graham_murphy (451) - - AUG 21, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ll try this one again (easily done with an M&S down the road). Coming from American black IPAs with punchy citrusy hops I’ve been disappointed before by half-assed English interpretations when it seems obvious that they need another dose of hops. But to be fair there is a lot of subtlety here. I like the burnt chocolate and coffee with broad floral notes. Will give it another go.
Alengrin (3396) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a shop at St. Pancras station in London, apparently belonging to a brand produced for Marks & Spencer by Meantime. Thick and frothy, prettily cobweb lacing, tan coloured head lasting forever, over a very dark mahogany brown beer with yellowish hue, but practically black as long as you do not hold it under a very bright light. Attractive aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, white pepper, dried flowers, cocoa, some dried banana, wood ashes, burning pipe tobacco, dried grass, sweet gingerbread, vanilla, dried seaweed, caramel, hint of iron but not in a bothersome way, toasted brown bread, dried leaves and just a hint of dry grapefruit peel, but certainly not as citrussy or piney as most American BIPAs. Onset of sourish brambleberries, dried figs and a lot of nutty malts already, increasing in strength as the palate develops, becoming very toasted and even slightly roasted in the end, like black coffee grounds and black chocolate; mouthfeel is soft and creamy, slick, with soft carbo, perhaps a tad metallic here and there. Finishes in a firm, leafy and floral, peppery hop bitterness with certain dried citrus peel characteristics but restrainedly so, with a retronasal aroma much more reminiscent of European noble hops than American citrus hops, not a bad thing as such, of course; this resiny bitterness lasts for a long time and finds good balance with the roasted malt bitterness. Very European interpretation of a very American beer style. I love black IPAs and I am a happy man seeing them pop up in western Europe more and more often, clearly this style is gradually acquiring more popularity here. This one is more than decent, I would use it as a stepping stone towards the more fragrant, citrussy examples from the New World to any European beer lover interested in the style, but it is a good BIPA in its own right as well.
culchiem (3050) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brownish black with a medium head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor of malt, burnt tea, bitter fruit finish.
yespr (36043) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a huge off white head. Aroma is roasted and dark malty. Bitter and roasted dark malty finish. Roasted dark malty and slight metaloic. Roasted finish.
RichTheVillan (4676) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from M&S Beggars Bush; dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has plain chocolate, some roast and a hint on piney hop, taste has smooth chocolate, a hint of caramel, bitter coffee, all with a decent pine hop undercurrent, recent XDA.
Gethinbeer (2367) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a frothy tan head and clinging lace. Roasted malt, toffee aroma. Roasted chocolate malt, caramel flavour. Rather tasty. Hop bitter finish. Velvet smooth texture with a nice tangy finish.
BlackHaddock (4972) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from my local M&S store: poured into a tall UK pint sleeve on 10th July 2015. Really dark, black in fact, the head a full tanned affair. Over roasted malts in the nose and taste, smokiness feel to the malts in the aftertaste along with a hop bitterness which sits with the bitterness from the burnt malty flavours. Interesting and I quite liked it, the alcohol being well hidden by the strong flavours within the brew.
downender (7040) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in colour, with a big, but short-lived, tan head. Grainy aroma, with some chocolate, toasty malts and touch of leafy hop. Flavour had more roasted malts, no sweetness, some decent bitterness and more hops in the finish. Enjoyable.
EssexSteve (2) - - JUN 15, 2015 does not count
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
initially faintly hoppy but basically a stout with a dark roast coffee malt finish quite quaff able tbh.although the Black IPA claim is highly mis leading its a bloody stout ffs!!
weordie (367) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 Pours black with a full foamy tan head. Some earthy notes on the nose. Taste is earthy, coffee, ash with wood. Interesting but not the best black ipa I?ve had.