Cooperii (61) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled poured a deep amber with a tan head and fair lacing. Aromas are hoppy with subtle chocolate and vanilla notes. Flavors are hoppy...citrus, pine with subtle bitter cherry notes. The Finish - very light across the tung...fizzy! Bitter and dry with a trailing fruityness that lingers pleasantly.
J_man (665) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More of a very dark brown ale that’s crystal clear ruby under light topped with a thick, persistent tan head. Aromas of charred wood with notes of cocoa along with earthy hop component. All of this comes out in the flavor with more cocoa and milk chocolate. This is more like a light, hoppy stout than a Schwarzbier style black ale. There’s also a spiciness to it but it’s hard to tell if it’s the hops or the alcohol. Slightly creamy body but not thick (think Guinness). Finishes with cocoa and earthy hops. A very tasty and interesting beer.
onceblind (3672) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark dark auburn brown under a thick rocky light tan head. Nice BIPA aroma that refrains from being too piney or too roasty, with pleasant notes of dark cocoa, floral hops, a touch of citric rind and maybe a touch of melon. The flavor is a bit more bitter than it needs to be, but it’s not a big detractor. The taste greets you with this semisharp pine flavor, followed by some dark cocoa and dark black malt roastiness, with some grapefruit rind and floral resins behind it with a mild earthy sweetness.
kerenmk (2001) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Murky dark brown with tan head. Roast, coffee and a little floral sweetness aroma, very bitter, roasty and a little dry taste. Medium body, soft carbonation, bitter, roasty finish.
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma of piney hops, some roastiness and a bit of chocolate. Flavor has a bit of sweetness, roasted malt, piney hops and a long bitter finish. Medium-bodied.
madmitch76 (13350) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20th February 2014
Fare thee well Josh tasting at Bruce’s. Almost clear dark brown beer. Small pale tan head. Smooth light palate, slightly soft. Mild fine carbonation. Smooth mellow dark malts, no roast or bitterness. Light piney hops backed with an unusual (for a cda) mild tropical fruits. Finishes smooth and light. Tasty easy drinking bipa.
maneliquor (2782) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London for my farewell drinks. Thanks to black IPA man himself, Kenny. Pours very dark brown, slightly clear with a nicely retained tan head. Nose is sweet citric fruits, huge grapefruit tang, covered in milk chocolate with a hint of balancing ash. Creamy vanilla like in the taste with a milky chocolate focus, nice grapefruit and some pine needles coming through. Some tangy passionfruit to finish. Very well constructed and drinks nicely. I like it
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Josh’s last hurrah in the smoke, thanks to Kenny - CDA top boy, 20/02/14.
Very dark mahohony brown with a well appointed tan covering that retains well.
Nose is bitter tropicals, tea leaves, earthy hops, light smoke, touch of grapefruit.
Taste comprises earthy hops, cocoa powder, pine bite, jammy berry fruits, bitter tropicals.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid CDA - best in class this evening.
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London for Josh’s farewell tasting. Pours clear, rich brown with a frothy beige head. The nose has toasted bread, a bit of pine, ripening orange. Medium sweet flavor with a good deal of earthy-ashy bitterness, soft roast, baking cocoa, charred malts, burnt pine. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish, more bitter dark chocolate, earth, ash, some dried citrus, decent roasted malts, well toasted bread. Not bad.
Scopey (5511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Ken. It pours darkest brown with a small light tan head. The nose is fresh, pine, citrus, soapy, roasted malt, candied peel and cocoa. The taste is rich roasted malt, cocoa, toast, earth, burnt aspect, chewy malt, citrus rind and good deal of bitterness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Punchy and tasty. Nice work.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Whole Foods and Capone’s. Pours turbid dark black with creamy tan head. Nose is great creamy dark lactic malt, resiny hops, cacao, black pepper. Tastes rich and complex, with heavy dark malt, cacao, and a dry hoppy finish. This one is above the pack.