larsniclas (5936) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled et ekstedt dec-11
Pitch black with a large, beige head.
Loads of wet-hops in the aroma; grassy hay.
Licorice, chocolate and pine in the flavour. Surprisingly light body.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a jet black with a large brown head and good lacing.
smell is of cocoa, vanilla, malt, and hops.
taste is of dark chocolate, malt, hops, a touch of licorice, bitter, coffee, and bourbon. ends nicely bitter.
k0mpsa (1583) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at konttori, tampere. Clear aroma of hops, little coffee. Black color with serious light brown head. Awesome taste, hops, roast, coffee. Hops at the first and then stout- like feeling fills mouth. Strong and balanced. Hops hopping nicely in mouth. Brilliant beer, mix imperial stout and imperial ipa.
pchristi (4) - - OCT 6, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice flavor, would like to have had it last year. All around good beet. Alot better than the 16th
RexTalionis (2963) - FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured dark brown in colour with a small tan head. Chocolate, coffee, malt and some floral notes in aroma. Coffee and dark fruit in flavour. Roasted malts in aftertaste.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is chocolate malt - reminded me of World Wide Stout . Not too heavy in hops, but heavy in dark malt. Tastes heavy on the palate, and leaves a nice bitter flavor, not unlike bitter chocolate.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange
A: Pours and looks like a stout...opaque pitch black color with a beautiful dark brown head. Retention is awesome
S: Wow...seriously was not expecting this. Super west coast hop profile- resinous and piney, but really bright and fresh. All this accompanied by chocolatey malt. Really impressive considering that I am not a huge black IPA guy
T: Again, big time west coast bitterness, resin, and pine. Real big. Slightly bready and chocolatey as well. I like the balance. Why so much alcohol though??? It really cuts into the flavor and drinkability- a big flaw in an otherwise worldclass beer
MF/O: pretty rough on the palate but honestly I don’t mind. Strong resinous and bitter finish-palate wrecker
Notes: honestly, I thought these ratings would be a little inflated, considering I’m not a big fan of black IPAs, but this sets the benchmark for the style. Very impressive
Ron (2907) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Old Toad. Pitch black - brown head. Nice medium to high hoppy, ok bitterness, nice burned, chocolate, coffee, light piney, licorice, light berries, smooth body. ABV stands out.
Block (1650) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour. Aroma is hoppy. Traditional IPA charecteristics with just a touch more malt backbone. Great hop flavor throughout, as this beer does shine as a true IPA. Smooth a mellow.
JulienHuxley (4030) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown-black pour with brown head. Aroma is rich, lots of imperial stout like characteristics like molasses, roasted grain and bittering hops. Taste is bitter but not overly so. Generally reminds me more of an imperial stout than a black ipa. Delicious though.