PhillyCraft (4069) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Franks, pours black with small head. Notes are rye and ashy as fuck with dark malts, roast, and lager to finish it out. Needed a more dank variety of hops for me to enjoy this one.
CacheManyHose (401) - HONG KONG - SEP 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015 From Bottle Shop. Beautiful opaque pitch black. Creamy thick tan head with small fine carbonation. Big streaky foamy legs. Smells strongly of coffee, roasted malt - in a warm, not burnt, way - some cereal and almost cinnamon-y malt, hint of acidic and berry/plum. Great aroma. Tastes quite hoppy, bitter roasted malt that dissipates quickly. Thin-to-medium body, slightly watery. Really enjoyable hoppy dark beer - I love beers that are very dark and very hoppy without getting too burnt or raisin-y like this - but would be even better if there were more to the taste.
HKdIPA (468) - HONG KONG - SEP 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bottle Shop at home. Solid black-brown pour with creamy sticky foamy tan head. Aroma is very roasted - coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is pleasantly hoppy for this type of beer - good amount of bitterness and pine. Then more typical dark beer flavors. Not too heavy either. Lasting bitterness. Quite good. Would get again.
RichTheVillan (4665) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark brown almost black pour with a big fluffy light tan head, mellow pine and roast malt aroma, taste has dark fruits, bitter coffee, resinous pine, sweet chocolate, really nice viscous mouthfeel.
tiong (5005) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Bierkompass
MFG 03.11.14 - Pours pitch black with a thick light brown head. Aroma of earthy notes, grassy hops, roasty malts, hints of licorice, smoke and ash. Taste is crisp, malty and earthy with loads of grassy hops, roastiness, lingering bitterness, licorice and hints of smoke. Finish is bitter, crisp and massively hoppy with some roastiness, notes of licorice and tar. Quite nice and tasty beer. Feels almost like a black IPA.
laiti (7570) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle (7%) @ home, brewed 11.03.2014
A 7% schwartz? Shouldn’t this be a dunkler bock?
Aroma has nice roastiness, chocolate and coffee. Also hints of hay. Flavour is somewhat hoppy with ashy tones, cold coffee, some licorice and hints of smoke. The hops feel vegetable-like on some sips. A schwartz on the hoppy side, does not reach the hoppiness level of Black IPA though.
madmitch76 (18660) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7th September 2014
Almost opaque dark brown beer, tidy pale tan head. Palate is crispy and semi dry. Roasty dark malts but delivered in a light and smooth fashion. Touch of dry dark chocolate. Good light piney hops, trace of citrus. Light dry finish. Stands on the cusp of being a CDA I would venture. Very drinkable.
Idiosynkrasie (5013) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Jet black colour with huge, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting and lacing, beige head. Black IPA-ish aroma, roasty dark malty, dark chocolately and resinous hoppy notes converge into green onion flavours; overall there’s a predominance on the richer malty side, delivering additionally hints of coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate. Taste is bitter hoppy, roasty dark malty, hints of dark chocolate, cold mocha, an earthy, resinous hoppy touch, some citrusy hoppy overtones as well, even a salty touch of liquorice. Very well balanced, at the same time diversified, oscillating between different flavours, delivering new subset combinations with every sip, depending on the focus of your advertency - too complex to determine the flavours all at once.
RexTalionis (3105) - FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogny in color with an off-white head. Upfront you get chocolate, dark roasted malts, floral notes and forresty pine in aroma. Roasted malts, coffee and burnt wood in taste with a nice bitterness backing it up. Quite smooth mouthfeel too. Then there’s that grapefruit bitterness and toffee sweetness mixed together with coffee and pine in the finish. Really nice and delicious brew.
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome. Clear brown, beige head. Great balance of hops, some light smoke, roast. Tasty.