ClubGonzo (3449) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen, shared with Maltmisjonen. Pours a deep brown, near-black body with a medium off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, red berries, sweet caramel, hints of toast, chocolate and grass. A bit strange in the sweetness department, otherwise nice. Taste, however, improves: herbal grassy tones, coffee, chocolate, pine, hints of licorice, caramel and red fruits. Very nicely balanced. Medium body and carbonation. A very well-crafted Black IPA with "the best of two worlds" in my opinion.
Beer4000 (4266) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Sandefjord. Clear deep, deep amber body with a moderate sized pale beige head. Nice hoppy aroma dominated by pine with medium roasted malt, toast and a hint of coffee. Flavor of sweet, medium roasted malt, dark chocolate, pine and good bitterness. Medium body with a long, pleasant and bitter aftertaste. Tasty and quaffable BIPA.
Zorongollo (35) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Irreale, Madrid
Pours black. Rubber, hops, licorice. Dry finish with a medium/high bitter. Great.
HoppyBudgie (606) - SOLA, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Vinmonpolet kvadrat. (Bought it for the cool label :) Dark brown, creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, hops, Bitter taste with tart maltyness and lots of hops. Kinda unbalancedd and to tarty
visionthing (2308) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika. Pours black with a beige head. Pours black with a beige head. Hoppy aroma with licorice, chocolate, citrus, pine, fruits and roasted malt with hints of coffee. Medium sweet with a quite decent bitterness. A bit strange and different, but tasty and interesting. A bit disappointed at first, but certainly a nice brew in my book.
Rasmus40 (9597) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo. Black with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt and moderate hoppy - pine. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 120913
lusikka (5175) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very fresh 330 ml bottle @ Rosses i Torrades, Barcelona. Pours a pitch black colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of very strong and pungent floral hops, licorice and roasted malts. Flavour is massively bitter with some citrusy notes and herbs, very subtle caramel notes, earthiness, dark chocolate and coffee. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a very long, tangy, bitter finish. Alcohol is rather well hidden. Excellent balance and the hops just keep on lingering after several minutes. A big beer which even beats Stone’s Sublimely. Straight to my top-10 you go.
Grzesiek79 (2913) - Radom, POLAND - SEP 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dobre, gozkie i to bardzo. choc dominowal chmiel ciemna i gozka czekolade takze sie oczuwalo. Troche alkoholowy finisz. Wyglad piwa to glebia czerni i spora gestosc, natomiast piana niewielka i zupelnie nietrwala
Cunningham (3912) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pitch black color with a finger thick beige head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Dark malt, rich chocolate, hoppy and fruity.
Palate: Full body. Tad sweet and a rich bitterness. Soft to average carbonation. Dry texture.
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, fruity, hoppy and some roasted malt on a fine dark malty background. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: Powerful, lovely and tasty bipa.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway
tmrmwel (721) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours translucent black with a small creamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, raisins, dates and liquorice, as well as some hoppy orange peel. Creamy body with average carbonation. Flavour is bitter, with burned malts and some notes of caramel, sweet liquorice and berries, before a great hoppy bitterness of grapefruit and orange peel. Also finishes off with a long bitter and slightly burned. Very black in appearance, but very IPA in flavour.