boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber: this one pours a dark chocolate brown color. There was about a finger of a tan head on it that didn’t linger long. It has a surprisingly lighter nose. Malts, but not much sweetness at all. Perhaps a bit of chocolate roast and pine. It tastes OK, but I’m not sure why they call it a black IPA. Almost no bitterness to it. There is a good malt body, with some chocolate and roasted notes trying to peak thru but no real sweetness either. It needs a whole lot more hops to be in an IPA category. Let’s just call it a very good strong porter.
johnnnniee (2292) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes sampled 4/16/2011
Pours a pretty solid black color with a creamy frothy khaki head that just wont quit. Spicy resinous pine mixed with hints of roast and a slight mineral/earthiness. This on fills my taste buds with and enormous resinous hop bite. Hints of roasty coffee break through and mix with the resinous hops, like drinking coffee out of the bong pipe. Bone dry finish with long lingering hoppy roasty aftertaste. Medium level of carbonation, medium body, slick resinous mouthfeel. I enjoyed this. This is another solid brew from a brewery that seems to be finding ways to get out from under the radar.
TheStillMan (2) - Wellington, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 10, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours well with ruby black hues and generous head. Aroma sweetish toffee, palate dark treacle, hops not bold enough to qualify for IPA status, so maybe not well named. Drinks nicely. Maybe too much time spent making it black rather than a Black IPA
Alanthebeerguy (147) - - APR 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
#21 - pours dark brown, thick tan head, good lacing. Smells of citrus, dates, chocolate, coffee. Taste is more on the malt side, the hop coming through as a bitter effect. A little sweet. Chocolate and sour coffee. More like a porter, but slight bitter finish. Just OK.
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AndySnow (3103) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Where: Basque, Göteborg.
Appearance: Dark brow, almost black, colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, citrus.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, fruit, citrus.
rlgk (10275) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Basque, Göteborg. Very deep amber beer with a nice lasting beige head. Chocolate aroma, roasted, caramel, hoppy, grassy, hay notes, some citrus, some cocoa powder. Hoppy toasted flavor, fruity, citrus, grapes, metallic notes. Hoppy roasted finish with cocoa powder, citrus and some grapes.
Nisse666 (4165) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Basque cons 2014-03-21 Göteborg
AR: citrus perfume,
AP: pitch black, high frothy lively sand brown head
F: fizz, wee roasted malt, fairly bitter, tropical fruity hoppiness
omhper (19318) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled at Basque, Gothenburg. Near black, huge lively head. Licorice aroma. Mid sweet, spritzy mouthfeel. Ash and chocolate. Coffee and medicin. Aggressive. Salty, resiny finish.
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thin, off white creamy head and an opaque black body. Nose of sour malt with a bitter hop front. Strangely over-carbonated and fruity. Deep roastineas trough the finish but thin across the palate. Very average.
WheatKing (1290) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
BeerAdvent 2013 Day 21. Pours Very Dark Brown, tan head. Nose is chocolate, pine, roast, citrus. Flavour is chocolate, citrus, quite a lot of black patent malt, makes it taste ashy on the finish, almost acrid.