haddon90 (1433) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany color with a nice, tan head. Roasted malt aroma with some smokey hops as well. Smooth taste with some smoked malt and dark hops. Nice balance. Light, crisp finish. Very good.
Chad9976 (1135) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. I could not find a freshness date, though I assume the bottle is old since my beer store had it on clearance for $1.99 ($0.09 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black hue with ruby red highlights. Pours to a very large, khaki, soapy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Slight cologne or perfume-like chemical scent. Some tanginess as well, though not off-putting.
Taste: I try not to review, let alone buy, beer thatís old. However, a good-looking bottle and a high ABV at a cheap price is hard to pass up. Thatís why I picked up Speakeasy Butchertown Black Ale. While this particular bottle is not delicious, it certainly has plenty of enjoyable taste and the flaws are easy to get past.
Usually, old hoppy beers tend to turn overly sweet when they age, though this one seems to have transitioned from hop flavor to hop bitterness. From front to back thereís a strong presence of dry, slightly piney hop bitterness. Perhaps a fresh bottle might be more dank and resiny, but whatís here is at least still tasty. The malt side is not all that complex Ė just a general dark malt composure. A hint of chocolate and roasted malt on the finish followed by a lingering dry aftertaste. I could see this beer going well with the right full-flavored meal, though a glass by itself is fine.
Drinkability: Something I notice about old beers is they tend to foam up in the mouth. Thatís what happened with my bottle of Speakeasy Butchertown Black Ale. Thick with a foamy texture, though in no way cloying or sticky. Soft and smooth in the mouthfeel with an easy finish. Iím not crazy about the aftertaste, but for an 8.2% ABV body there is no alcohol warmth or other presence here.
zoucrew102 (468) - - MAY 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with chocolatey notes. Pours black colored but with a slight tinge of ruby as well. It has a decent tan, well retained head and not much lacing. Starts with roasted malt flavors with a little but of chocolate mixed in as well. Finishes clean and dry with a bitter hoppy bite that doesn't seem to balance with the rest of the flavors quite right. Pretty good to start, but the finish was not the best.
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber - black pour with a fairly significant off-white lace - nose is a decently integrated mix of citrusy hops, dry, roasty malts, faint smoke, and light chocolate sweetness - creamy mouthfeel - medium body - fairly sweet at first, followed by some bitter black malt, making way for a fairly potent peppery hop bite near the finish, ending with some alcohol heat - finish has some pine resin qualities as well - nothing terribly complex - just a middle of the road black IPA.
J_man (688) - 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 thatís 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. Thereís also a spiciness to it but itís hard to tell if itís 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 (3938) - 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 itís 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 (2195) - 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 (5644) - 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 (14449) - , 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 Bruceís. 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 (3006) - 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 (7935) - The íSham, 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 Joshís 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.