Brigadier (2610) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle
This particular black IPA was not my cup of tea but is still a fine beer. It wasn’t difficult to finish off the bottle despite it being filling and a little heavy by the end. Don’t let this one sit around - drink it fresh and enjoy a superb experiment.
Aroma / Appearance - The inky black fluid pour clings to the sides of the glass. A billowing musty brown head looks like a pile of dead leaves that have crumbled into dust. Anise, chocolate, spruce, and resin spark the inner hophead.
Flavor / Palate - The resin manifests itself immediately in the form of a piney bite. Dark high quality chocolate and anise rise up before a soft feel of ethanol infuses the palate in warmth. The last experience is of a bitter finish that sticks on the back of the throat. I can’t wait to try the new Goose Juice and see if Hoppin’ Frog can carry their momentum to another gem.
Martinus (2527) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, coffee and roasted notes. Light floral. Light sweet flavour, quite bitter, caramel, malts and a hint of vanilla. Finish caramel, roasted malts and chocolate.
(From 66cL bottle @ ZZT 8b, Oirschot 2013. Thanks for sharing, Abijen!)
574deadzone (763) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a thinner mocha-khaki head that leaves some small, spotty lace. Nose involves lots of dark chocolate, toast, fresh pine, milk chocolate, earth, stone fruit, biscuits, dank grapefruit, frosting, molasses and mango. Pretty sweet and pretty bitter. Medium to full bodied, thick and rich, sticky, oily, pretty actively carbed, with a lengthy drying bitter finish. Really damn good brew, a nice bold and complex mix. Among the best I’ve had in the style.
ansjelaah (858) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zzt’13. Zwarte kleur en beige schuimkraag. Ruikt naar koffie, vanille, rokerig, fruitig. Smaakt zoet, vanille, koffie, klein beetje hoppig.
DutchDrebus (3104) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZZT9 thx to Abijen. Dark brown colour with a small off-white head. Smells coffee, roasty, chocolate, some vanilla. Tastes roasty, chocolate, coffee. Very nice beer. Full body, nice carbo, slightly silky.
Abijen (901) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown beer with a good creamy tan head. Smells fruity, coffee. Tastes coffee, vanilla, fruity and roasty. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.
Benzai (5769) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZZT 8 shared by Abijen. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma has malts, very hoppy, lightly roasty. Taste malts, hops, moderately grapefruit, light to moderately roasty and nicely bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Delicious!
ogreface (1214) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sotet vorosesbarna szine van, habja vekony es gyorsan olvad. Illata kave likoros, komlod, de edeskes. Ize sotet bogyos gyumis, szilvalekvar, kakao, meggybefott, komlo. Testes, nem tul bubis. Utoize keseredes, gyumolcsos, szaraz. Remek!
artmcd8 (1086) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of citrus hops and roasty coffee notes. Bitterness in the taste with a slightly dry finish. Medium to high carbonation and medium thick body.
Beergeek23322 (1709) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/12/2012. 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, hops, spice and tropical fruit. Good balance and complexity throughout. Awesome ale.
ClassyBeagle (300) - USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FROM NOTES: August 7, ’12
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
A: Roasted malts and chocolate notes dominate the aroma initially, but a strong piney, citrus hop profile reveals itself quickly. Smells fantastic.
A: Pours a very dark near-black, with some brownish/ruby highlights and a tan foam head that settles to a thin cap and splotchy lacework.
T: Delicate but successful balance between the hops and malts. Nice and hoppy with a fair amount of sweetness. There is also a strong amount of chocolate and roast with a equally as strong amount of hops.
P: Medium in body and moderate carbonation.
O: I tried to find fault with this beer, but it is excellent. The chocolate, roasty malt notes set it apart from other American Black Ales. If you like Black Ale, you MUST try this, IMO.