FatPhil (11818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Black, small keggy tan head. Lovely tangy hoppy aroma, but based on a rich roast. Super full smooth body, crispish carbonation, but it is keg. I’m sure the hops crispen it too. Taste has a great almost chocolatey roast base, but thise hops are way too arrogant, and jump up and down on your tongue shouting TASTE ME, TASTE ME! So I do; and it is good. This is a superb dark hoppy beer. Drinkability *massive*. Sad to reach the end of the glass, I could drink several more. Finish has slightly wooly bitterness. Bye Bye, hope to see you again.
VastActiv (4231) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Kaisla, Helsinki. Colour is black with small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, hints of coffee and licorice in after taste, hops, some fruits and roasted malts. Great beer but tartness in taste.
ClubGonzo (4889) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Haand Festival 2013. Pours a deep brown, near-black body with a small off-white head. Aroma is grass, resinous herbs, hints of nuts, earthy leaves and green mints. Taste is licorice, deep malts, herbs, resin, hints of grains and almond essence. Medium body and carbonation. A bit strange and grassy.
Gorm (1900) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2013 Mørk amber farve med beige skum. Lukt av humle, sitrus. Smak av grapefrukt og humle. På tapp @ Melkebaren.
nilsas (2511) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lite sittende skum. Mørk brun gyllen farge. Frisk duft av grape frukt og krydder. God tydelig smak av grape frukt. Smaken sitter.
Beerhammaren (1430) - FINLAND - JUL 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.33l on tap @ Vihreä Haltiatar
Pours clear dark amber with medium head. Aroma is citrus and hops. Some roasted malts and coffee flavors. Flavor is alcohol, dark malts, chocolate and hops. Some liquorice. Nice palate.
Tide (2438) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at bar. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with hops, roasted malts, citrus, pine and coffee. Bitter finish with coffee and grapefruit. Excellent black IPA.
Povester (13) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good Black IPA. Very dark , almost perfect black. Small head. My bottle was a little too cold, taste improved as drink warmed.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This super grassy Black IPA shares a few grapes and citrus fruit within coniferous resins.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A mushroom of foam sprouts from the blackness, leaving plenty of lacing on the edges of the glass.
-The grassy hop component is prevalent from nose to aftertaste.
-This is not an easy drinking example; it’s intense, and perhaps brash too.
-The resinous hop presence is sometimes redolent of longly steeped leaves.
-The mouthfeel is a bit bulky.
-This is packed with flavour, no doubt. It would surely be a hit in the USA.
On tap at The Evening Star, Brighton.
daje (2782) - NORWAY - JUN 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Haand festival 2013. Black bodied, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and tons of fruity hops, light chocolate and salt licorice. Taste is massive citrus hoppy, coffee, leather, dry and clean bitterness, very nicely balanced. Refreshing bitter aftertaste. A great brew!