saxo (12773) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Huge head with good duration. Aroma and taste are rich hops, roast malt, chocolate, flowers and coffee. Great beer!
HenrikSoegaard (9748) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Very roasted. Long moderate bitter flavor. Heavy bitter long finish. Creamy palate.
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice roasty quality with the typical hoppiness one comes to expect from Magic Rock. Coffee, roasted malts, tropical fruits and pine. My favorite style, and this one doesn’t fail to impress.
Theydon_Bois (5207) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served from keg tap into a tulip at the Cask, Pimlico, (Feb ’12).
Medium black in colour, slighly brownish when held to the light, with a thin off-white head which soon thins to a small pond like surface covering.
To the nose I was getting hops, liquorice and a smokey-woody aroma.
Flavour wise, bitter hops, smoked malts, burnt tasting daark roasted sugar, pine and a backdrop of tropical fruit.
Mouthfeel was perhaps the downfall to this beer in my opinion, too much carbonation spoilt it for me and have nver noticed this to such an extent in previous Magic Rock offerings.
Finishes with a bitter-sharp aftertaste.
bennet65 (88) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first black IPA ive had and it is excellent. far more hop punch than a lot of regular IPAs out there and with that colour, you’re just njot expecting it. the maltiness offsets brilliantly against the tropical hit of the hops. great beer.
EdKing (1545) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg in CP&K, Pimlico. Opaque black/very dark brown, foam off white 1 inch head. Nose is big and bold. Lots of hop - tropical fruit, pine, eucalyptus, earthy, shoe leather and shoe polish. It’s the earthiness that is making this work for me. Taste is earthy, christmas tree pine, menthol and eucalyptus, roasted malt, new shoes or that smell you get in shoe repairers and on the finish it’s grapefruit citrous bite. Probably the best black IPA I have had.
lusikka (4974) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate and some biscuit. Flavour of strong roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate, biscuit, very bitter hops and burnt coffee. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a salty, roasty and very bitter finish. Very good.
prawlie (998) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sheffield Tap. Black with a little yellow cream head. Light stout aroma with some hops. A touch smoked, deep stout. A bit like Fullers Past Masters stout but lighter. Good.
ACD (527) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012 33cl bottle. Pours jet black with big frothy tan head, plenty of lacing. Aroma full of pine, citrus, light tropical notes - a real C-hop hit; slight roasted and coffee notes in there too. Taste is much more on the dark side with coffee, molasses, roasted barley as well as those juicy hop notes - great balance. Full, silky mouthfeel, lovely lasting aftertaste - an appealing mix of both roasted notes and bitter hops - great BIPA.
TheJestersBeer (1874) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown, beige head.
Hoppy, heavily roasted aroma, tar, diesel, petrol, spruce, malt, coffee beans, citrus fruits.
Dry, medium body, high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Spicy, heavily roasted taste, hops, spruce, tar, asphalt, oil, phenols, grapefruit peel, smoke.