Benzai (12222) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Dark brown color with a dark red glare coming through when held into the light, full sized, creamy, tan head that lasts for quite a long time. Aroma is malts, lightly roast, hops, perfectly balanced. Taste malts, roasted malts, a nearly perfect mix between roasted malts and hops. I don’t get any of the sourness nor chocolate that some of the users apparently tasted. Average to decent body, medium carbonation. Top notch black IPA if you ask me!
Scopey (11395) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Kernel Brewery. It pours very dark brown, with a big beige head. The nose is sweet caramel, treacle, pine and roasted malt. The taste is caramel, coffee liqueur, syrup, pine, roasted malt, toast, burnt wood, pepper, tar and alcohol warmth, with a bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation and slightly syrupy mouth-feel. Tasty.
Stuu666 (9279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is roasted coffee, tropical fruit, taste is similar, chocolate, dry.
Fin (9175) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Kernel Brewery, Bermondsey, London, 07.01.12 in company of Loz, plus friends (neighbours) Nick, Anna, Barry & Lynn, also Ang, Thomas and then a number of brewers here today. Black maybe not totally black but getting that way, with a filmy head. You get a good rub of citrus across the mouth initially with this beer. Nice bittersweet balance, bit thrusting bitterness and a move towards dryness at the end, but it is the very decent citrus flavours that I like, I mostly get grapefruit but with maybe a slight pithy lemon going on also. Marvellous beer. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from...the fridge. Black indeed with a fine, thick cappuccino head. Aroma a cocktail of great things; blackcurrant, mango, Rubicon, cracked black pepper and papaya. Overpoweringly, a soft, perfumed tropical fruit note. Wow. Black IPA slanted more towards the IPA than the black; soapy hop front gathering bagfuls more blackcurrant, mango. Light burnt finish with touches of blackened husk. Then grapefruity. Up The Kernel.
tderoeck (7598) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
14/I/2012 33cl bottle @ RBBWG 2012 - BB: n/a (2012-50) Thanks to Antoine for bringing the bottle!
Pretty cloudy caramel coloured beer, small beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: cheesy, stinky feet, sweet fruits, overripe fruits, some pineapple, pepper. MF: soft to no carbon, full body. Taste: pretty sour start, lemony, pineapple, lychee, ripe banana. Aftertaste: passion fruits, some pineapple, bitter finish but still fruity. Very nice.
SaintMatty (6470) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Soap, pine, liquorice and chocolate in the aroma. Hoppy, roasted and slightly soapy taste with notes of chocolate, liquorice and roasted malt.
berkshirejohn (5685) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle from Westholme Stores. Pours a pleasant looking deep ruby brown colour with a thin beige head; lots of mango fruit aroma; soft and fruity to start with some underlying pine resin and well-burnt toast; the finish is long and hoppy (of course) without being too aggresive, making this an approachable, easy-drinking beer.
ClubGonzo (5107) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Bottle, shared with Beer Geek Tasting Crew @ "Best Before Last Summer Tasting 2013". Dark brown body, small white head. Nose is licorice, burnt sugar, herbal notes and hints of resin. Taste is licorice, burnt sugar, resin, oxidized dark fruits and some lingering bitter notes in the finish. Hints of dark chocolate. Medium body, soft carbonation. Ok, but sadly another case of overaging. Our bad.
Beersiveknown (4820) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home thanks to DanTheMan278!
Those NZ hops really make themselves known on the nose. There’s gooseberry and watermelon plus a touch of citra mango. Plenty of bitterness too...mouth drying but too moreish to stop for water. Lots of citrus -satsumas maybe? plus more of the aforementioned fruit. A slight touch of dark malt asserts itself as toast but this beer is all about the hops. Gentle carbonation and medium mouthfeel.