rosenbergh (8252) - Tampere, - 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.
nihtila (1466) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Ashton McCobb. Pours almost black with beige head. Nose is chocolate, dark malts, . Taste is grassy hops, chocolate, some coffee.
allmyvinyl (5688) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the School’s Out Tasting. Pours black with a beige head. Aromas of meaty charcoal, chocolate. Taste is cheesy resinous hops, wood notes, bitter roasted malty finish.
AshtonMcCobb (3639) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Saucy Pears.
Appearance - opaque with a lovely lacy fawn head.
Nose - chocolate and marmalade.
Taste - hard yellow cheese, then chocolate, then quite bitter orange and dark malt.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish.
Overall - it did the black bit, but it didn’t quite do the IPA bit for me.
leebotton (290) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Creamy light chocolate aroma with roasty notes. Black with a nice cappucino head. Mouthfeel is silky, thick and soft with a creaminess and the flavour is milk chocolate, roast chocolate, subtle hints of freshly ground coffee and very light hoppy notes introducing a peppery spice flavour. Really, really good. The only criticism I have is that there is the slightest metallicity to the aroma and flavour, reminiscent of some what I call; ’Supermarket beers’. I don’t think that these are bottle conditioned, which would be better and would probably allow the flavours to shine to the maximum extent. Here they seem ever so slightly sedated by something.
Mjp12 (669) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On a blind tasting, I would have this a a stout or porter. Nice mildly smoke malt on the taste, with a bitter finish.
oldgeezer (72) - brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cak at the Sussex Arms.Black with a thin head.Smokey ,malty and hoppy.Complex but very good beer.
witthatsbier (369) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Drygate brewery
pours a dark brown with a thin white head
aroma is mild malt with a bit of coffee
taste is dryish with a bit of malt and a dryish finish
very average to poor beer
personally I dont,t think black IPA,S WORK and this is the poorest one iv’e tasted
SlackerMads (2007) - DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle oxy019, best before 2015-05-05. Pours dark brown with a medium sized good lacing creamy tan head. Wood, cocoa, citrus, minerals, earthy, some very light burnt/charcoal notes. I wonder if there’s some brett in here or if the light barnyard/leather is just in my head. Either way it works pretty well. Medium body, soft texture and carbonation, some initial sweetness that is quickly washed away by a pleasant level of bitterness. Has some light acidity as well. Long dry finish with both malt and hops. Pretty interesting and also pleasant. Big bodied for the abv.
a_cross (639) - 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 (3672) - 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.