somersetelvis (11) - Weston super Mare, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A perfect black IPA. Lovely hoppy aroma with a nice mild coffee roasted malt twist. I love this beer!
xescu (16) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
realmente sorprendente, una ipa con un toque tostado que hace del todo el conjunto una muy buena cerveza
beholder (44) - 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. Itís pretty hoppy, citrusy, thereís 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 itís on almost perfect level. Medium to high, long lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium to soft carbonation.
Overall: I really enjoyed this one. Itís 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 Iíve ever had. Highly recommended!
JohnRMurdoch (2962) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
660ml bottle from Great Grog. Almost black colour, big beige head. Woody tar hop aroma. Pine biscuit hop flavour. Big hoppy aftertaste. This a a great one.
Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome aroma, hops, coffee roasted malts and chocolate all mingle into one to produce a nice sweet aroma. Bitter sweet and smooth. Finnish has a nutty component just slightly.†Very sessionable.
Barcelonian (18) - Barcelona, - DEC 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
660ml bottle bought at Ale&Hop, Barcelona. Aroma: coffee, fresh malts. Appearance: dark brown, soft bronze tones. Creamy foam, quite a contrast between liquid and foam. Seems like a cappuccino. Taste: coffe, dark chocolate. Palate: not much alcoholic persistance, hoppy ending. Overall: this is great stuff.
turtlebirra (18) - SPAIN - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Ale&Hop in Barcelona.
It pours brown and gets black in the glass.
Floral and fruity aromas coming out form the creamy beige foam, which persists in the glass. Roasty and coffee palate and a bitter ending that persists in the aftertaste.
zacgillbanks (1860) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Trembling Madness in York. Inky black with chocolate and slight roasted flavours followed by orange marmalade, bitter grapefruit and more roasted notes on the finish.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Cask at CP&K thanks to Ian.
Deep mahogany with a thin off white head. Stunning big bitter hops and chewy black malt. Grass and chocolate and lots of it. Soooo much bitterness but itís still perfectly balanced. Iím really struggling to describe this very well. How about this? This is the best example of a black IPA brewed in England that I have had. Perfectly true to style. Absolutely excellent.
ladnewton (1325) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
LIVE RATING: Cask at the Southampton Arms, London on 29th November 2010. Handsomely black with rich pale-brown head of foam giving some lacing. Very fruity aroma with berry bouquet and a floral hop accompaniment. The in-mouth experience is exquisite. Grassy hoppiness, berry fruits and a good grounding of roasted malts. These all working side by side without clashing, an amazing feat by the brewer. The next thrill is the rich, bitter finish giving pleanty of whole-mouth flavour and lasting a satisfying time. The brewer says this beer is only available for limited periods, GO for it when you see it!