CraftBeerNick (1403) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home from Bierdekonig, 21st November 15. Looks elegant, black with a foamy off white head, aroma is piney hops, slight liquorice, some spice. Taste is complex bitter pine, citrus hops, malty chocolate, spicy, lingering bitterness. Really well built BIPA from Tempest, which I have rated highly for years.
DrowningInBeer (49) - SPAIN - NOV 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color, brown notes and tan head. Aroma and taste have mango, pine, citrus, resin and grapefruit, mixed with coffee and chocolate. Really nice BIPA, more on the hoppy side.
venom666 (627) - Elche, SPAIN - OCT 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color, almost black with medium tan head. Aromas is dank, with sweet citrus fruits, tropical fruits, but also caramel ans toasty notes. Medium body. Taste follows the aroma, very hoppy, with grapefruit, citrus fruits, dark chocolate, pine, resin and coffee traces. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
MidnightOwl (28) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Black as the night with tan head. Aroma: True Black IPA, coffee, chocolate, pine, resin and tropical fruits. Taste: Aromawise, more IPA than Black. Aftertaste: Slightly bitter. Lovely!
Attackinblack (11) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bought @ the brewery for under 3 quid and poured into a pint glass. Pours black as a crow on a cloudy night with a finger of dark tan head that lasts.
Smells like you’d think with that beauty burnt coffee and dark chocolate smell but with a bit of resiny hop peeking through as well.
Tastes like a pretty near perfect version (for my taste) of a black IPA. Lots of coffee, a wee bit of choc to keep it from the too dry side and, rare indeed, the perfect amount of sticky/piney hop to hold it’s own handily against all that darkness. Perfect balance between burnt/sweet/bitter.
Not over heavy on the palate for such a flavourful beer. Could easily go another one (or more if I’d not only bought 2).
Totally worth the hype. Had a few black IPA in my day and really only saw them as a change of pace but this one is gonna go in my regular rotation.
andrepintado (2138) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - OCT 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from cervezalandia. Dark color with thin beige head. Medium bitterness, low sweetness. Body is round and smooth. Flavour is light cacao, light fruit, light coffee. Quite balanced.
Beerhunter111 (12257) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From trade with Douberd, many thanks! 33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium good lasting tan head. Aroma of coffee, burned malt, very hoppy, spruce. Taste is very hoppy, spruce, vanilla, toffee, coffee in the aftertaste, very delicious!
jeevan (192) - SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours an almost black dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malts and citrus aromas. A lovely balance between the dark malts and citrus piney hoppiness. A truly great Black IPA. Whats more, the IPA aspect isn’t tainted by the dark elements, as is the case in so many I’ve tried. Ace
bytemesis (5175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep clear reddish black, medium tan head, creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, hint of ashtray, pine, light grapefruit and a bit of dust. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, roasty, pine, hints of citrus. Medium body, very well balanced.
Douberd (3703) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Tempest In The Dark We Live) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a teku, ABV 7.2%
Black coloured body, tall, thick and creamy, dark beige head, with wxcellent retention.
Aroma has citrus, grapefruit, chocolate,light roasted malts, mocha.
Taste of citrus, hops, grapefruit, ash, roasted malts, chocolate, nicely bitter, mocha.
Medium body, good carbonation, smooth on the palate.