arjoseph (640) - 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.
rayaron (613) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear deep brownish with medium beige head. The aroma is very creamy and hoppy, notes of garlic, floral, some fruitiness and citrus, notes of roasted malt, a bit soapy with hint of licorice. Very complex flavor, hoppy, somewhat buttery, grassy, notes of roasted malt and citrus, soapy, moderate bitterness. Moderate carbonation, medium to full-bodied. Excellent.
zvsn (943) - ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond shop. Pours brown-black with a big beige head and beautiful lacing. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, tropical fruits and grapefruit. Starts sweet with notes of caramel, coffee, more green hops with high bitterness, a bit of buttery notes (Sorachi hops?). Medium-bodied, oily, nice and complex.
Bov (10285) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from Drinks of the World - hazy very dark brown beer with a long lasting beige foam; toasted biscuity maltiness and notes of red fruity hops; very creamy palate, full-bodied, decently bitter; aftertaste of mocha and brushwoods; dusty
caesar (5678) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Kaapse Fest, small sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of a bit of roast, some oatmeal cookie, grassy hop, bit funky notes. Soft bitterness, some roast, bit dry. Ok.
Maakun (1327) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Kaapse festival. Clear brown with light beige head. Coffee, roasted malts and light ash, bitter herbal hops with a citrus touch towards the finish. Light sweet with medium bitterness. Light to medium bodied with dry feel
GlassBrass440 (251) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby red with eggshell head. Pure IPA with floral, and citrusy hops on the nose. Flavours bring more pine and citrus with an addition of tropical fruits. Hints of chocolate malt make for a nice accent, while a bready malt character keeps a good balance.
freretoc (1081) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bue en bouteille de 50cl à la brasserie,
couleur ambrée brune, mousse blanche et effervescence moyenne,
fin de nez sur le houblon.
En bouche attaque sur le malt caramélisé et la noix de coco.
klm1 (389) - - APR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with fine beige head. Aroma of citrus, pine hops, oranges. Pineaplles. Taste is similar with sweet notes of barley malts, roasted dark chocolate and hoppy finish, which lasting in aftertaste. Overall very good Black IPA, I still prefer a little higher abv.
imdownthepub (11197) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, 500ml from S.H.Jones in Banbury. Very dark brown with cream head. There are plenty of dark roasted malty notes happening in the body of the beer, liquorice, slightly tarry but not overly so. It’s probably the beers greatest strength is the restraint of not overdoing any particular element. The hops are abundant, zesty, clean with tropical fruit and citrus flavours, but again, not dominating. It is a joy to drink, well brewed sirs.
beer-yum (777) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enticing passion-citrus aroma in a coke coloured pour. Hop forward flavour is an excellent example of the style and leaves one wanting another for sure.