DuffMan (6172) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, - JUN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Highly carbonated near-black pour resulting in a lively bubbly brown head that messes the sides of the glass nicely. This beer offers a surprising intensity for 4.5%. Lots of dark roast character, very malty with an equally potent piney hop blast, coniferous and grassy. Moor has done a fantastic job with this one-- a low-ABV black IPA that drinks much bigger than expected. A session brew that does not force one to compromise.
weaselkenievil (1207) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In The Macc, Macclesfield. Very dark brown with a medium off white to tan head. Aroma has hops, grassy piney stuff, roasted malts. Flavour has quite a bitter finish. Decent is my thorough appraisal.
beholder (47) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: black, clear with a medium sized and rather quickly dropping light tan head that leaves great lacing on the glass.
Aroma: very hoppy, resinous, citrus, with a little bit of roastiness. Notes of caramel and coffee are in the back, very subtle.
Taste: tastes almost like a regular IPA at first. It’s pretty hoppy, citrusy, there’s pine, resin, some sweet notes and then comes the roastiness. So this is basically how a beer in this style shoud taste. In many Black IPAs the roastiness is too big, here it’s on almost perfect level. Medium to high, long lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium to soft carbonation.
Overall: I really enjoyed this one. It’s a light, highly drinkable beer with great hoppy aroma, nice, almost pure IPA-ish taste with just a hint of roastiness. This one is one of the best beers in this style that I’ve ever had. Highly recommended!
Ragnampiza (229) - ITALY - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
660 ml bottle from Ales By Mail, served in a pint glass. Almost black in colour, just some dark brown tinges in the glass base, with a nice, creamy and persistent light beige head. Great lacing. In a dark room, I would probably say that this was a typical IPA. Just a tiny tiny hint of roasted malts, perhaps some smoke/ash notes as well, but the nose is dominated by herbal hops, tropical fruits in abundance, citrus, resin and pine needles. Completely different in the mouth, where a resiny, bitter and slightly astringency part is perfectly complemented by a chocolaty, toasted and dark coffee part. Burnt caramel and almost vanilla-like aftertaste. Average carbonation, light body and creamy texture. One of the best, and true (imho) to style BIPA, almost as good as Magic Rock 8 Ball which is still my favourite. A cracking beer anyway!
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black with foamy off-white head. Fruity aroma with a hint of smoke. The bitter grapefruit hops are nice balanced with blackberry, wheat, liquorice and some malty chocolate. Sweetness at the front, with a long bitter finish. It does lack body, but I’m not complaining, as at under 5% I could drink this all day.
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Pours an opaque ruby-flashed black, with a medium beige head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Pine, grapefruit and white pepper hops mix with roasty malt and a touch of cocoa to create the aroma. Strong pine and white pepper hops up front give way to roasty malt and black coffee in the mid-palate. Grapefruit hops and a little cocoa appear in the finish. This is a nice black IPA, with a satisfying balance of hops and dark malt.
culchiem (2309) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clean black with a thin tan head. Aroma is grapefruit and chocolate. Flavor is sour bitter roast malt and fruit. Silky texture on a long dry roast finish.
agent_persik (301) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown almost black murky color, medium beige head. Aroma of malt, pine, tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is similar with additional notes of roast and coffee, dry bitter with hoppy finish and aftertaste. Medium body and soft carbonation. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.
markas101 (1788) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via Oak and Vine. Deep black-brown, thick head. Bright hop aroma, some blackberry and soy sauce. Smooth, quite deep flavour, long bittersweet finish.
Lambister (183) - FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
660 ml bottle in courtesy of K0mpsa. Pours deep dark brown with minimal off white head. Aroma is toasty and malty with some wheaty notes. Flavor is sweet, toasted malty and syrapy. All in all brilliant brew.
k0mpsa (948) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from drink shop, tallinn. Black color, light brown head. Aroma is fruity, malty, roasty. Roasty and fruity hoppy aroma, fantastic pure taste.