tommann (2666) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Pours black with a medium head. Aroma is piney, grassy hops with some cocoa powder underneath. Taste has dusty cocoa to start. Strong, piney bitter finish.
Nocturne (764) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (8091) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served from keg tap into a tulip at the Cask, Pimlico, (Feb ’12).
Medium black in colour, slighly brownish when held to the light, with a thin off-white head which soon thins to a small pond like surface covering.
To the nose I was getting hops, liquorice and a smokey-woody aroma.
Flavour wise, bitter hops, smoked malts, burnt tasting daark roasted sugar, pine and a backdrop of tropical fruit.
Mouthfeel was perhaps the downfall to this beer in my opinion, too much carbonation spoilt it for me and have nver noticed this to such an extent in previous Magic Rock offerings.
Finishes with a bitter-sharp aftertaste.
Meilby (7384) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Kick Malt & Mat, Kristiansand
Pours dark brown/black with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, citrus, grape and chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.
minutemat (1501) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg @ Port Street Beer House, Manchester. Pours black with intense roasted malts, tongue-numbing liquorice and a little too much vegetal notes for me. Couldn’t get much of the tropical fruits unfortunately but still this is an evil tasting beer with lots going on, like a stormy black cloud.
gnoff (7750) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Oliver Twist on November 13, 2012.
Black color, brown head. Hoppy, citrus, mineral taste. Bitter and resin aftertaste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Citrus, hoppy scent.
harrisoni (13565) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Euston Tap. Black as hell. Thin beige head. Keg beer served too cold. Some roast on aroma. Some decent black currant fruit. An odd black ipa. Not sure what to make of it. Some liquorice lots of fruit. Some hops. Some bitterness. Not sure whole thing works. Bit bizarre
TheJestersBeer (2039) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown, beige head.
Hoppy, heavily roasted aroma, tar, diesel, petrol, spruce, malt, coffee beans, citrus fruits.
Dry, medium body, high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Spicy, heavily roasted taste, hops, spruce, tar, asphalt, oil, phenols, grapefruit peel, smoke.
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.
foxo82 (683) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, 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.