scirtes (126) - POLAND - FEB 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, batch 690. Beer is black with beige, long lasting, creamy head. Very nice lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, some dried fruits, raisins, plums, only some hints of smoked malts (?). Sweet with some bitterness. texture somewhat oily. I can’t feel hops aromas, but the beer is not a very fresh one (brewed 27.11.13, bb 27.05.2015). Would never say this is black IPA, nevertheless a great beer, worth trying.
Rolfarild (108) - NORWAY - FEB 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black with a light brown head that ends in an island. Sicky thick lacing. Aroma is dry with a faint smoky apperance and some sourness. Taste burned dark malt, bozze, bread, caramell, cold coffee and a little smoke. Aftertaste of bitter malts, no hops?
Florya (784) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How: Bottle Appearance: Black, small white head. Aroma: Dark fruits, reisin, smoke Palate: medium body, low carbonation.
fellebag (1107) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 50cl. Off white layer. Clear dark brown color. Aroma is leather, plums, berries, chocolate, hops. Taste is powerful. Aroma times ten. Chocolate explosion and a lot of leather and berries.
Buczer (374) - Łódź, POLAND - JAN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours black with rocky tan head. In aroma mainly chocolate, bit roasted and some peat. Medium bitterness, bitter chocolate in taste along with peat and a bit roasted background. Bitter aftertaste, medium body, average carbonation bit thick feel.
StilleStorm (1038) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
DWG; Bottle 500ml. Batch 690. Pours dark brown with a large, creamy, tan, forever lasting, leaving lacing, beautiful head. Nose fills with smoked, roasted malt, caramel, bacon and dark, dried fruit. Taste is moderate sweet and bitter, umami, spicy and smoking lasting. Body is medium, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is soft. Enjoyed with dates and bacon. Great beer, disappointing palate.