MalcolmTucker (844) - SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This comes flying out the blocks with a huge pine hop aroma. Flavour continues with the pine hope theme with a mild roast coming from the dark malt. Leans more to the IPA end of the spectrum.
androman (926) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ brewdog, Edinburgh. Body is nearly black, head is medium, brownish, creamy, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is pine, aroma is roasted malt, mild coffee, dark chocolate, light licorice, pine resins, dried fruits. Medium sweet, medium to heavy roasty and hoppy bitter. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert beer, very good one.
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ BierCab. It’s what you’d call a black one this. A huge brownish head safely on top. Lacing as heck and really lasting also. It smells really lovely. Hoppy and dark roasted, lots of salty licorice and shoey leather. Superb aroma. Oh, it tastes much the same. Lots and lots of licorice and leather in the taste. My dictionary suggested leather jacket, and I actually don’t disagree on that one. Really full-bodied with a average carbonation level. Lovely burp. Fresh hoppy, kinda herbal spicy roasted. That lovely licorice just seduces me. Love it. 08.08.2014
Stuu666 (6530) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is roast chocolate, pine, taste is similar, dry.
JorisPPattyn (8442) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium to good dense head, dark whipped cream-like over deep red-brown beer, looking jet-black. Impressive, deeply C-hopped nose but with lots of maltbacking. Dry hopbales, straw. Roasted-hoppy; bitter. Burnt wood, but also a marked, near-salty, mineral flavour. As if trassie were added - lots of DMS? Warming up, gets a bit sweet, rosewater from the hops. Medium bodied, not more, well-carbonated. Reasonable, but not really demarcating Imperial (?) Black (??) IPA... (Please STOP inventing silly style names!!)
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBBSG III. Pours dark brown, beige head. Aroma is pineapple, citrus, caramel. Taste is bitter, malty, more pineapple to end pretty bitter. One of my favorite styles.
Travlr (15918) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of JefVerstraete, thank you sir! Dark brown color. Aroma of pine and roast. Taste is nicely balanced bitter pine and roast.
tderoeck (6221) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/VII/14 - 50cl bottle @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: 23/XI/14 (2014-729) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, irregular beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. aroma: very fruity, bit sugary, exotic fruits, piny and resinous, malty, caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bitter start, exotic fruits, some caramel, sweet malts, bit resinous, some honey. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, resinous and piny, citrus, some exotic fruits, little roasted, dairy touch.
erickok (4306) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - AUG 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very black with a tan bubbly. Licorice, fresh hops, toasty, dark malts, but not chocolatey. Refreshing yet full bodied. Lots of black IPA goodness. Lots to like. For my taste not quite thick enough, not chocolate malty enough. But that’s just my preference. But lovely developed and so nice to drink a black IPA here in Barcelona. (On tap at BierCab)
olio (7546) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ BierCAB, Barcelona.
Pours pitch black color with a huge beige head. Very roasty malty aroma, some resinous hops and citric fruits. Roasted malt on the flavor, citric fruits, licorice and faint cocoa, some resinous hops. Nice balance, a very solid CDA.