arjoseph (641) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap into tulip at Bar on Buena, Chicago. An IPA in disguise (kind of): it’s a dead ringer for a baltic porter or imperial stout in looks -- completely black, with a lasting, pillowy beige head. Roasty and burnt on the nose. Roasty and burnt on the sip, too, the dirty-dusty hop bitterness blending with the roastiness of the malts, making it taste almost smoked. Very pure and intense flavors. Creamy mouthfeel starts with the inch of foam on top, but continues in the silky body of the beer. The dryness and mix of flavors make me think of tamales and mole sauce. Any chocolate notes are devoid of sweetness. This would be a great pairing with particular types of food, perhaps brisket or some type of pulled meat in a mesquite sauce. Or maybe tamales and mole sauce.
aleigator (440) - GERMANY - JUL 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours as dark as the night, with a huge, stable head.
Smells of grassy, wet grass hops, together with roasted, cocoa infused malts. Has a dank, fish scale fortified undertone, with mango shining through. The hops establish a certain dankness, which creates an interesting interplay between the malty qualities of the beer and its tropical fruits.
Has a medium carbonation with a smooth yeast appearance, creating a pleasant mouthfeel. While the beer got a gentle complexity to it, it remains refreshing.
Tastes of grass enriched orange, blood orange and papaya, while an earthy maltiness sets the foundation. A metallic note from the carbonation ties the different flavours together, by providing a sharp metallic bitter whiff, as well as an earthy coppery sweetness. The finish features a dry hop impact, defined by wet grass, accompanied by roasted cocoa nibs, revealing coffee qualities. Its bitterness stays long on the palate, while being accompanied by barky coffee flavors.
Wow, very intense and extremely versatile. The hoppy part of the beer is very prominent, not only providing the typical fruits but also ice-bonbon topped wet grass. The resulting dankness blends well into the malts, due to the noteable carbonation, hops and earthen malts stay on par on the palate, creating a fantastic tasting beer.
likeatrainwreck (131) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darkest brown with big lasting tan head. Really well balanced BIPA this. The roasty malts work perfectly in harmony with the piney hops. Nice bitter finish. Very quaffable. Good stuff.
DwarfeD (1562) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle shared at home. Clear dark brown with a medium off-white. Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Well balanced bitter and sweet tones. Roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, hops and some herbs. A tasty BIPA.
waiake (407) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
delicious beer this poured dark with a great frothy lasting head theres a rich aroma of pine hops & malt the taste is citrus hoppy & bitter
kanaclane (43) - - JUN 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nez: Malt rôti, pin, fruits tropicaux
Bouche: Chocolat, pin, ananas, noix de coco
Belle attaque équilibrée entre le toasté et le fruité avec une amertume qui prend le dessus sur le toasté sur la longueur avec une sécheresse en fin de bouche.
Une très bonne BIPA
Bill Becker (536) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUN 18, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a really dark brown with reddish hues sitting under an ample head of off white foam.
Big notes of pine and roasted malt in the smell. Some chocolate of the dark variety.
Tastes even better than it smells. I get some pineapple out of the hops that are used.
Gloriously smooth on the palate and very easy drinking.
A marvelous brew!
tfredvik (1357) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very deep brown body with a large, creamy, fully lasting beige head that laces the glass excellently. Very strong aroma of roasted malt, sweet caramel, and plenty of hoppy notes of the generically fruity kind. Strong flavour that follows the aroma, with a bit more contributions from the tropics in the fruit basket. Light sweet taste with a quite heavy bitter long-lasting finish. Mid-bodied and dry on the palate. Delicious!
[sample from tap, probably shared with some guys @ Haand ølfestival, Drammen]
mt_hall (154) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. A very dark, red-brown, almost black beer with a small, light brown head. A great mixture of coffee, chocolate, pin,e and yellow fruits on the nose. A combination of sweet fruit flavours from the hops and a rich body of coffee and chocolate, followed by a very dry, slightly smoky, coffee finish. Perfect balance of flavours, warmth, and bitterness. Fantastic!
16erBlech (235) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,5l bottle at Brickmakers/Wien 7. Very tasty and drinkable BIPA (haha)...............
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MayumiH (348) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle at home. Proper hop character. Dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, roasted malts. Some dark fruit sweetness yet bitter, very well balanced and tasty. Solid.