dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really nice beer: Pours jet black with a thick tan/ brown head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, grapefruit and sweet citrus. Taste is on the sweeter end of the hop spectrum but balanced with the sweeter end of the black malt spectrum and you’ve got a damned fine refreshing beer.
johndoughty (4057) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. My first from this brewery. Black with a small head. Dry with hops in background. Quite interesting but a bit one dimensional. Not as powerful as I expected but still a reasonable if average beer.
TBone (12955) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 500ml (BBE 01/2015, ABM)
Dark brown color, good steady brownish head. Sticky aroma has ash, licorice, rye bread. Medium-bodied. Ashy, dark malty with some licorice. Bitter, harsh aftertaste. With its ashy-burned, bitter flavor, it is a bit unbalanced for my taste. Probably when it is fresh, hops taste better here.
DutchDrebus (4249) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @benzai. Black colour, small off-white to beige head. Smells roasty, peat, whisky, roasty. Tastes roasty, bitter, sweetish, hops, chocolate, slightly caramel, vanilla, almond. Medium to full body, soft to medium body.
Benzai (8744) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Opaque dark brown to black color, full sized decently lasting rough slightly brown head that leaves fair lacing. Aroma is malts, light to moderately hoppy, lightly roasty, slightly iron. Taste malts, lightly hops, roasted malts, bitter. Hmm quite nice: malts, dark and roasted malts mixed with some hops. Decently lasting roasty hoppy aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty damn nice! Well balanced!!
allmyvinyl (3959) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle shared with Ashton McCobb, Cheers Ash! Pours black with a fading tan head. Aromas of liquorice and tar, dark chocolate. Taste is cocoa bitter, then a hit of hop bitterness. More a bitter dry stout than a Black IPA.
AshtonMcCobb (2799) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle thanks to David.
Appearance - like a coffee with a big frothy crema head.
Nose - liquorice into tar.
Taste - loads of liquorice, mountain herbs. Booze.
Palate - medium to full bodied with a big boozy middle section that then leads into a finish that lasts for ages and eventually dries out.
Overall - this is delicious but style-wise this is a hopped dry stout, in my opinion.
rosenbergh (7238) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. From alesbymail.co.uk.
Dark reddish brown colour with a big foamy light tan head.
Liquorice, dryness, urinal, malt and grassy hops in the aroma.
The flavour is liquorice, hoppy bitterness, roasted malt and dryness.
A bit harsh.
BlackHaddock (4009) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large sample during a Beer and Indian Food evening at The Clay Oven, Irvine Orange County on 14th July 2014. Looked good and interesting: it was in fact both good and interesting. Poured a dark, deep brown with full tanned head that hung around. Toffee sweetness in both the aroma and taste of this malty IPA (is that allowed?) that has a good hop presence but is second fiddle to the maltiness that gives the beer it’s colour and most of the flavouring/aromas. I am no regular Black IPA drinker so can not really compare this with a host of other tastings, but I thought this different and well made, no matter what style it is supposed to be (medium to thin Stout like in my opinion).
GT2 (8671) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[ Keg ][ 3oz ][ Strand ][ Free ][ Conical Pint ][ 8.10.14 ]
>> Clear cola brown pour, good foam. Nose is tobacco, soy, savory. Taste is lemon, big roast and acid, sharp bitterness, tangy, soil. Flash of celery. Long bitterness. A tad harsh, but no big off flavors.
lusikka (6429) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roastiness, bitter chocolate and citrus. Flavour of roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice, salt, biscuit and heavy bitterness. Chewy citrus. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Quite heavy. Good stuff.