AshtonMcCobb (1749) - 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. Itís good but I was told that the cask version was better. I think this probably needed a bit more late hopping.
madmitch76 (12174) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
14th July 2013
Opaque dark brown beer. Small pale tan head. Palate is clean and crisp. Smooth dark malt, no roast or bitterness. Whisper of coffee. Light tangy dark fruits. Mild piney hops with a little light citrus. Finishes smooth. Really nicely joined up. All flavours in good balance. Good stuff.
allmyvinyl (1073) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours dark brown, slightly see-through, with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aromas of pine, lemon, light roasted notes and a hint of chocolate. Taste is dominated by the hops, as it should be. Medium bodied, thin texture, good bitter finish. Nice black IPA.
SaintMatty (4281) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml Bottle - Black in colour. Liquorice, toffee, pine and soapy hops in the aroma. Liquorice, fudge, coffee, roasted malt and soapy hops feature in the moreish taste.
Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home in London - sourced from Oddbins London Bridge. Pours somewhat clear, deep brown with red highlights and a thick, lasting tan froth cap; seriously, the head has maintained its integrity for minutes. So, looks pretty much perfect. The nose gives off notes of toasted and dried pine, burnt bread, dirt, tangy and leathery berries. Light to medium sweet flavor with lots of earthy bitterness, pine, some tangy citrus and leathery berries. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Further tangy fruit and dark malts to finish, more burnt pine, earth, dark bread. Pretty average aside from the appearance.
harrisoni (12070) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Oddbins, London Bridge. Black beer lasting dark beige head. Aroma of grapefruit/lime hops and some chocolate. Itís quite a light tasting beer, no heavy malts, with some light dancing grapefruit hop on end. Sorry the aroma of my lasagne is really interfering with this rating.!!! A light Black IPA thatís ok, you just feel as though the brewer was a little hesitant with going all the way. Itís fine and light and quite drinkable. Not exactly dumbed down, but not intense either. Almost a slightly malty APA or a slightly hoppy light stout. Fine, drinkable.
minihame2 (123) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a tan head just like an imperial stout. Nice aroma with roasted malts. Easy on the palate, slight carbonation. Taste is quite neutral. Very drinkable beer but not that special.
downender (5640) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Valhallaís Goat, Glasgow. Deep chestnut brown, proved a lively pour with a massive off-white head and plenty of carbonation. Bready malts, big citrus hops, a touch of pine and a decent, bitter finish. Good.
maekchu (1463) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Asahiya. Mild chocolate and medium hop nose. Moderate dark brown, thin head. A sort of light and blended initial, with good roastiness / hops jump out a bit in the mid palate / finish is very mild. Thin-medium body. A little disappointing. The roast malt base is minimal and the hopping not nearly substantial enough. A light roast UK-style IPA. Okay.
KansaiBeerLvrs (883) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 3, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Todayís random beer is Stewartís Black IPA. Itís 5% from a 500 ml bottle from Rakuten. It pours an inky black with a tan head. Nice malt aroma overlaid with a fruity/floral hop scent. The flavor is pine & citrus hops with an astringent bitter finish. Nice as an IPA but for a black IPA I want more dark malt flavor. If you close your eyes, it tastes like a normal IPA with a thicker body but no dark malt flavor really. Ok but I want more malt from a Black IPA...
Beersiveknown (2126) - 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.