hopscotch (9727) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Murky brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose is fruity and chocolaty. Odd combination, but thumbs up. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and feather-soft carbonation. The flavor presents very little chocolate or roast. Fruity, resiny bitterness balanced by fruity, caramely sweetness. Finishes mildly bitter and then dry. Blindfolded, I would not guess this is a black Ipa. Quite nice. Bottle courtesy of Maltzilla!
BeerSkull (1325) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly sweet aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and banana?, with fresh and spicy hop notes, lemon-like. Mmmmm! Taste is smooth malt with light chocolate tones and a nice hop aroma and a distinct bitterness in the aftertaste. A excellent beer, but after a while the taste becomes a bit too sweet!
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught 0.20 L at Bruuveri. Slightly sweet and hoppy nose. Beige exspressolike head. Dark reddish black colour. Sweetish syropey malty and hoppy taste. Guite soft. Some hints of dark fruits in the taste. Alcohol is well hidden.
smith4498 (3111) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Maltzilla’s tasting. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and citrus and pine. Roasty and bitter flavors with some pine. Medium body with average carbonation.
50belair (2507) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Matzilla. Brown pour with an off white head. Roasty nose. Sweet citrusy hop and caramel malt flavors.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from IPB. Best before 26/03/2014
Appearance : Dark amber with a medium head. Light lacing. Good head retention.
Aroma : Caramel with resinous hops. Rather piny. Light roasted malt notes.
Taste : Light roasted notes with caramel and resinous hops. Piny and a bit floral. Finish is rather resinous with roasted malt mixed with caramel. a bit floral on the finish too.
Overall : Not bad. A bit too much caramel for a Black IPA. Interesting hop but a bit too resinous and astringent for my taste. Good but nothing special.
Hermod (3508) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle @Pikkulintu 24.7.2011. Poured brown color with a white head. Aroma is lovely, fruity hoppy with some herbal/medicine notes. Flavor is caramel, hops and sweet malt. Long smooth fruity finish. My first Black IPA.
Habanero (2801) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2011 Bottled. Pours deep brown with a red glow and with a large, creamy, tan head. Execellent lacing. Nose of roasted malt citrus, pine and chocolate notes. Sweet flavour with roast, citrus, caramel and chocolate + light cofee notes. Medium to full bodied, creamy to oily texture and soft carbonation. Nice and markedly bitter finish. A well composed Black IPA - Well done Hornbeer.
frehal (18) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@home. Aroma is cheese, cough drop, alcohol. Taste is bitter and maybe not so complex that you want for a Black IPA in this ABV.
EHSRanders (1801) - Tjele, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with large creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Nice complex aroma. Hoppy. Roasted malt. Chocolate, Coffee. Sweet spicy and bitter flavor. Creamy palate.