wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Black pour with a fading tan head. Enticing nose of resinous hop, citrus, roasted malt, brown sugar, and dark choc. Full bodied smooth and slightly oily mouthfeel. The flavour similarly displayed a winning combo of citrus hop bitterness and roasted notes. Maybe a hint of smoke lurking alongside more choc. Loads to admire here. A belter of a Black IPA.
wheresthepath (2104) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring] Black with a moderate tan head and a light fizz. Grapefruit and urine up front (fortunately the urine gradually fades as you drink more) with a smear of something tropical. Then the malt flavours come through - soot, tar, tobacco and leather, with peppery hints. Then back to the hops - lots more grapefruit and this time pine and maybe something tropical. Then back to the smokiness, with some peat bog, cocoa and definitely a comfy, patched leather sofa. And then maybe a hint of ginger at the back of the throat. But at the end I think the hops just win the ping pong battle. A fascinating, interesting beer - like Thornbridge Raven, it pulls off the rather unique trick of mystically switching in turn between the malt and the hop flavours rather than mixing them together. However, I didn’t think the hops in this worked quite as well as those in Raven, and thus it gets a lower mark. Still a damn tasty beer though.
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[keg at the Hanging Bat, Edinburgh] How have I not rated Magic 8 Ball until now? Blackish brown pour, thick, cream-coloured head. The aroma is deep and malty, with leather and piney hop combining, although somewhat muted due to the cold keg serve. On the taste, first flavours are cold coffee, leather and roasted chocolate malt, before the hops arrive as orange and lemon, pine and resin. Great Black IPA 
Gorm (1899) - 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.
CraftBeerNick (1880) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home, 19th February 2012. Love the look of the bottle, looks like class. Aroma is roasted malt, dusty cocoa, a little coffee and dark chocolate, intriguing, I can’t get the hops. Pours a small head, good lacing. Taste is roasted malt a little grapefruit, pork sctrachings, burnt cracking, cocoa very smooth and perfect carbonation for me. Not bad, I love the Black IPA.
Gary (1843) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(330ml Bottle) The most reserved ’Black IPA’ I think ive drunk , not that ive had loads, but this feels more resemblance to an American stout with the customary abundant use of aromatic hops , than a marring of two styles. Deep jet black, attractive beige head. Nose is hoppy and dark ,basically . On the palate, resiny bitter hops are tropical ,floral ,zesty and bitter ...dark malts are a bit subdued but ’there’ in muted sense .
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, mybrewerytap.com. The beautiful ripe mango aroma is utterly at odds with this beer’s black appearance, but it really works. Against a background of smoky roasted malt the opposing flavours combine to produce a full bodied hop lovers dream, with plenty for the stout fans too. Lovely oily hop aroma comes in late on and there’s a long, rich bitter finish.
dynamiteninja (1808) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Purple-tan medium head. Jet black body. Massive whiff of grapefruit and passionfruit. Some smokiness. Good amount of lasting bitterness which leads to a dry finish. Decent amount of body.
Japalo (1807) - DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap@ craft & co London. Small redblack. Intense resinous pine grass herbal Earthy notes. Great lingering pleasant bitterness. Full mouthfeel with absence of roasted malts, so the black malts more for the colour. Super brew.
Nocturne (1773) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Craft Beer Co., London. Arrived looking seductive with a creamy head. It’s deep and toasty at first, very stout-like, then the citric bitterness arrives in waves and produce some fruity character as it finishes. I can tell this is a well-crafted beer, but the elements didn’t quite click for me. I’m looking for more synergy between the two extremes.