anders37 (16586) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty citrus hoppy aroma. Roasted malty caramel hoppy bitter flavor with hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty caramel hoppy finish with some weak yeasty hints.
TimE (3146) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very estery, tons of roasty malt, lots of hops. But overall it just doesnít work for me though I am not a massive Belgian IPA fan.
RD400F (180) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7.3 bottle to tulip glass, the beer pours jet black, no color whatsoever. Hard to discern transparency. The head is a mocha brown in color and very dense with good longevity. Aroma is piney, cirtusy, grassy hops and very fresh smelling. I suspect the color of the beer preserves the aroma better. A bit of biscuit, chocolate and caramel is noticeable but there is a surprising lack of Belgian yeast character that you usually get in the aroma, given the bottle claims BELGIAN black IPA.
Taste....the taste is positively odd. Thereís porter notes...then you get a lot of caramel and chocolate, then smoke and roasted flavours and then a great hop bitterness. Itís like taking an IPA, a porter, a scottish ale and blending them together and keeping all the positive aspects of each. I donít notice a lot of yeast character but there is a lot going on in this beer.
Palate is pretty good...smooth and easy drinking, alcohol undetectable, mouthfeel is medium, co2 is on the low side which hurts this a little.
Overall...I was going in thinking this would be another boring beer or too odd to be good but glad to say Iím wrong. This is very complex and a good beer to boot! My only gripe...there doesnít to be much Belgian about it...kinda sorta.
Masterkush7 (504) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cola like colour with a nice light tan head. A very unique tasting beer with rosary coffee and chocolate notes similar to a stout with nice pine and grapefruit notes from the hops. A nicely balanced brew and highly enjoyable
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #903 - January 12, 2014 - Really excited for this bottle as Cabin Fever from the Snowcase was a killer IBA. Pours a enrapturing black, with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is a violent clash between toasted malt, and grassy floral hops, and a yeasty spiciness. Taste is extremely hoppy, resinous grassy floral and noble hop notes tempered with a pleasant coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar sweetness of the toasted malt which is the dominant player.Yeast character adds depth and ensures the balance. Great elements of tripel, stout, and IPA laced into one brew. Superb.
slimspady (178) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with 2 finger tan head with lacing that lasts. Clean hop aroma. Roast coffee and malts in the taste. Oily hops at finish. Pretty enjoyable and well done. Not as much hop as others but balance is good.
fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In a bomber from the state run bottle shop
Dark cola color, some ruby hues. Light brown collar for head, good soapy lacing.
Nose is chalky with earthy pine, grapefruit, and roasted malts and chocolate notes. Slight amount of spice.
Taste is a good mix of spice, earth, pine and grapefruit. Bits of overdrawn coffee in the feel and still a bit chalky . Medium full bodied and slightly prickly carbonation. Very solid Black IPA
Lagerboy (1217) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
New bomber, 7.3% ABV. Clear hueless deep dark copper, foamy mocha head settles and fades. Aroma of charred caramel, citrus and pine. Taste is dark roast caramel malt, citrus/pine hop, some chocolate and a hint of coffee, no noticeable Belgian influence. Average carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Well balanced and very tasty, but still : DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
camelean (4) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in colour with a caramel colour head. I am surprised I like this as its a Belgian and I generally am not a fan of Belgian beers. I also love the Phillips bottles.
piscator34 (1960) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample. Black in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Fairly peppery and spicy in the aroma department, backed by elements of chocolate and bready malts. The Belgian yeast really takes over in the mouth with the fruity/spicy combo dominating the pale malt, citrusy hop, and powdered chocolate notes. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Lots of complexity here, but the pieces of this puzzle donít quite fit together.