BlackHaddock (5113) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cheers to Mat for bringing the cork and caged 0.75 litre bottle to the 2014 May Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange, four of us shared the experience of the brew.
Pours a deep brown to black with a tanned topping. Dark, dry chocolate notes dominated the aroma and taste for me, plenty of vanilla, liquorice and dark fruit hints too, but the dark chocolate held forth even when some whiskey flavours started to appear as the beer warmed a little. Very interesting and a worthy last beer of the night. My second Black Damnation and I’m keen to try more should I get the chance.
Douberd (3475) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 750ml at home, into a big tulip glass. ABV 12%
Looks impressive with its almot totally black coloured body, its shades of ruby red where the light manages to pass through and with its tall and thick brown head. Really good retention too, it never actually collapses, but it persists in the form of a thick layer of foam on the beer’s surface. Heavy lace that creates a dark brown wall around the glass.
Aroma of chocolate, hops, light vanilla, booze, dark roasted malts, some smoke too, all nicely blended together.
Wow, what a great taste! Lots of whiskey notes, vanilla, alcohol that intensifies all the flavours, roasted malts towards the finish, plenty of wood, hops struggling to surface, really great!
Full thick body, carbonation on the right levels, good dryness on the palate, smooth and silky texture.
Not much to say about this beer, a total must!
zimbo (773) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive light super whippy head. Super complex. Medium to full in the mouth with some lightly rich light earthy salty chocolate. Tightly structured and soothingly warm. Excellent length. Well made.
BenH (3207) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Iain. Black with tan head. Aroma has yeast esters, kind of fruity, hoppy, roasty. Taste is intense licorice, roasty. Quite salty and bitter. Nice and intense
Countbeer (5522) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Small brown foamy head on top of a black colored beer.
Aromas of roast, coffee, liquorice, some chocolate, some spice, some marzipan... Quite roasty, hehe...
Flavours of spices, roast, coffee, malt roast, some liquorice, bitter, light peppery, some hop, some herbs, very nice, dark spicy roasty bitter.
Aftertaste is a mix of malt roast, bitter, spicy, herbs, light chocoliquorice tones.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a creamy texture.
tom10101 (4102) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by gEUS, thanks! Dark brown with reddish reflects and a medium brown head. Aroma is boozy with bourbon, fruity notes, vegetables roasted malt and solvent. Taste is sweet and overly boozy with "green" notes, roasted malt, fruity and bitter finish. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Dry finish. That’s kind of gross. Too sweet, too boozy, too fruity. Call me "weak" if you want, but this isn’t drinkable.
JulienHuxley (4460) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at tasting. Black pour with reddish tint. Aroma is boozy and fruity, a bit solventy actually, really roasty. Taste is super sweet, boozy, rhum soaked fruits, acrid roastiness. Palate is rich and boozy with medium carbonation. Not my type of IS at all, way too sweet and fruity.
Habanero (3356) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours black with a medium sized, lacing, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, grapefruit, piney notes and coffee. Sweet flavor that ends up dry, bitter and with alcohol. Full to medium bodied, creamy to oily texture and soft carbonation. A great Black IPA.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Roast, chocolate, some earth / woodiness, and dark fruits. Alcohol hidden with a smooth body. Softer but I enjoyed it.
ST247 (471) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @Het Oude Schooltje. Pours black with light brown foam. Aroma is dark malt, light bitterness, little alcoholic. Taste is roasted malts, bit sweet.