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 (5093) - 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 (17019) - 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 (1703) - 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 (2985) - 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.
stravale (2478) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ The King’s Highway, Inverness 111011
Chestnut brown, very thin off white head, clear.
Very light aroma of citrus hops and roasted malt.
Taste of citrus grapefruit and lemon hops, not intense like other black IPAs, underlying roasted malt, well balanced if somewhat subtle.
Palate - citrusy tangy finish wit a bit of roasted malt....lingering powdery cocoa bitterness...smooth.....soft carb...medium texture.
Overall - Seems to be brewed to introduce Black IPA to newbies - a weaker flavoured version, but still a reasonably good beer.
DanielBrown (4096) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hand pulled at the Briar Rose, Birmingham. Ruddy dark brown, mit a creamy 10mil of head. No smell. Taste: urgh. Sweet diacetyl, light toffee, sugar sourness. Thin, plain, dull bitter.
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at the Friendship, Fallowfield. Very dark brown with a thick tan head leaving good lacing. Very little, if any, aroma. Not much in the way of flavour, either, some caramel and a little roast malt. Too sweet in the finish. Very uninspired.
tombyars (1461) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted this in The Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in September 2011. Cask, handpump dispense. Mahogany black in colour with a thin off white head. Sweet hedgerow berry fruit in the short aroma. Thick creamy mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts gives a mix of treacle fudge and ripe juicy brambles. Slight hop flowers present in the bitter dry aftertaste. Finish is fruity with dry woody notes. A cracking example of a traditional old ale and highly recommended.
JohnRMurdoch (3746) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ The Henglers Circus JDW. Mild roasted caramel aroma. Very dark brown colour, reasonable head. Sweet roasted toffee hop flavour. Bitter aftertaste. A lot less intense than an American Black IPA but quite enjoyable.