AshtonMcCobb (1453) - Edinburgh, - NOV 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours opaque black with a toffee colour round the edge and a nice head. The nose is charcoal, liquorice and general dry stout characteristics. The taste by contrast is grapefruit, pine and a lemon finish. The palate has a medium body, a zingy texture and a refreshing finish. Overall, this is confusing as it smells like a dry stout and tastes like an IPA. It’s good but I was told that the cask version was better. I think this probably needed a bit more late hopping.
Beersiveknown (1622) - NORTHERN IRELAND - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from alesella
pours dark ruby brown with temporary fluffy tan head. Plenty of orange and grapefruit pith on the nose. Lots of pithy bitterness with sweet dry chocolate and more pith in the long finish. An enjoyable effort.
zacgillbanks (957) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A very dark brown-black beer with chocolate and citrus fruity flavours and a creamy chocolate and slight roasted finish.
Stuartyboy (139) - SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from applelation wines deep black in colour citrus on the nose with grapefruit taste and zingy hop flavour
unstablefable (210) - SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque black with small thin chocolate cream head, aroma is classic grapefruit & citrus some light liquorice notes. Taste is bitter hop blast, pine a bit soapy, hops are more prevalent That malts. Good representation of the style
Beesbeer (349) - WALES - JAN 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very VERY grapefruit and citrus zing. Very BrewDog in style. Excellent finishing bitterness. Strong and full of characterful complexity.
Scopey (3247) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Deeside Drinks Emporium. It pours very dark brown with a medium beige head. The nose is pine, liquorice, roasted malt, coffee, ash and mild citrus. The taste is roasted malt, pine, caramel, ash, light charcoal, pithy citrus, earth, coffee and liquorice, with a dry, bitter finish. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. A little lighter in body than I had anticipated, but a tasty, easy drinking brew nonetheless.
BenH (1335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A nice near black with tan head. I found the aroma quite hoppy, citrus and pine. Taste has coffee, roastiness, citrus and pine with a biscuity finish. Decent body. Nice
MalcolmTucker (513) - SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is mostly roast and chocolate with a bit of sublte hops. Flavour is dominated with pine hops. Good but more of an Black Pale Ale than a Black IPA.
jamestulloch (477) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Pine, roast malt, blood orange and fresh grass.
Appearance: Black body with a loose tan head that fades quickly. Very little lacing.
Taste: Mellow earthy hop flavour with soft citrus notes. Nice bitterness.
Palate: Medium body with a slick, oily texture. Light carbonation fizz
Overall: An easy drinking Black IPA - and one of Stewart’s best beers - but I prefer stronger, more flavourful Black IPAs out there such as Thornbridge Raven and Moor Illusion.