HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask pint at Old Fountain. Clear deep refractive chestnut with a lasting decent mottled frothy beige head. Light aroma, just hints of dry resin, light cereal toasty grain and a wisp of cocoa. The taste follows but delivers more - nice roast/resin balance, some alcohol, frankly one of the most drinkable black IPAs I have had - light-bodied, a bit still, fairly quick-finishing, but leaves a pleasant after-linger.
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chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From cask at the Euston Tap on 13 April 2011. Looks like Saltaire have added this to their regular portfolio, which is good to see. Dark brown colour. Creamy head. Fairly aromatic hop profile - some fruity grapefruit and pineapple elements - with a light, roasty malt backdrop. Mellow, but quite firm, mouthfeel. Finishes distinctly dry. Very easy drinking. Maybe a little underpowered - I could, and would be happy to, drink plenty of this but it doesnít quite have the punch of the more assertive examples of the style.
maeib (8051) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2011 Cask conditioned air pressure Euston Tap London. A nearly black beer with a white head. A good citrus aroma. Oranges notes. The taste has decent hops and light roast. Itís a good dark hoppy beer but Iím sure Iíd call this a Black IPA. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 3.1. Average becomes 3.4
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Handpump at the Junction Inn, Otley 04/12/2010
Slight malt aroma. White head. Copper dark coloured smooth on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness in a bitter full malt finish.
downender (5624) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On gravity at the Tewkesbury Beer festival, 4/02/2011. Near black in colour with a slight, off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops with some lightly roasted malts. Cereal malt flavours with some berry fruit, more citrus and a hint of pine in the dryish finish. Very enjoyable.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at The Old Fountain Beer Festival. Pours clearish brown with a creamy, off-white film. Light citrus hops and roasted malts on the nose. Not to much IPA-ness in the flavor, and only moderate roast. Lightly bready and lightly bitter. Nicely balanced. Light to medium in body with fine carbonation. Nice finish, with some malty sugars, light drying and some citrusy, semi-sticky bitters. Good, but drinks a bit more like a mild or ESB, just a touch sweeter. Nice beer.