The_Osprey (3244) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Draft House. Cola colour, decent foamy off-white head leaves very thick lacing. Aroma has some lime and pine, dirt and coffee breath. Body is medium, low carbonation, a touch foamy. Taste is soft with some ash, pine, washing up liquid, soft bitterness, quenching fruitiness in the finish. Solid BIPA, but after a while the aroma becomes quite lactic which is off-putting.
AdiBeer (2128) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: light tropical notes, flowers. Appearance: dark brown/black, medium beige frothy head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters intensify, floral hops, tropical fruits, peaches, average-long finish. Overall: nice Black IPA, aroma on the weak side, palate nice. Pint at Summer Brew Fest, London Fields.
ladnewton (1616) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Harp, London on 5th March 2014. Solidly black with tan foam and initial lacing. Rich, roasty aroma. Rich and intense roastiness in-mouth with smoke and fine citrus. Lush smoky roasty finish. Engaging, bodiful texture. Delicious.
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The White Horse, Parsons Green on 23 March 2013. Poured a dark brown, with a dense, off white head. Aroma of pine needles, cocoa and roasted malt. Grapefruit and peppery hop flavours, mixed with dark malts. Finish was caramel, coffee and hop resin.
downender (6954) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, on gravity at the Volunteer Tavern, Bristol 18/4/2014. Dark brown with a slight tan head. Coffee and plain chocolate aromas with a touch of grapefruit. Flavour had roasted malts, citrus fruits and a dryish finish. Good.
evergreen0199 (2397) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at London Drinker festival 2014, Kings Cross, London. A black coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Roasty, malty, coffee aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, coffee, quite bitter.
sschwab (48) - London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at London Drinker 13.3.14. Another for the dubious ’black ipa/ porter’ decision board. I’d argue this one could sit either side, but regardless it was very decent, and with such a high acid hop like apollo they are justified in calling it ipa. Nice thin black appearance with a warm aroma and little fizz. Taste is quite bitter, almost sweet and salty, with less of the citrus notes you’d get in an ipa, but a strong increasingly grassy bitter finish which is quite welcome. Really good stuff - one for an autumn night.
minutemat (2504) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ London Drinker Beer Festival 2014. Another new London brewery for me and it’s not too bad. Malt focussed with a dash of citrus.
planky84 (2371) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Good Taste Food and Drink, Crystal Palace. Black pour with an off-white head which soon dissipates. Low carbonation. Aromas of blackberries, raisin and licorice. Flavours of licorice, chocolate and berries. Sharp hop finish.
maneliquor (3469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Ivy House. Pours clear ruby brown with a small sticky khaki head. Nose is quite coffee forward with a little bit of ash and citric hops. Taste is woody and coffee with slight burnt undertones followed by citrus and light jammy apricot. A decent BIPA