BVery (8686) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Darkness Day 2011. Very dark brown pour that left some lacing on the glass. Aroma was floral/citrus hops and roast. Taste was roasty with a pine hop kick. Really good stuff.
Camons (8414) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ CBC 2015. Pours black with a brown head, lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, licorice, wood, chocolate, fruit. Flavor is malts, coffee, licorice, light sourness, fruity hops, pine. Medium body, soft carbonation. 020515
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt, grassy hops, fruits, light chocolate, coffee and a little citrus. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Hopleaf (Chicago, IL). Another Surly rate. Top #2 Rater still going strong (Despite not living in Minny and only being there once). Pours a lively dark blackish pour, with some lighter brownish edges, dies to a frothy offwhite head, some light lacing. Darker but not opaque. Aromas are a decent touch of piney hops, some gentle deadened grapefruit, some roast and toast, just a gentle touch of sweetness but dry overall. As it warms, the aroma grows a bit more. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, offering prickly dry hops up front. Grapefruit, some pine, and earth mix with decent roast, some toast. Some gentle cocoa comes in with that gentle hoppy yet malty "Darkness Jr" essence. Envelopes the palate well, offering healthy balance with an ode to the dry and hoppy, touches of roast, cocoa, smoothed out malts. Finish is dry, pine and grapefruit lingering. Nice, better than this year’s Darkness in my opinion.
gyllenbock (6304) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at CBC 2015.
Black with a small tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt, light licorice, chocolate, coffee and some citrus. Medium bitter and with a medium body.
jmgreenuk (6193) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at CBC 2015. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is rich pine, citrus fruit alcohol. The flavour is moderate bitter with a rich alcoholic smoky roast palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
jackl (6111) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Surly. Deep brown with a small head. Loads of sweet cocoa and toffee. Some charred grain, earth. Roasted nuts. Flavor is a bit drier. More pepper. Charred grains, toast. Dark cocoa and burnt brown sugar. Medium body, a bit oily.
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught during Darkness Day 2011 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thick and creamy beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of spicy and piney hops, a hint of black malt and a touch of tangerine. Taste is medium bodied, mild black ale character with flavors of light tangerine, grapefruit zest and roasted dark malt. Finish has a mild bitterness, soft palette with some roasted black malt aftertaste. An easy drinking Black Ale with a short lived mild bitterness.
JohnnyJ (5078) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Cloudy brown pour, with a light tan head. Roasted malt, light ash, dry cocoa powder, citrus, moderate hops, and slight pine. Ok, for a "Black IPA" I wish it had more hops.
Desverger (5069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@CBC 2015, Green Session - fuzzy dark brown to black coloured pour with a beige/tan head. Aroma and taste is a mix of roasted malts and citric fruity, prominent hoppy, dark fruits,pine needles, big toffee, caramel, cocoa, roasted hoppy finish.