ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a cola color. A tall (3 fingers), fluffy mocha-shaded head caps the body off well. Retention is pretty good, and the lacing left behind is monstrous.
S: At first, itís fairly chocolaty, but once itís allowed to open up, it develops a strong note of hop-derived lemongrass. I really donít pick up much Belgian yeast, sadly. Still, this has a very intriguing nose.
T: Thereís less chocolate than the nose suggested - in fact, the dark malt qualities are really buried beneath the hop flavors. Thatís not exactly a bad thing. Here, they donít sneak up on you; instead, the lemon, grass, white grape, and subtle (sadly, too subtle for me) tropical fruit notes play well with the doughy yeast notes and low bitterness. Only a slight note of toast on the back end. Itís well balanced when itís chilled, but the trademark Sorachi Ace flavors (read: lemongrass) tend to overly dominate once this warms up. Not bad, though.
M: Itís creamy with a good (not overly heavy) body and carbonation that isnít overbearing. The finish isnít very dry, but thankfully yeast astringency is kept in check. I wouldnít call it easy to drink.
O: This oneís okay. I think itís main problem is that the concept is more interesting (Belgian-style Black IPA with highfalutiní Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops) than the actual brew itself. For this to be a total success, I reckon it would need more Nelson Sauvin notes, a bit more roast, and a drier finish.
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home from drinkstore
Dark brown black with pillowy "anzac" brown head. rich almost lactose like yeast esters and a touch of goosweberry, perhaps slightly manure, full bodied, gentle carbonation. yeast and hops working well together, slighty toasty dry pithy finish. Creamy, complex yet immensely drinkable for its strength. This needs to be a full time beer.
schlitzfaced (46) - Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into pint glass. Pours a deep brown with a nice head that thins out. aroma is coffee, a hint of chocolate. Not hoppy in my opnion. slight taste of alcohol. Not bad.
wyzzywyz22 (1885) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Beer Moth, Manchester. Poured nigh on black with a small tan head. Nose revealed coffee, spice, piney hop and dark malts. Similar components comprised the taste in addition to notes of spice, booze, choc and dark fruits. Plenty transpiring. Hop bitterness lurked with purpose in the shadows.Tasty Black IPA with quality throughout. Beer Camp range is very tidy indeed.
Danev76 (113) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong roasted malt aroma. Jet black colour with thick tan head. Nice roasted malt profile with some resinous flavours. Med body and carbonation
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elbernays (308) - IRELAND - MAR 8, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Floral hops, malt, bread nose. Flavour is sweet creamy coffee with a slightly bitter finish. Biscuit in there with earth and nuts. Thought this was pretty nondescript.
StevieT (379) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Tipplers Tap. Black and thick with a lasting cream head, laces well, big hops flavours and malty hints. A big favoured beer that is surprisingly smooth.
BillWyce (673) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poirs opaque black with a 2-finger dark tan head. Aroma is mild, mostly roasted malt but with a touch of citrus. Medium body, lightly oily with a long finish. Dark, roasty malt flavor up front that gives way to citrus hops.
kathouse (811) - Nevada, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Persistent tan head tops the dark red body. Good body with more spice than hop. Finish is good and with the right amount of bitterness.
shoulderbroken (1698) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Hangover. Citrus and funky aroma, herbal, sherbert. Great stuff. Taste is equally good. Crystals! (?) Lemon and weird, tropical fruit touches, light roast, lots of biscuit.
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a deep dark almost black color with tan head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Has a nice Belgian floral aroma, dark roasted malts in the background and citrus hops. Smells amazing! Tastes a bit funky at first but has a nice bittersweet citric finish with some char. Palate on the beer is rich and full.