BlackHaddock (6383) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint, hand pulled at a London Wetherspoons pub: Oct 2011.
Advertised as a Black IPA, it looks and tasted like a stout to me, but without any body thickness.
The nose was hopped toffee apple (Cascade hops used), with some roasted malts within the smells also.
The taste a strange mix of bittering citrusy hops and dry roasted malty biscuits.
Couldn’t get into it, just didn’t sit right on my palate. Try it by all means, but expect the flavours to be all over the place.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at HW. Black with no head. Aroma is slightly fruity, quite weak, nice bit not a huge mount going on. Taste has slight fruit, hint of coffee, hint of chocolate, again quite weak. Thin and flat. Lacks punch, could do with being ramped up considerably.
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winchester Beer Festival. Initially the aromas suggested a mild: quite smoky and dark, however in taste this had the bittterness and alcoholic tang of an IPA. Interesting and very drinkable.
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Cask pub and Kitchen, Pimlico, London. A dark ruby/black coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Roasty, malty aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, hoppy, fruity. Rather thin but alright.
planky84 (2876) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the NWAF, Manchester. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Sweet nose. Toffee apple aroma. Sweet spicy flavours (cinnamon, coriander). Spicy finish
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at the 2012 NWAF, Manchester. Pours a brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma isn’t particularly hoppy, more malty with yeast quite prominent. Similar flavours. Quite dry to finish with mild carbonation. Not a black IPA.
berkshirejohn (6067) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. An attractive, deeply dark, ruby red colour with a loose beige head; the aroma is hoppy and slightly spicy; rather thin, with slightly earthy, fruity malts; than a gently tingling bitterness, leading to a dry, spicy hop finish. Not exactly a fullbodied IPA, but very drinkable.
cgarvieuk (21884) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
cask at AGBell ... deep brown .... bubbly light tan head ... soft toffee hop nose ...harsh woody bitter tofffee mlats .... lighht chocolate ... light mellow pine linger ... very middling
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Samuel Lloyd, JDW, Corby. Pours black with thin head. Well hopped and smooth. Similar to a sweet German dunkelbier. Very good.
tommann (3385) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the Abraham Darby, JDW, Brierley Hill. Pours black with a medium head. Aroma is strawberry with a little roast. Taste is mostly yoghurt with some fruit. Quite silky mouthfeel.