Habanero (4107) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Bottled. Clear and deep brown with a huge, creamy and off-white to beige head. Good lacing. Nose of toasted malt, caramel, dark coffee, chocolate, citrus fruits pine and grassy notes. Sweet flavor with grapefruit and toasted caramel. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft to average carbonation. Ends up more dry with bitter chocolate and alcohol notes. A nice one from Hoppin’ Frog.
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was not my thing. Bottle purchased and immediately refrigerated, drank about two weeks after purchase. Very heavy burnt coffee taste, slight spicy hop note but muted by the overwhelming taste of charred malt. Not outright BAD but also not good.
kramer (5910) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear brown body with a small tight bubbled beige head that left a bit of lacing. The nose is balanced, leaning a bit toward the chocolate and roasted malts more than the slightly citrusy hops. I could actually do with a little more hops for something called an Imperial Black IPA. The flavor is much the same way, lots more chocolate and roast with a little bit of licorice up front. The fairly moderate bitterness emerges on the finish. On the lighter side for an Imperial as far as body goes with light fizzy carbonation. Not bad, but I think I was looking for a bit more from this beer given the boastful commercial description.
Idiosynkrasie (6524) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. Clear darkest brown with small, frothy to creamy, lasting, lacing, tan head. Intense grassy hop aroma, green onions, a touch of fruit, underlying dark malty notes, hints of roast and coffee. Taste holds for a long time a mixture of minimally biting bitter hop, a peppery touch of green onions and some roasty dark malty notes; right before the finish the malty side gains more weight with minimally sweet chocolately and nuttily notes, while in the finish dry to bitter roasty notes predominate. Wicked!
Geokkjer (7346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus hops, some floral and cheesy notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some roasted malt, chocolate, floral and citrus hops with some caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.
Cybercat (5169) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is both smoky and hoppy - got me doing a Pavlov’s dog - with hints of mocha and molasses. Pours a rich, deep sable a whisker above black with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor - ooh, what flavor, crossing the best features of an IPA with the best features of a stout/porter. Hoppy, a little grassy, minimal bitterness, with notes of molasses, chocolate and quality coffee. Absolutely lip-smacking! Firm texture has a good amount of fizz. I love black ales, and I love hoppy beers, so the black IPA (an oxymoron, if you think about it) or Cascadian Black Ale is my fave.
BeerandBlues2 (12192) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with heavy particulates and a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and dark chocolate malt, earthy, pine, and herbal hops with dates and plums. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters and roasted malt with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Koelschtrinker (17704) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blumig hopfiger und gleichzeitig würzig dunkler Malzbeginn. Angenehme, fruchtig wirkende Bitterkeit, geringe Herbe. Hefig, cremig malzig, verschiedene Kräuter. Niemals alkoholisch, süffig, voll, zum Ende schokoladig und nussig, was leider im Nachgeschmack schnell wieder verschwindet. Sehr gut! 10/11/11/11/12/11
SirLimpsalot (3817) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stockholm Beer 2012: trevlig doft och smak. Ganska "mörk" med tydlig humle, lakrits och frukt. Kanske lite kort eftersmak.
JorisPPattyn (9510) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small to medium cream-tan head over black beer; head quite stable and leaving some lace. Very intense, extremely fruity hops’ nose, as an exotic fruit basket; all the right hops, including theri bales wafting up. To the exclusion of anything else, of course, but it’s inviting enough. Bitter, hoppy, also burnt, but on top of that an extra, slightly sweet dimension, as toffees held in the flame, or roasted on the grill for some time. Exotic fruit, passion especially. Medium to well bodied; head keeps lending a creamy feel. Long lasting flavours. Nice, but surely Imperial Black ale is yet another American hyped-up neologism, no?