BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, dates, figs, and prunes, earthy and pine hops. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, dark malt and fruits with a dry finish. Medium to full body and medium carbonation.
ThirstyBird (1010) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to beerlover_ben @ RBBWG 2014! Pours clear dark brown with orange highlights and a small team had. The smell is Citrus hops, roasted dark malt, licorice. The taste is caramel, roasted making, char, fruit ending very dry. Medium body with soft Carbonation.
JefVerstraete (866) - BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ RBBWG 2014. Thanks Beerlover_Ben! Dark black colour, some beige foam. Well balanced taste. Roasted malts, coffee, citrus and hoppy aftertaste. Good but not overwhelming!
77ships (3276) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to Beerlover_Ben. Lightly red hue, very dark brown / black. Lovely smell, sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla oak, faint hops, milk chocolate. Taste is faintly bitter mocha, sweet coffee, touch molasses, faint hops in the back but clearly there, lovely, very interesting, vanilla oak, light bourbon in the finish, sweet coffee. Lower carb. Very easy to drink. Wasn’t expecting too much from this one & I was wrong, this was really good, even more since I felt that the other new Black Albert based beers which recently came out weren’t on par with the first batch. I have never had the first batch of this one, all I can say is that this one was really lovely.
MrHangover (2072) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy of kermis. Pours a pitch black beer with a vey small, off white head. Aroma has coffee, booze, bourbon oak and some slight amount of hoppiness. Hops have faded to the background mostly. Flavor is sweet, alcoholic, touch of coffee again and has a big, boozy presence. Still quite impressive, but I’m not really considering this being a black IPA. More an Imperial Porter or something, because there is little hops detected during drinking. Still, this was a very fresh bottle, so it could be that the alcohol was still too strong in this one. So very interestng take on the style, however, misses a few points here to become just as good as the other BD’s I’ve had so far. Slight disappointing.
jmgreenuk (3255) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Kermis. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin broken white head, The aroma is big alcohol liquorice. The flavour is strong bitter with a huge alcoholic liqourice malt palate. Medium to full bodied with flat carbonation. Drunk fresh. Maybe needs a few more years.
worldbeertaste (1536) - AUSTRIA - JAN 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Kermis. Black with a thin, mostly disappearing, lacy, sticky frothy head. Smells of raisins, berries and liquorish, and rich caramel with coffee. Vanilla and alcohol. Nice. Smooth smooth oily frothy body. Tastes of dark malt, caramel and finishes, dry, ashy and roasty. The alcohol on the finish is very strong. It would be nice if it’s smoothed out with age.
kermis (4200) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared from Hopduvel. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma has a lot of alcohol (this bottle is pretty fresh though) overwhelming the other stuff going on. Flavor is over moderate sweet and bitter. A lot more comes out in the palate, with roast, dark chocolate, caramel and a whole load of hop bitterness. Light full bodied with soft carbonation. I really think this one would benefit from some age to calm down the overly present alcohol.
Zer0 (1126) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle shared with and thanks to kermis. Pours almost black with not much of a head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, grass, hops, yeast and licorice. Lots of bitterness and moderate sweet. Full bodied with a lingering hoppy finish. Some ripe fruits. Good!
BoBoChamp (5014) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl, Vintage 2012, as Black Damnation Eight ’Supreme Hoppy Intensive Taste’, new exclusive blended brew Anno 2011, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex bitter brew, bitter/roasted and slightly fruity/woody, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!