rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Brewdog Glasgow. Great hop profile on the nose and a rich fruity bite in the mouth. The smoky malt at the back coupled with the fruit makes for an interesting and drinkable beer. My favourite of the current Magic Rock brews.
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Pours ebony black - pitch black with a creamy tight cafe-creme head. Big kick of grilled pineapple and lychee on the nose, an inviting floral, grassy hoppines. Slick and oily on the palate with a rounded smooth but subtle alcohol warmth. There is an intense fruity bitterness like charred pineapple which fills the mouth completely before being replaced with a faint coffee chocolate flavour all covered with plum, date and raisin. This leaves a dry residue on the tongue before those dark fruits re-emerge in decreasing surging waves. The aftertaste lingers in a dry dark tropical afterglow. A beautifully crafted and complex beer.
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Pours black with thin tan head, nice lacing. Nice aromas of of coffee, mango, exotic fruit. Lovely flavours of coffee, juicy mango, dairy milk or cream as well, real passionfruit. Lovely smooth mouth-feel. Another Magic Rock winner.
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.
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.
Dr_Butty (87) - SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strewth! A black IPA ... still you lives and learns. Looks like a stout. Then you raise the glass and there’s a huge pungent hop aroma, a bit grapefruity with a hint of mentholish, detergentish smell (but in a good way). Properly bitter IPA, but with a disconcerting coffee note. Long dry finish. Wouldn’t like it any more bitter than this. Interesting fusion of styles which overall I rather like.
kaiho (70) - - AUG 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at the Southampton arms, London nw5. The bottom line: this is the best English black IPA I’ve tasted to date. Aroma infuses malty roastiness to a veritable bouquet of tropical hops. The taste doesn’t quite live up to that promise but is delicious, don’t get me wrong. Plenty of tasty darkly sweet malt and alcohol warmth to offset the hop punch. A go to beer for me, definitely.
WASW (50) - - JAN 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very confusing beer. Aromas of cannabis give way to very contradictory hoppy but dark flavour. Certainly not un-enjoyable, but perhaps not one I will put into regular rotation.
realalechamp (41) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Perhaps the first keg beer I’ve had that has entirely floored me. What a splendid beer--both rich and roasty with undeniable fruity flavours. If only this were on cask, if only.
Big_Dunc (35) - Glasgow, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark ipa? An oxymoron if ever there was one.
A dark pitch black beer with a golden brown head. Feint fruity aroma and a deep hoppy flavour. A roasted coffee aftertaste from the dark malts makes this a really mind bogglingly interesting drink.
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