lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a beige head, Aroma: Grassy, hoppy, lots of exotic fruits, like mango, passionfruit, pineapple, peach, roasted light chocolate, orange peel, citrussy, light acidity, liquorice, light coffee, herbal,, light dusty, some wooden notes, tangerine, grape skins, slight vinous, Taste: Medium Mouthfeel soft carbonation, grassy dry, pine, resin, citrussy hops,fruity, malty sweet, grapefruit, exotic fruits, light coffee, orange peel, peach, liquorice, some faint wooden notes.
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - DEC 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Initially nose is heavy barn and semisharp sharpie, then roasted bitter malt, rice vinegar, weak sour red grape, (...), feel is mediumbroad, carb is mediumlow, taste is decent coffee notes, some rice vinegar, then very dry lemon, decent dry bitter hops finish
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at MikkellerBAR. Black - brown head. Burned malts. High hoppy. Minerals. Metallic notes. Grassy. Light citrus. Light wine notes. Nice balance. Nice dry bitterness.
riversideAK (6049) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wine barrel red wine oak roast black malts and big fruity hops om the nose. Black pour tan head. Roast chocolate wine barrel notes fruity flavors wood earth. Decent bitterness dry roast. Light lingering barrel. Smooth mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated dry. Add points for it being rare.
RasmusOtt (2161) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2014 Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of herbs, grassy hops, wood citrus, alot of tropical fruits like pineapple, mango passion fruits and orange peel. There is some darker nuances in the background like darker malts, weak coffee and just a hint of liquorice. Taste is earthy, grassy, juicy hops, cocoa beans, pine, citrus, orange, i get some wood from the barrel, some dark dried fruits, roasted malts, liquorice and some sweetness during warming.
roblove (29) - SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 Black with white head.
In the nose fresh green apples, pear, passionfruit, lime, mint.
Taste, apple, passionfruit, smooth well balanced bitterness, dark chocolate, great long finish with a touch of grape and lychee.
djensen47 (11) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
By the time I got around to drinking this (I don’t know what took me so long) some of the Simcoe had dropped out but it’s still there with notes of fresh cut grass and grapfruit. More dominant in the nose is the French Oak barrel, a charred wood aroma, and hints of pinot noir with dried fruit. The aroma of this beer is quite complex and very pleasurable. Th flavor of the beer has a smooth roasty flavor with a nice spicy and herbal hop bitterness. This beer is not noticeably sweet but there is some malt backbone to balance both the bitterness and the crisp roasted flavor.
Jim is obsidian black in color with a dusty beige colored frothy head, which has very tiny bubbles. The head has average retention. Due to the natural bottle carbonation and a full body, this beer has a creamy, velvety texture.
Hill Farmstead has created another masterpiece that is well worth trying if you can get your hands on a bottle.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep deep brown with a medium mocha head, nice nice lacing... kinda sweet fruity aroma with a roastiness and piney hoppiness, lightly creamy, with some very faint chocolaty notes... lively, medium bodied, dry dry finish, though very lightly oily... some distinct wine notes seem to muddle the piney hops that are underneath, not nearly as roasty as other black ipas... kinda warming oddly... lightly creamy...
reggiedunlop (3633) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a medium dark tan head...nice lacing. Aroma has some sweet anise...mildly fruity like berries but not sweet...hint of roastiness. Flavor is roasty up front with delicate fruity notes...woody...hint of spicy hop notes but subdued. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and the finish is slightly roasty and woody...dry. very delicate and complex beer!
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bottle acquired in a recent trade. Black brown in color. Not much aroma off the glass. Solid hoppy bitter profile with some malty roasted toasted malt. The pinot barrel is in the background and adds the wine like flavors in a subtle way. Different dimension along side the hops. Pretty interesting beer.