Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My favorite black IPA, no contest. Midtfyn is one of my absolute favorite breweries, and some of their beers, including this, in my top 20. This beer gives you such hoppy pleasures it just has to be experienced. I love the use of norse mythology. Gleipner was the rope or chain that held the wolf Fenris. The god of war, Tyr, lost his arm putting the chain around the still young Fenris neck. The chain was made from impossible things. I think the brewer must have had access to some of those impossible things, but is it the roots of mountains or the loud sound of kittens that helped this beer become and instant classic? Or was it a more mundane use of the right hops? You decide.
krage (1) - NORWAY - OCT 4, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have always liked an good IPA, this one I did taste to day, and it is a beer that is almoust perfect. Just make sure to don’t drink it on a low temprature :-)
Foffern (1214) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample at Beer Enthusiast release tasting, Bergen. Has a black colour, with its beige head it could’ve been a dark roasted coffee I had in my glass. The aroma is fantastic with a touch of some chocolate roast, chocolate truffles, coffee, dried fruit, and some cola. Much Chocolate is in the taste, and feels not unlike coffee mocha. More dried fruit that sends me in the direction of port wine. A truly good and great beer, and feels beautifully smooth in the mouth. Incredibly easy-drinking in relation to the ABV.
BeerBaboon (1558) - FINLAND - OCT 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is explosive, exotic, fruity and a tad roasted-. Flavour is bitter, fruity, and roasted.
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!
Sigmund (5110) - 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.
Cunningham (4492) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black colour with a beige head. Nice fruity and hoppy aroma blended with some roasted malt. Lovely Black IPA. Rich hoppy and fruity aroma well blended with coffee and roasted malt. Ragnarock here we come. It will be a nice summer this year!
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Halden, Norway]
gusmer (10) - Vanløse, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hides high IBU behind liquorice and a touch of pine?. Soft though and close to feeling like a stout. Thumbs-up to handbrewer Claus
tfredvik (1119) - 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]
Ozzak (43) - BERGEN, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50 cl bottle.
Black with some red hints when held towards the light. Big, off white head that lasts, leaving lacings on the glass.
Nice aroma, first and foremost from the hops; resiny with some herbs and/or spices. The malt is giving some roasty notes of coffee and dark chocolate.
Nice, bitter taste, eventually giving way to the sweetness and the roastiness of the malt.
The bitterness dominates the aftertaste, but the sweetness is putting on a fight, ensuring the finish to last for quite a bit. Nice.