bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and grass. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, and licorice. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, citrus, caramel, and chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.
_angst_ (4351) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Oliver Twist on September 30. Pours hazy black with a small white head. Smell is fresh with grapefruit and some coffee. Taste is fresh with roasted malts and liquorice. It has a nice bitterness to it and is quite drinkable.
oh6gdx (24607) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled@Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, riped fruits, some mild ashes as well as mild roasted notes. Flavour is ashes, mild roasted notes as well as some mild hops as well. Balanced, but not very interesting.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Sean! Solid toasty Sinamar aroma. Man, all of these Black IPAs must have incredibly similar malt profiles, it’s really hard for any of them to be distinct. I think they’re all separated by cleanliness and subtle differences in texture. Blah, blah, blah, limey hops, dark malt, clean yeast. This is good and very drinkable. I enjoyed it a lot with my meal. If there were no other Black IPAs around and I was really craving the style, I would grab it, but I don’t think I’d go out of my way to find.
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, 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 (17128) - Göteborg, 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 (22307) - Malmö, 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 (22896) - Tyresö, 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. It’s 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 Hatter’s image should not be used on beer this tame.
obguthr (5421) - 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. I’m surprised this isn’t rated higher. It’s not as spectacular as some IDAs, but it’s a solid offering.