BenH (1689) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Pours as good as black with bubbly tan head. Wowee the smell is tidy, lots of grapefruit (Nelson?) and mango, some resinous aroma also. Similar taste, little malt on the finish. Well bittered. The hops really dominate. It’s..........Delicious!
stravale (1689) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Great Grog, Edinburgh
Very dark brown black....ruby light edges...frothy tan head...good lacing
Aroma - Very hoppy...grass hops..bit musty...damp hay..some grapefruit in the background...dark caramel malts...whiff of car tyre...much more hops than malts
Taste - Loads of hops..grassy..some spicy hops..citrus grapefruit more prominent than aroma....resinous..dark caramel and roasted malts in the background
Palate - soft carb..medium....bitter hops......citrus tang. Finish of grapefruit and grassy hops...lots of bitterness but not too much...wee bit of coffee in the lingering tail
Overall - I prefer Black IPAs to be more ’stouty’ than this which is very much more towards the IPA part of the spectrum but the hops have great flavour in this beer. I still prefer Thornbridge Raven over this but it’s still a great beer
evergreen0199 (1627) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Cask pub and Kitchen, Pimlico, London. A black coloured pour with a very thin tan head on top. Hoppy, malty aroma. Tastes malty, hoppy, chocolate, distinct grapefruit taste in the background, slight bitterness. Rich and complex. Another quality brew from the excellent Magic Rock.
RichTheVillan (1615) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark black pour with thin off white head, big pine hop aroma, piney hops come through in the taste and some citrus quite oily mouthfeel very resinous only a whiff of roasted malts.
teorn88 (1603) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at CPK, London. It pours black as night with a small beige head. Aroma of hops and roasted malt. Grapefruit and wood. Taste is bitter with roasty woody notes and hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit and citrus zest.mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation. Overall, delicious. This is what a BIPA should be about.
esp0r (1600) - 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.
VastActiv (1559) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Kaisla, Helsinki. Colour is black with small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, hints of coffee and licorice in after taste, hops, some fruits and roasted malts. Great beer but tartness in taste.
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.
TheCametron (1511) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with beige head. Massively hoppy nose. Flavour is also, enormously hoppy. Like a tropical swamp. Passion fruit, grapefruit and pineapple. Resinous. Mild roasty dark malt flavour permeates the hops. Inevitably bitter finish. A tidy beer.
shoulderbroken (1501) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at the Southampton Arms. Dark brown colour with a thick creamy golden head. Aroma is lots of pine hops, bit of citrus, orange and grapefruit. Also quite malty, roasty and creamy, bit of chocolate and a whiff of smoke. Texture is very smooth and quite thick. Taste is very roasty, chocolate milk, bit of spice and something burnt. Finish alternates between lingering bitterness and more roasty chocolate maltiness. Really nice.