Tide (2927) - 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 (9267) - 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 (3982) - 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!
jd543 (428) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really deep dark brown - basically black, with a huge off-white head. Aroma of skunky, floral, orange-citrus hops and nutty, roasty malt. Flavour is light sweet and meium bitter with a long finish. Texture is oily with light carbonation. An excellent beer.
Beerheart65 (1390) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola-like color: clear brown/red, near black in glass, creamy off-white one finger head and nice lacing. Fruity hoppy aroma has citrus, tropical fruits, bit pine, dark slightly roasted malt is sweet: bit dark caramel. Good aroma. Crisp feel is bitter with citrus-pine dryness, bit roasted coffee, dark dry chocolate and ash, smooth but tingling, long dry-bitter finish. Well done tasty IPA that has lots character and nuances.
larsga (7251) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big beige lasting head. Dark opaque body. Resiny meaty tropical fruit taste with catty notes. Dry-sweet resiny earthy roasty taste with catty pineapple notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish earthy plastic rubbery aftertaste with wooden spicy roasty notes. Weird. Didn’t like this much. I guess black IPA with Simcoe-like hops is not my thing. (0.33l draft at The Rover, Göteborg, Sweden.)
esp0r (2719) - NORWAY - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Haand Festival 2013
Black in glass, thin beige head. Smells of roast, herbs, citrus and zests. Moderate sweet, roast and hints of coffee. Medium bitter with resins and zests. High class BIPA, very drinkable.
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Haand Festival 2013. Pours black with a nice, medium offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malts with notes of tropical fruits, coffee and hops. Well balanced beer with medium bitterness, meduim body, light sweetness. Very nice BIPA.
Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is up there. Really is quite splendid. Black and pale, like my arms. You should see what I’ve got planned next. Love Magic Rock.