neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of Chris, to kick off the weekend, served in a plastic cup in the parking lot. Pours chestnut-black with a moderate tan head that slowly fades to a thin cover. The nose has big, piney, resinous hops paired with chocolate and roasted coffee beans. The flavour is quite bitter, with resin the most dominant feature. Resin and pine linger through a moderate length finish. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a thick, creamy texture. Overall, this is quite a nice black IPA. The creamy texture was a beautiful highlight, but the hops were nice too. 2012-06-08
Vaiz (4171) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ tasting. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma is floral hops, somewhat sweaty, spicy and roasty butb with the hops definitely more prominent. Flavor is bitter roasted, chocolate, floral hops, some pine and a bit sweaty. Decent black IPA, but I still don’t really like the style.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is big american hops, some roasty caramel. Flavour is roasty malt, some chocolate, medium hop bitterness, mostly roasty malt bitterness. Good, but a bit weird mix of flavours.
piscator34 (2259) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of milk chocolate, vanilla, molasses and ginger. Flavors are of lean pale malt, caramel, earthy hops, and lightly roasted coffee. Medium bodied. Solid, but could be more bitter and hoppy.
Pyrmir (5201) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle. Aroma smoked and roasted, nice. Tastes rich and a bit tangy. Dark but not burned, with a nice bitter finish.
smith4498 (3432) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and citrus. Dark roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and citrus. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A rich, heavy and very sticky hoppy dark ale. A Tasty treat even if a bit rough and sticky
How: Bottle 22oz, consume fresh exactly one week after purchase
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a long-lasting small beige head
In long: The intense nose is resinous hops, black liquorice, pan-fried hazelnuts.
Taste is fudge nougat, cashews, highly resinous leafy hops, toasted beach wood sensation, fruity notes of grapes, forest floor, tree sap, green pine needles, vanilla, grapefruits, tobacco. Very sticky bitterness. Full body with a medium carbonation. Lots of things happening here, this is a tasty beer for sure and a style I like, but I found this one a bit too sticky, good but not very good. Still drinking the full bomber was rather easy, and I love to enter a rating for a strong beer and say I drank the whole bottle by myself, just to show-off how badass I am, and then I go take a nice long bubble bath.
humlelala (1231) - DENMARK - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
66cl bottle from Toftvin. No BBD. Pours black with medium tan head. Some retention and decent lace. Aroma is floral hops and the starchy character remniscient of black IPAs. Creamy texture, soft carbonation, full body with a hoppy and slightly roasted finish. Taste is well balanced, with a pleasant bitterness complemented by the moderate sweetness accentued by mildly roasted background character. Alltogether smooth and pleasant.
mcberko (11864) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from jmikolich (thanks Jim), pours near-black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malts, lots of harsh dry hops, and some sweet caramel malt. Flavour is well-balanced between the roasted malt and hops, perhaps more on the sweet side for an Imperial Black IPA, with caramel and roasted malt upfront, with a healthy hop dose in back. Sweet, roasty finish, without any astringency. Light-to-medium bodied for the style, without any harshness. Good stuff, but overrated I feel.
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black pour with small tan head. strong piney, soily earth and toasted aroma. robust roasted character with that same earthy note. hops are maxed out with strong pine notes. tastes like a chocolate pillow mint. big presence, bold, full bodied, long earthy aftertaste. warming finish. nice beer for CDA fans.