Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at NERAX. Pours a black brown with little head. Aroma is quite roasty with some pine. Flavour is similar, with light green hop flavour and a black coffee finish. Nice and full bodied. Not too punchy a black ipa, but a nice sort of in-between bordering on stout hybrid.
a_cross (600) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity at Parkstone beer festival; black, burnt edges; thin burnt head; ashy, smoked, roast malt; piny hoppiness; thick and chewy; quite bitter; hard going, took me ages to drink, but well worth the effort!
JohnRMurdoch (3248) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Valhalla’s Goat. Almost black, massive beige head. Spicy treacle malt aroma. Tarry chocolate malt flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Complex one this. Somewhere between a porter & Black IPA.
BeerandBlues2 (9597) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small, bubbly light beige head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is roast and dark chocolate malt, dates and prunes, earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is bitter dark malt, moderate hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
minutemat (1569) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Ludlow Spring Festival May 14. Decent black IPA with bitter resin and subtle roasted elements. A nice end to a good little beer festival.
BOBBDrinker (66) - - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first there is a strong burnt caramel aroma with subtle hints of smoked wood and roasted malts. The beer is quite acidic and this adds to the bitterness, initially there is a sharp sweet toffee flavour with a strong background of roasted malt this develops into a rather smooth but rich roast coffee after taste which lingers on the palate. Almost completely opaque with a strong and heavy cream to grey head has some life but is quite still which intensifies the flavours without having an over powering aroma.
Sigmund (5054) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle conditioned, thanks to my beerpal Olav. Gyle: Oxy015. ABV is 5.5%. Very dark brown colour, large beige head. Roasty aroma, notes of woodwork and burnt breadcrumbs, some undefined hops. Dry and slightly acidic flavour, notes of woodwork, bitter hops, ashes and burnt breadcrumbs again. Could have been better.
VastActiv (2782) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is almost black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, hops and roasted malts.
Scopey (6718) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Duchess of Cambridge. It pours darkest brown with a minimal beige head. The nose is roasted malt, wood, toffee, aniseed and orange zest. The taste is pretty bitter upfront, pine, resin, peppery, grapefruit, roasted malt, liquorice and toast with a bitter finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. A bit raw, but a solid cda anyhow.
imdownthepub (10141) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at Fleetwood Beer Fest ’14. Black with cream head. Darkly roasted, chocolate malts give a bitterness on the tongue initially, coffee and liquorice then a hoppy, fruity bitterness. Good stuff.