foxo82 (765) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Pershore Road, Birmingham. Unlike some other black IPAs this beer’s colour is befitting of the name. It has an inviting aroma of roasted malts, toffee and a little elderflower. If there was a category for bitterness this would get the full 5 out of 5; it tastes more strongly of coffee than coffee with an extremely long, unrelentingly bitter finish and a rough, slightly gritty mouthfeel. Unfortunately for me, I don’t enjoy the taste of coffee and I prefer my beers with a modicum of sweetness to balance things out. This presents me with a dilemma: I can appreciate this is a well crafted beer - full of character, aromas and flavour; however, drinking beer is meant to be about enjoyment and, truth be told, I didn’t find this particularly drinkable.
elbernays (760) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass at craft beer Co. Pours black with red hue. Cream head. Floral dishwater aroma. Biscuit, caramel malts with pithy bitter finish. Medium carbonation.
mgajdaczewa (759) - Katowice, POLAND - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bardzo smaczne Black IPA. W aromacie cytrusowa chmielowość z lekką nutą owoców tropikalnych. W smaku wytrawne, wręcz smukłe, wyraźnie goryczkowe. słód pełni rolę drugoplanową, ważną, acz ledwo dostrzegalną. Nie czuć go za wiele, ale doskonale balansuje smak tego piwa, nie jest ono wodniste. Bardzo wysoka pijalność.
androman (715) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Borefts 2014. #17.
Body is nearly black.
Head is small, white, mostly diminishing, fair lacing.
Nose is floral,
Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, strong coffee, soy sauce, very hoppy.
Taste is light sweet, heavy bitter, hint of sour.
Finish is light sweet, medium hoppy and roasty bitter, average to long duration.
Medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert IPA, very delicious.
Beermack (710) - 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.
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.
danielecamo (657) - ITALY - NOV 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alla spina all’IBF. Colore nero impenetrabile, shiuma fine e mediam persistente. Aromi molti intensi di frutta tropčicale, tostature leggere ma percettibile. Al palato corpo medio, alcool molto ben nascosto. sentori di frutta tropicale, molto fresca e beverina.
zimbo (652) - SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Via cask at the Hanging Bat before Christmas. A super beer but despite it all its the mouthfeel/taste which conquers all. The perfect balance between chewy hebal and tobacco qualities on the palate. Greatness.
The Etruscan (567) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy beige full lasting head. Dark brown colour. Aroma is moderately malty with fruity (roasted apples and grapefruit) and light milk chocolate notes. Flavor is malty too with light coffee and light dried fruits tones, ending in a smooth moderately smoky finish. Medium to full bodied
superflyguy (429) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black pour, very thin dark beige head.
heady aroma of tropical fruit hoppage and roasted dark malts.
lovely balanced flavour.
bring me more!