madmitch76 (16123) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
15th February 2014
Scopey 5K Tasting in deepest Croydonia. Opaque dark brown - black beer, good pale tan head. Creamy dark malt, semi dry. Whisper of roast and dark malt bitterness. Mild piney hops and subtle fruits, well buried. Not bad.
maneliquor (3287) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Big thanks to Leighton. Pours clearish dark brown with a lace forward tan head. Dark chocolate and pepper envelope the nose with a hint of liquorice, pine, grapefruit and a small amount of smoke. Taste is very balanced between roasted coffee and sweet milky chocolate, quite grassy and a little doughy. Some nice bright orange behind it all. Moderate bitterness, a touch sweet, solid balance to this. Nice one
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Dark brown with a medium beige head. Very malty and almost floral. Has a very nice balance but I tend to flavor more citrusy black ipas.
-- rated with beerbasher
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a definitely more brown than black hued body, clear, a shade lighter than cola, large and retentive off-white head. Great lace. Aromas are of earthy hops, lots of malt, nutty, toffee, brown bread, medium roast, resiny and lightly citrusy, grassy hops. Medium low esters. Flavors are medium bitter, somewhat sweet, toasty and nutty malt character with some roast. Pretty full bodied. Some minerality. Bitter balanced. Hoppy porter. Lightly leathery, fuller carbonation, a bit warming.
Theydon_Bois (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, big thanks to the CDA finder general, Leighton - 15/02/14.
Dark mahogony brown with a light tan covering.
Nose is cocoa, biscuit crumble, dark malts, lighy pine, muted tropical fruit tones, earthy hops.
Taste comprises light roast, earthy hops, pine twang, dark berry fruits, cocoa powder.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Adequate CDA but a good few draws from the top of the cabinet !
ben4321 (4114) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 2/15/14
Aroma: The nose is coffee and roast, earth, and some citrus/grapefruit hops as well
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a thick, frothy brown head and coating lace
Flavor: It tastes of dark and roasted malts up-front, with an earth and citrus bitter hop finish
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a slick, creamy feel, with a soft carbonation, and a dry finish
My 50th Black IPA rating, and a very nice one to boot!
I thought this was a really nice example of a Black IPA. There’s a nice mix of dark malts and hops that are in a very nice balance with one another.
Mittenator (1391) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Deep brown with a beige head. Dark malt and perfumey. Well balanced between bitter and sweet.
jercraigs (8091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013-01-31. Dark brown black body with a modest tan head that fades. Aroma is fairly roasty, lots of green leafy musky hops. Flavour is similar, with a sweet malty core, fairly bitter throughout, green funky hops are the dominant character. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. The hops are a bit too green and funky for my tastes but a pretty solid, quaffable black IPA. Bottle shared by blankboy
Scopey (7455) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at my 5K tasting, thanks to Kenny. It pours darkest brown, near black with a medium beige head. The nose is fresh pine, toast, rich roast, dark chocolate, earth and light spice. The taste is rich roast, toast, earth, good deal of bitterness, resin, pine, pepper, dark chocolate and rocky road with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice dark chocolate behind the bitterness. Good body and rather tasty.
BigBeer45 (1273) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a bomber bottle,
the ale poured dark into the glass and gave a large foamy light tan lasting head, the beer was a clear dark red when the glass was held up to a glass, there was nice, sticky spots and fingers of lacing on the glass,
it had aromas of light roasted malt, citrus and floral hops, faint coffee and dark fruit, there was a little herb in the background and a bit of malt sweetness with a touch of brown sugar, not a lot of sweetness, just a touch,
it had a more than medium roasted malt flavor with some malt astringency, there was some coffee and roasted grain, some raisin and prune dark fruit (with less sweetness than the dried fruit) and a touch of molasses,
the finish had a little hop bitterness and malt astringency that lingered a bit on the palate, the malt astringency did not distract from enjoying the drink but was evident,
it was creamy on the palate and on the lighter side of medium for mouth feel, it had average carbonation,
this beer was a good beer but not a drink I would buy again.