dnicolaescu (1052) - Chișinău, - APR 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE 33 CL from rosenbergh. Thank you, Jan!
Look: pitch black with a big espresso head with good retention.
Aroma: mostly hoppy, floral, light citrus, licorice, dusty/ashy too.
Taste: hoppy, quite dry, medium to strong hop bitterness, charry but not really roasted.
nihtila (1158) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8.2.2014. Musta olut tumman ruskealla vaahdolla. Tuoksussa miellyttävästi humalaa ja leipää/mallasta. Maussa hieman lakritsia ja enemmän mallasta ja leipää. Jälkimaku tuo makeaa leipää ja humalan puraisua, myös greippiä mustaan olueeseen. Ensimaisti panimolta ja loistava avaus.
Brandman (2251) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, offwhite head. Aroma has some roasted malts, piney and grapefruity hoppiness. Very much roasted malts in flavour. Sweet and hoppy finish.
Kauge (484) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 bottles as a gift from Helsinki. BB 08/2015. Cool label - it’s sooo Finnish (: (Different from the one pictured, it features a lovable furry hairball with pointy ears and sleepy eyes - this character should’ve been in Muumis.) The beer is dark brown colour with a ruby glare. Head is beige, big, with very good retention and lacing. Amarillo-ish mid-summery ripe aroma, piney-citrusy, sweet molasses and roastiness, chocolate, slightly minty even, with a hinting Simcoe-kind of pungent cat pee moment as well. Taste… very full… loads of citrusy fruits, piney, good deal of roastiness, and somewhat chocolaty even. Heavy bitterness. Very damn sweet. Body mediummmmor rather like nearing it, carbonation active yet way below average. Overall? Pretty good. But I can’t consider myself a big fan of this (what I think is) Amarillo-laden brew - the hop just dominates too much in this one, and the burning sweet finish is nearly unbearable to me.
Jyrsa (132) - - FEB 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Alko. As name implies pours black with a medium light brown head. Nose has citrus, especially mandarin and some burnt malt. Roasted malt, some hops and smoke. Light body with a lively carbonation and a nice, bitter finish. A nice black IPA or something similar.
Nijstrom (100) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a tan head. The aroma consists of citrus (grape), roasted malts, wood and some smokiness. Moderately sweet and medium/high bitterness. A quite dry and bitter finish.
Douberd (2902) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Hiisi Pläkki) Bottle 330 ml at home, from Euro Swap and rosenbergh, thanks!
Served into a tall tulip, ABV 6.3%
Totally black colour on the body, huge beige head, maybe more than half of the glass. Thick and creamy with excellent retention and not just because of its size. Medium lacing on the glass.
Lots of citrus on the aroma, fresh lemon leaves.
Taste also of citrus, lemon leaves, grapefruit, roasted malts on the finish. Mildly bitter and long aftertaste.
Medium thin body, active carbonation. Dry palate.
Very good black IPA.
SaintMatty (5710) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml Bottle (Bryggeri Helsinki, Helsinki) - Black with a tan head. Liquorice, soapy hops and roasted malt in the aroma. Hoppy, roasted and slightly soapy taste with notes of liquorice, coffee and cocoa. Nice and easy to drink.
Tranquillity (1433) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the SOPP. The aroma is nice but could be stronger. Black body, nice beige head. The taste is good, more like a hoppy porter. Good long hoppy finish.
ThirstyBird (1940) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a super dark black/brown with a tan head... A bit of a gusher. The smell is roasted malt, fruit, brown sugar. The taste is dark roasted malt, fruit, brown sugar, citrusy ending dry. The body is light + with active carbonation. The carbonation was off on my bottle but pretty decent taste.
jmgreenuk (5318) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bryggeri, Helsinki. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is grassy hop, light malt. The flavour is medium bitter with a grassy nettle pine needle light spice hop palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A great example of the style.