Bulk_Carrier (2779) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance has a nice looking black colored body with a decent looking lightened brown to super light black colored head that dies within about thirty seconds.
The smell has a large coffee maltiness invading the bitter hops that desperately try to come through - for the most part - it seems to me that the bitterness tries to come through in the coffee part.
The taste is bitter and sweet at separate times and good for the most part. The aftertaste is sticky and tries to be sweet with some sort of element of sweetness to come across what really wants to be a dry finish. However, is this a dry finish? I will say, its a lingering dry finish for the most part.
The palate is about a light to medium in body, and comes across somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is good for the style and for me as its not exactly defined for the style (hahaha), anyways, well, I like it for how it feels inside my mouth and tongue.
Overall, for an American Black Ale, hell yeah, good job Oakshire. In my opinion, I think you did what you were supposed to do.
douglas88 (7328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a dark reddish color with a large off-white head. A sweet nutty nose, some toffee and citrus. Rich, initially more chocolate and toffee flavors, some toasted malt, light metal, floral and sweet hops, oranges, tangerine, some tangy bitterness. A full bodied rich CDA. Very good.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This very enjoyable Black IPA is the setting for generous roasted malts and resinous hops which benefit from a few earthy angles.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A frothy head of foam settles atop the dark brown.
-Toasted wood flavors appear in the back.
-Green hop bitterness makes sure you want to come back for more.
-Drinkability is still high despite the wealth of the flavor profile.
-Raisiny edges are also found within the comfortable mouthfeel.
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur d’agrume et de céréale grillée. Apparence: La couleur est noire avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréale grillée avec une pointe d’orange et de pin. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de céréale grillée en arrière goût. (Rating #5465)
madmitch76 (18660) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9th December 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque dark brown beer with a good pale cream coloured head. Palate is soft and airy and a little dry. Soft dark malts, trace of coffee. Light piney hops, little spice. Light finish. Decent.
Scopey (9362) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours darkest brown with a thick off-white head. The nose is dank, quite a lot of soap, fairy liquid, lemon, orange, roasted malt, toast and earth. The taste is roasted malt, toast, varnish, plenty of soap, orange peel, spice and dirt with a dry finish. Medium body and fine, foamy carbonation. Soapy aspect dominates unfortunately.
maneliquor (3474) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle cheers to Leighton. Pours very dark brown with a small, creamy beige head. Nose is a nice balance between ashy/burnt notes and bright citric fruits, a touch spice driven. Taste is very dark and bitter cocoa, heavy ash and burnt undertones with some raw spice and bright mandarin. A hint of smoke towards the finish. Very, very bitter and burnt. Touch too unbalanced. Not bad
Theydon_Bois (12864) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks once again to CDA purveyor Leighton and as a bonus a top up to my OR rates, 09/12/13.
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a moderate light tan covering.
Nose is earthy cocoa, toffee, light pine, touch of hops, faint tropical fruit waftings.
Taste comprises dark malt, light roast, cocoa powder, hint of soap, pine notes.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry grassy hop bitterness and light roast in the closure.
Ok CDA, nothing I’d dash back to tho’ !
Leighton (14326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - this one I got at that little general store not too far from Hill Farmstead. Pours black-brown with a tight, creamy beige head. The nose holds cakey dark bread, so,e juicy pine, nips of orange. Light to medium sweet flavor with dry, toasty dark bread, pine, rindy citrus, earth, cocoa. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish with lots of chalky baking cocoa, supple roast, burnt toast, dry burnt pine. Not bad.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with a solid fine quilt of light tan foam. Smells of resin, pine, molasses, coffee and some cocoa. Maybe a touch of soil as well. Taste is burnt malts, bitter hops, some resin, some cat piss, a dab of weed and some hay. Medium bodied with lighter carb than anticipated, with a dry finish (pretty par for the style). This is nothing special - seems in line with the style in the PNW for the black ones.