tfredvik (947) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Black IPA, and my expectations are sky high! It starts out really good, with an absolutely magnificent looking pour: very dark brown body with copper tones, topped by a creamy, light-brown head that laces the glass excellently. The aroma isn’t as strong as I’d hoped for, but it’s still very inviting. It’s roasted with coffee and fruits. I find it much harder to recognise the different fruits in this one compared to an IPA, they are pretty well masked by the roasted notes. The citrus are in the front, and I think there are more tropical fruits lurking behind the coffee. The taste is moderate sweet with a marvellous heavy bitter finish. This is probably the most pleasant bitter taste of this strength that I’ve ever tasted: it’s a very, very bitter massive hop attack, but it’s still absolutely clean, pleasant and far from harsh. The flavours are stronger than the aroma, but again it’s difficult to specify which fruits are present other than citrus and the somewhat vague "tropical fruits". In either case the roasted coffee and fruit is a very nice combination! Perfect mouthfeel: close to full body, oily texture, very soft carbonation and stunningly well hidden alcohol. A fantastic beer that would have been on the very top of my list if the aroma and flavours were a bit stronger. I can’t wait to taste my next Black IPA!
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Ullevål Stadion, Oslo]
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske 0,5l fra Vinmonopolet, Tromsø Langnes. Drukket hjemme 18 Mai 12. Dyp amber. Høyt lysebrunt luftig skum. Står som betong. Herlig aroma av ymse frukt & nøtter. Litt søt. Smaken er søt frukt & litt mandler med innslag av lakris. Syrlig bitter ettersmak. Fin balanse. Alkoholen godt integrert.
madmitch76 (13417) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
9th May 2012
Bottle from Barley Wine, Copenhagen. Semi clear dark brown beer. Big pale tan head. Palate is light, a little soft and a little dry. Sweet toffee caramel malt. Mild piney hops. Semi dry finish. Nice beer - could just do with a little more aggression in the hops.
visionthing (2402) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours black with a beige head. Hoppy aroma with roasted malt, chocolate, hops and a hint of coffee. Sweet and fruity with a nice chocholaty and citrussy flavour. Pleasantly bitter finish with warming alcohol. Very pleasant BIPA!
esp0r (1752) - NORWAY - MAY 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from the local Vinmonopolet
Pours dark brown, black in glass, very big tanned head. Smells of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts and some hops. Heavy malty taste, medium sweet, fruity and toasty, roasted malts. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation and a quite oily feel. Nice bitter finish, nice resins and some citrus zests.
After some disappointments Midtfyns finally deliver a well crafted nice drinkable beer again. Cheers.
Palme (3015) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from 0.5l bottle @ Beer Enthusiast release party. This one pours a dark deep cola-colored body with a medium sized bubbly chocolate head. I get tons of butter and wet cardboard in the aroma - unfortunately. Also some coffee and perhaps some chocolate as well, but a bit to far out on the sweet path this. Flavors: At first I get some mild sour flavors, it has a nice and almost creamy texture with a soft carbonation level. Better in the flavor. Much better! Roasted with a cool cold coffee touch here. I also get lot’s of warming alcohol. Nice and tasty flavors, but the buttery caramel aroma did not make my day. 23.04.2012
Sigmund (4825) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.1%, 186 IBU, 71 EBC.
Very dark brown colour, nearly black. Large and lasting beige head. Delightful aroma of American hops, notes of citrus (incl. orange marmalade) and tropical fruits, also pine, hints of coffee. The flavour is medium sweet with notes of chocolate and mild coffee, but first and foremost well hopped, with citrussy and resinous hops throughout. The bitterness is, however, not as extreme as I feared , but solid enough. Another fine beer from Midtfyns and home brewer Claus Christensen.
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Wow! Was really looking forward to taste this one when I heard that Vinmonopolet was about to start selling it. This beer really met my hopes and expectations. Pours a verry dark brown colour, with a white to brown head that last very lng. Aroma of coffee, roast, sweet raisins and leather. Full bodied with a fantastic mouthfeel. The aftertaste is very bitter, with a mixture of citrus, licorice and mild coffee. One of the best beers I’ve tasted, if not the best. Would recommend everyone to taste this. Accually everyone should taste this!
str023 (123) - Stokmarknes, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought at Vinmonopolet Tromsø Sentrum. Dark brown body with an off white, almost beige, creamy head. Nice roasty and grassy aroma mixed with sweet malts. Coffee and dark chocolate in the finish with earthy tones. Quite good!
LarsEngen (346) - Sandvika, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,5 Bottle @ home. Pours dark mahogney brown with a large creamy brown head. Roasted and citrus notes on the nose. Dry fruit and roasted taste and medium body. Nice.