dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black and looks thick with a small off white head. Nose is candy and caramel, small degree of hops but not what I would expect from a black IPA. Taste is a good amount of hop bitterness with a decent sweetness for balance, perhaps this is my first english style black IPA? It seems a bit more malty. Light body, crisp and clean. This beer is very good.
MaartenRF10 (1453) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark, almost black with red glow and beige fading head. Nice balance off hops and malts, with some caramel and black fruits. Nice soft body.
erickok (3050) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark clean brown and a nice tan head. Aroma is very nice, malty but enough hops for sure. Mango and more. Taste is funky, balanced overall with some sharp notes. Nice smooth body. Very good, especially for a black ipa. (At the De Molen brewery tasting.)
Vaiz (3115) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at monthly tasting @ De Molen. 6.9% abv, BBE 07-07-13. Clear dark brown to reddish pour. Aroma is fruity, some tea, a hint of pine. Flavor is bitter, somewhat malty for an IPA, very nice balance.
wheresthepath (1427) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle from The Bottle Shop, Canterbury] Dark brown with a moderate beige head and a slight fizz. It’s dry, but leaves some stickiness on your lips. Nice fresh floral aroma with plenty of pine and some grapefruit hints. In the mouth the flowers rather take over - almost too much so at times, giving the impression of drinking pot pourri. It’s all about the hoppy IPA, and the "black" part contributes little more than a faint roasty bitterness in the background. On balance, I did really enjoy this - but there’s room for improvement, and it’s not a patch on Thornbridge Raven.
Beersiveknown (2395) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrus and pine resin on the nose, well carbonated. Fruity bitterness up front with a slight suggestion of chocolate malt. Dark mahogany, beige foam head.
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First impression was what sort of IPA is this black’, until I noticed the small print. Smells like IPA which to me is hops, and more hops. Great taste, bitter ale and sweetness in snap balance. To be IPA the interesting thing is that the main aromas are around malt family. I’m not sure if this is a great example of this type beer, but as a beer this is good.
thomat (1845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
hazy, reddish brown with a small, off white head. Hoppy with spicy tones. Malt, spices and hops. Medium to full body with a long, bitter finish.
Fin (6902) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Jacks, Westholme Stores, Goring on Thames, Oxon. Consumed at home 16th November 2011 (my birthday) Soft in mouth with wonderful juicy, fruity, hoppy carnival of flavours going on. Lovely bittersweet balance. Dark brown with light beige head, tasty beer that slips down a treat. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8
CraftBeerNick (709) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at home, 12th November. Pours to form a reasonable head, black in colour, hoppy fruity and aromatic in aroma, this is following through in the taste which is a perfect balance and mouthful. Fantastic beer to savour