FrankJohansen (3596) - Sabro, - MAY 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black colour with a medium light brown head. Rich aroma of toffee, caramel, light roastedness and bitter hops. Nice beer.
yngwie (10760) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Kick. A black one, topped by a dense, light tan head leaving lacings. The aroma is faintly buttery, with caramel, dark chocolate and some lightly citrusy hops. Roasted flavor with chocolate and coffee. A pleasant bitterness chimes in, bringing some balance. Full body, soft and pleasant carbonation, rather dry. Lasting roasted finish. A proper beer indeed, although a bit buttery especially in the aroma. 130520
gunnfryd (8556) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Kick. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is fruit, roasted malt. malt, citrus, coffee. Aroma is fruit, roasted malt, malt, citrus, coffee. Medium to full body. OK/Nice beer.
jookos (762) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Black. Pretty good black nose- has some green piney hops, and a soft roasted licorice coffee bean- kind of aroma. Body is med light. Is well bittered and has some resinous hoppy flavours. But with the roastedness it all becomes a bit burn rubbery, salt licorish, in a very sticky way. Not bad, but tje kind of flavours youíd see in a modern RIS. Bitter, long finish. Nice, but the burps makes me think Iíve had a salty RIS.
LicoriceKing (29) - DENMARK - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. Aroma: Hoppy. Pine, citrus, licorice and coffee. Taste: Caramel, bread, coffee, licorice, pine, citrus, roasty and salty. Light palate. This is such a nice beer, very drinkable, fairly low percentage and it has a lot of my favourite features in the Stout/Porter and IPA territory.
jesperhammer (2221) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
08-MAY-2013, bottle @home, from Kvickly.
Black with a very creamy but also a little rough cappuchino head that laces and lasts.
Nice roast and hops. Not in your face but smooth and balanced. Coffee, soapy and grassy hops.
Creamy palate with soft carbonation making it very easy drining. This was a nice surprise. Could easily rebuy.
VastActiv (805) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Black Door, Helsinki. Colour is black with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, hops and roasted malts. Pretty nice.
FatPhil (7496) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Lovely look - basically black, and with a smooth tightish beige head that sticks too and then slides down the glass. Lovely rich roast, on the side of burnt. A touch of something ginger too, that pushes clearly into 7 territory. Smooth in the mouth, super sull, and super smooth, but not without carbonation, thereís just a slight prickle of carbonation. Body is unmistakably burnt, but definitely not astringent. Thereís sometimes a mashier backdrop that shows through - does say "I am a mix of different malts, each included for their own separate reason", and had less than perfect integration and coherence, beause of that. But Iím looking for tiny flaws in something thatís hugely correct, itís nit-picking. Finish starts with some spicy fruits, softens to deep roast, then dries toa nice spicy peppery bitterness, not just hop, I suspect part of thatís the patent malt. All in all good, but invites enough scrutiny such that the "how could I make this better?" question begins to find answers quite quickly. But thatís a complement. A bad or average beer has the answer "donít bother". Nice one - proper job!
Tide (713) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at bar. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with citrus, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, liquorice, pine and resin. Very good balance of hops and malts in body. Bitter finish with roasted malts and pine. Excellent, unique black IPA.
visionthing (1637) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from bottle at Beer13. Pours black with a beige head. Malty aroma, lightly roasty, with chocolate, dark fruits and citrus. Medium body. Finishes fairly dry and pleasantly bitter. Decent, but not a favourite. (2013-04-19)
Cunningham (2973) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Black color with a fine beige head. Some lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, roasted malt, fruity and grape hoppy.
Palate: Medium to full body. Slightly sweet, and a lovely bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Chocolate, roasted malt, fruity and grape hoppy.
Overall impression: Ahhh there are some hidden British gems. This one can be recommended.
Personal stats: Bottle at Beer13 in Oslo, Norway.