Dazz3 (1575) - Hšllefors, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours black with a small light brown head. Smells smoky, hoppy and abit barry. Tastes hoppy and smoky with a bitter finish.
rlgk (12834) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Black beer, beige head. Hoppy aroma, metal, but also chocolate notes. Hoppy bitter flavor, fruity, metal and some hay. Hoppy metal finish.
anders37 (18915) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a weak roasted malty hoppy aroma with weak hints of licorice. Weak roasted malty hoppy bitter weak piney flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter finish.
omhper (20683) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm (4.8
%). Dark brown, miniscule head. Aroma of black currant and coffee. Dry and light bodied with clean, hard mouthfeel. Roasty licorice, lots of black currant hops. The hardness makes it almost thin. Long resiny bitterness. Nice combination of roasty and hoppy flavours, but quite harsh and edgy.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent Black IPA, but lacking any defining characteristic other than its lack of a defining characteristic. Itís like they missed being good by just a hair in all aspects; the hops are apparent in the flavor and nose, but not quite enough to keep you interested. The dark beer notes provide a foundation, but not one solid enough to support any big chocolate or coffee or charred tastes. The Mad Hatterís image should not be used on beer this tame.
obguthr (4427) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grapefruit and lime aroma, really no roasted notes at all. If you sampled this with a blindfold, the aroma would have you believing it is an ordinary IPA. Clear garnet brown, thin tan head, good lacing. Charred oak and pine, quite a bit of char. Iím surprised this isnít rated higher. Itís not as spectacular as some IDAs, but itís a solid offering.
HopBurp (74) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice head that lasts throughout. Not enough hop kick and a bit watered down in that area IMO. Nice roasty malt backbone but itís just lacking something. Itís like itís 70% there to being complete. not terrible though
Indra (2693) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. 2011 bottle. Aroma of sweet, dark malts, roasty and nutty with hints of caramel, doughy black bread and piney, earthy hop. Nearly black in color with shades of deep, dark brown when held to the light, with a lasting, frothy, ivory head and plentiful lacing. Flavor is fairly dry, roasty and malty to start, becoming fruitier and hoppier, with a moderately bitter, piney, toffeeish, earthy finish. Lingering effects of dark, bready malt, mild fruit and hop spice. Quite active on the palate, with a surprisingly light feel, barely medium-bodied. I might have hoped for a bit more heft and overall amplitude here, but I get that itís more of your sessionable, everyday Black IPA.
AWISLguy (1656) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Woodmans in the Falls. Pours cola colored with an off brown head. Many below surface bubbles. Leaves great lacing. Aroma is grassy hops, pine, olives, sweet caramel, raisins. A citrusy hint. Taste is sweet caramel, some grassiness, sweet and sour fruits. Flavors are a bit jumbled. Finishes quite dry without a lot of carry over.
jgb9348 (5010) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, fast-dying tan head, looks a bit like guinness. Aroma of fresh hops, roasted malt, peat and a bit of peanuts - nice. Medium-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with a lot of fresh cascade hops and a little peat near the end. Aftertaste shows a bit of peanuts, some earth, some caramel and a little floral hoppiness at the end. Overall, a nice black ipa that shows good character and a nice complexity. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 04-July-2011 (Vintage 2011) for US$4.99 sampled at home in Washington on 01-September-2011.