MattiasA (608) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog. Sample at Copenhagen Beer Festival. Dominated by licorice, raisins, dried fruit and caramel.
hackobock (899) - SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours dark brown with a large dense tan head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus together with a nice chocolate and coffee backbone, some caramel notes. Taste has a sweet carmel malty backbone with chocolate, coffee and a bitter grassy hops. Smooth medium body and a nice chocolate and grassy hop finish, soft carbonation.
Majek (270) - Ząbki, POLAND - MAR 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark colour with big and fluffy beige head. Intensive aroma of citrus(lots of grapefruit!), roasted malts, dark bread, chocolate and minimal alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet on the beginning and very hoppy and bitter aftertward. Finish is extremely long and really bitter. Despite of strong bitterness, it’s well balanced and quite drinkable. Fantastic example of strong black IPA.
sir__v (464) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with friends @ La Capsule, Lille - FR. Color: dark black beer with really small carbonation and small brown head. Smell: rye, malt and hoppy nose. Black bread, caramel. Taste: nice explosion of flavors of malt and hops in good balance. Really good and drinkable in this style. Aftertaste: malty and wet bitterness.
Desverger (1256) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap@Amager ølhus, CPH - dark brown verging black pour with a good beige head. Hoppy fruity, and toasty roasted malts, caramel, slight vanilla, nice sweet/bitter balance on this.
Jorn69 (545) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (61:-). Rostade toner, humlig, fruktig, stor sötma, karamell, besk, medelfyllig. Lång och besk avslutning.
Osprey87 (1154) - London via, WALES - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg. Dark brown, beige head doesn’t endure long. Smell - rose water orange Centennial. Body is medium, carbonation low, not foamy. Taste - burnt toffee, dried dark fruits, orange, more Centennial, finishes with a soft bitterness. Decent.
Svesse (5845) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Dark brown colour, almost black, with lasting beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark bread, chocolate, roasted malt and pine needles. Malty, roasted taste with dark bread, roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, hints of mint and a generous resinous, piney bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with a slight sweetness. Considering its fairly powerful bitterness and alcohol level, it feels quite well balanced and drinkable. Very nice.
jookos (1519) - FINLAND - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@bruuveri, hki. Black. Fruity grapefruit, green berry, pines on nose, with a good roasted barley, soft chocolate espresso backing. Full soft body, very intensively flavoured. Soft, slight rubbery roastedness, green hoppyness. Well bittered, but soft palate. A slightly resinous, powdered chocolate, finish. Really nice ale for the dark afterworks here. Full and almost creamy soft, with lots of good flavours.
Marstonlad (328) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Bruuveri, Helsinki. Aroma of heavily roasty dark maltiness, plenty of chocolate, coffee and also pretty much piny hoppiness. Taste is both malty and very hoppy. Initial sweetness lingers surprisingly long before balancing bitterness starts to feature. The combination of rich roasty chocolaty notes and piny and grassy elements is delightfully rich. Taste is very long; the palate round, full and smooth. Excellent black IPA that is very close to an imperial stout in my opinion.