RichTheVillan (2901) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; cards on the table I’m scared to add a new beer so I’m reviewing a retired one with a different ABV, ok dark brown pour velvet beige head, pine and roasted malt hop, pine comes through in the taste but not as massive, dominated by roasted malts, I’m enjoying this greatly but the taste doesn’t match the aroma, oh it has a zizzy carbonation.
chimpgibbon (309) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the Beerhive. 6.5%. Bottled just over 2 weeks ago. Thin head. Very balanced nose. Funk, ripe fruit, little caramel, cough syrup. Taste is very nuanced after 2 bottles, super brief lemon zing then cheesy tart hoppy fruit. A touch o coffee in the middle somewhere. Lovely fresh palate, perfect carbonation. Wow.
MannyGoldberg (160) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at Stormbird- 17th August. Disappointing compared to previous versions. Lots of roasty notes but less piney hops than I've come to expect from this series.
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yiannnos (867) - , CYPRUS - AUG 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black colour, Hoppy citrus pine notes along with chocolatey roastiness, nice black ipa, but had better.
Osprey87 (1707) - WALES - MAR 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014
Dec 2012 - This is a great black IPA. Sweet pineapple and resin, rich hoppiness balanced perfectly against some soft dark malts. Big flavours up front, giving way to a softly bitter aftertaste. My girlfriend said ’sweet and tropical’. (4.3)
Aug 2013 - (Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, Zeus, 6.5%) 3 week old bottle. Black with foamy ring of head. Smells roasty, smokey. Taste is roasted barley, some mint, smoke, maybe a little chocolate (although I was eating chocolate with it, so my palate might be off). None of the sweetness or tropical fruit that I enjoyed so much the first time around. It’s like a totally different beer. (3.6)
Mar 2014 - (Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, 6.3%) Just over 1 month old bottle. Black, foamy magnolia head, some thin lacing. Aroma - hoppy citrus. Body - medium, carbonation medium, slightlly foamy. Taste - toned down grassy Simcoe, toffee Centennial, background caramel. Good balance. Nicely made, without being spectacular. (3.6)
Habanero (2619) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours deep brown with a medium sized tan head. Leaving a fair lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, peach, citrus and licorice notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and solid bitter. Medium bodied, oily text and soft CO2. An excellent black IPA. ★★★★
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from somewhere uninteresting. I love this, this is, to my mind, the nicest black ipa I have had. well tasty.
visionthing (2733) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Port Street Beer House, Manchester. Black (or very dark reddish brown) with an off-white to beige head. Hoppy! Aroma of pine, citrus, herb and malt with some roasty notes and caramel. Sweet and hoppy with a nice citrussy bitterness in the finish. The hoppy IPA aromas is quite dominating, the black parts are more modest. Refreshing and delicious! (2013-01-26)
worldbeertaste (1636) - AUSTRIA - JAN 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Under the light it has some brown but mostly it looks black with a fizzy tan, lasting but just a thin ring head. Lots of hops on the nose. Citrus grapefruit, pine and grass with roasted malt, caramel. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. Crisp. Tastes of hops and fruit. Sweet peach and malt at first with a bitter hop grass dry citrus pine finish. Every time I go to smell it I can’t help bit take a sip. The smell and the taste are so similar. Leaves the mouth sour and citrus filled. A great drink and a solid IPA. Not as much dark malt or roast as I would have expected though.
Finn (4201) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
6,5%. Flaske 0,33l spandert av Rune under rateseanse i H9 2 Jan 13. Ekstremt dyp amber. Gjørmete. Høyt skum som danner gropform. God, litt tung fruktaroma. Smaken er sitrus. Svakt bitter syrlig ettersmak.