rosenbergh (4670) - 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.
Beesbeer (349) - WALES - MAR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great name so I had to try this beer! Tastes like an IPA that is more American than British. The tiniest hint of coffee grinds, but most of all the flavour for me was citrus resin and fir tree with a sort of herbal, lime zest then bitter finish. Very interesting and very enjoyable.
JK54B (1535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Real Ale tasted at GB RAF 2012. Mild malty and roasty nose. Low pale head. Clear dark black reddish color. Roasty and malty taste with some hints of blue cheese and vanilla. Average hops.
DanielBrown (3173) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Dark, with a lovely big foam crest. Smells like sea spray, which is a plus. Taste is flinty, slatey, gravelly. Firm bitterness, verging on harsh. Expected a bit more here. Hops are present, but don’t intrude. Like a UK Porter from 2005.
JKaranka (28) - Cardiff, WALES - FEB 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In minikeg at an opening at Third Floor Gallery last night.
Lovely roast and fresh hop aroma. The flavour is more stout like than other black IPAs, with roast and chocolate going hand in hand with fruity and floral hops. It just looks and feels like a nice pint. It is very drinkable, making it easy to get a few pints (maybe a bit dangerous, actually!). It is incredibly rounded for what it is, not as unbalanced as some IPAs or export stouts out there.
Essex (46) - Cardiff, WALES - JAN 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from cask into a pint glass at a pub in Cardiff.
Pours a deep black colour with a smooth head, looks very much like a Guinness with the same colour and creamy looking texture.
Smells pretty malty and rich. Burnt odours too.
Tastes pretty good, quite sweet in a dark, intense caramel way, and roasty too on the finish.
Overall pretty good, quite heavy though so it fills you up. Went quite well with my £3 stew and dumplings.
TheJestersBeer (1667) - SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown/black, with a beige head.
Malty, roasted aroma, hops, spruce, ashes.
Dry, medium bodied, medium to high bitterness, low CO2.
Roasted, hoppy taste, ashes, grapefruit, spruce, coffee, licorice, caramel.
Rather enjoyable. (2012-11-22)
RichTheVillan (849) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of Cotteridge Wines; beer styles confuse me had a BIPA earlier that tasted like an IPA that happened to be black, this one is called a BIPA but tastes like a stout and a quality stout at that. Dark roast chocolate malt flavour with only the slightest pine hop.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity dispense at the Prince of Wales, Farnborough BF - 12/10/12.
Mid black in colour with a thin tan head.
Pine, hops, licqourice and a hint of chocolate on the nose.
Taste comprises hops, pine, milk chocolate and a little soapy.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation lending towards a bitter finish.
FatPhil (7511) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravicask (PBBF2012, Wed)
7+ A beautifully rich roast, but some lovely citrussy hops jump right up your nose too - great!
4 Black, small head.
8 A perfect balance between chocolatey malt, and exciting fresh aromatic hops. Puts a smile on your face.
4 However, there’s no lack of bitterness either. A lovely zest bite and tingle. I have to repeat the balance, the finsh is just a joy to have in your mouth. It matters not about the 5.5%, this is so wondrously quaffable.
16 THIS IS A GREAT BEER!
leaparsons (7077) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, Peterborough Fest 2012. Black with a thin foam. Aromas are soy and liquorice with dark chocolate and blackcurrant. Smoky with floral, woody pine and background weetabix. Flavours are sweet, gritty cocoa with woody, herbal pine and bitter grapefruit. Peppery and dry to finish. Very tasty.