rosenbergh (5550) - Helsinki, - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Gallows Bird XV Real Ale Festival, Espoo, Finland.
Black colour with tiny light tan head.
Roasted malt, grassy and fruity hops, bitterness and liquorice in dry aroma. Dry hoppy bitterness, liquorice and roasted malt in flavour. Tasty. Nice bitter aftertaste.
Pizd (355) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask): Black in colour, off white head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, burnt notes, charcoal, slight citrus fruit. Flavour is initially chocolate, roasted malt and coffee but then an explosion of bitter, citrus hops hits you with notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. Burnt, chocolate and charcoal finish. So drinkable.
Gary (1207) - Rochester, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled) Gigantic beige head , i love getting beige head. I dig Black IPA -strange to think only acknowledged as a style on the database last year ....they probably are nothing more than hoppy stouts or whatever the concept !!! Chocolate roast covered over grapefruit aroma . Drinks pretty good , dry roast, rich chocolate - grapefruit hop punch. That roasty malt dryness and hop dryness is good mix on the palate. A quality , well executed beer.
JoeMcPhee (8054) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks gethinbeer. Deep brown pour with a thin white head. The aroma is slightly salty with notes of soft roast and some earthy peppery character as well. A little bit of light date and some anise as well. Some earthy herbal hoppiness as well as a soft toasted malt base. Sort of rich and hoppy. Lovely really.
Gethinbeer (2025) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep ruby, almost black pour with a great frothy head. Lovely fruit malt aroma with hints of chocolate and roasted malt flavour. Wood, earthy notes. Very nice beer. Bet its gorgeous on tap.
danlo (677) - Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Black brown-tinged colour, frothy beige foam head leaving some lacing and aroma of roasted malt, coffee, hop. Taste is roasted biscuity malt with coffee, chocolate, earthy notes and a floral citrus grapefruit hop bitterness. Tangy mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry bitter finish. Quite drinkable black IPA.
zacgillbanks (1476) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This black beer pours with a large foamy creamy head. It has very bitter chocolate and sour red fruity flavours, tart citrus notes followed by roasted coffee on the finish.
Garrold (336) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Sheffield Tap. I had this in bottle form a couple of weeks ago and that was considerably hoppier and more like an IPA than this. This tasted like a (very pleasant) roasty, nutty stout.
mR_fr0g (1386) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from Whole foods piccidilly. Nicely presented bottle with Foil cap, Dark caramel with ruby red notes dense long lasting cream foam. Aroms is a heady mix of sharp roast and sharp citrus hope. Some choc and earth is present as well. Flavour is driven initially by choc malt and sharp bitter roast. Then the hops come in with strong aggressive grapefruit bitterness. Finish is berry tartness and a dry chalkyness. Medium / light body medium carbonation and nice bubbles on the tongue. Decent black IPA. Bitterness is a little too agressive for me.
spacecube (519) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle, pours black with a white foamy head, carbonation low to medium. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt, zesty citrus, sugar, 80s chocolate liqueurs. tangy e number sweets.
Brigadier (2600) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moving down the street to Fire Island my next pint was a much better black IPA. It might not stack up against the best of the American releases but it was not something I expected to discover in Wales.
Aroma / Appearance - The black base with dusty offwhite head could just as well be a stout or porter. The smell of dusty hops, black licorice, and nutty malts betray the attempt to brew a dark IPA.
Flavor / Palate - Semi-sweet dry chocolate transitions to a resiny break. Afterwards the hops take over as they coat the throat in a bitter lining. It is not a total hop bomb compared to other black IPAs. Even so I could drink a few pints without any major complaints.