Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Rake, 9th Jan 2011 and many bottles since. Deep chestnut brown with a small persistent line of magnolia head. Somewhat earthy hop nose. Flavour has dark fruits, leather, resin. As it warms, caramel and raisin come through more on the nose. Really drinkable, really enjoyable. Great stuff.
Ungstrup (28235) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. A hazy brown beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of straw, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, straw, and hops. I find it boring. Thanks yespr for sharing.
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Thanks to chriso
Muddy brown colour with tan head. Pretty good stuff here. Woody, hoppy, toasty with notes of cinnamon roll. Good dark malty, yet slightly light bodied with woody hops and cinnamon roll again. Low-medium bitterness.
TheJestersBeer (1912) - SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, with a white head.
Hoppy, herbal aroma, roasted malts, grapefruit, juniper.
Dry, medium bodied, medium to high bitterness.
Very hoppy taste, roasted malts, grapefruit, spruce, grapefruit, hints of smoke. (2011-08-04)
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the brewery. Nearly completely black, huge tan head. Aroma of dark roast coffee, dark cocoa, Christmas trees. Taste is burnt espresso, dark chocolate liqueur. Very silly and wonderful mouthfeel. Exactly what a black IPA ought to be.
DanielBrown (3600) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at 7.2% from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Delicious smell - jelly tots and sugared hops. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but the flavour is pretty good: crispy hops - rich and fresh; followed by a gentle roasty throat coat, which lingers nicely. Very light for the abv, but very tasty indeed.
KyotoLefty (5794) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at CPK, Kernel event. Nice fruit, med hops, not too bitter, citrus, tropical, a bit of rounded sweet chocolate and dark plums. I suppose that I wouldn’t know it was black if i was blind. Barely dark. Wow, this is a black IPA that I like, not just a raunchily hopped porter.
wyzzywyz22 (1842) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a murky muddy brown colour with a mid sized lingering tan head. Aroma was dark malts, hops, summer fruits and yeast. Great fullish mouthfeel. Flavour was a winning amalgamation of the above elements with some great hoppage and tasty fruit notes in addition to some roast and dark chocolate notes. Plenty to admire here and a really enjoyable brew.
phredrik (998) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kris Wines. Pours murky chocolate brown with a nice khaki head. Aroma is nicely balanced between roast and hops. Coffee and burnt grain mixing subtly in with piney and pineappley hops. Taste is very nice. Lots of roast with liquorice and coffee and burnt caramel. Bitter citric and piney hops with a twist of orange. Burned caramel, liquorice and hoppy bitterness in the after taste. A prime example of a black IPA.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Craig for sharing this bottle. A lovely beer indeed! A dark brown beer with a large tan head. Fruity nose, pine, citrus and pineapple notes. Tastes a little of coffee with a big roasted malt / barley flavour. Oily mouthfeel with lingering bitterness. Great balance between the malt and citrusy, fruity hops.