zacgillbanks (3102) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A black beer that pours with a white foamy head. It has a sweet citrus fruity and slight sugary flavour, creamy and slight chocolate notes with slight roasted notes on the finish.
garthicus (2787) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the Salt House. Appearance: Black, small mocha coloured head. Aroma: Sweet hops, citrus, perfume, herbal, lots of hops. Flavour; woah! Big hop wallop, like biting a grapefruit ! So perfume floral like, hops galore, long bitter hop finish, tremendous!
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium beige head. Clear dark red body with light carbonation. Earthy roasty fruity aroma with gooseberry notes. Dry-sweet roasty earthy dusty taste with orangey notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, oily mouthfeel. Dry orangey resiny roasty aftertaste with earthy metallic mineraly notes. Nice, drinkable, not terribly remarkable. (0.5l bottle shared with gr0ve at Crowbar, Oslo.)
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at The Birch. Big tan head on deep ruby. $%#@ ton of lace. Nose is cheesy stale DIPA, not much else- candies, lemon, cheesecloth, dust. Taste is lemon gum drops, sweet tea, cheesecloth. Not really black IPA in taste. Hints of roast, no density. Fiancť rating: 3.8
sir__v (1029) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color: dark black beer with no carbonization and small heavy ivory foam. Smell: spices, hops, malt, caramel. Taste: malt, caramel, hops. Aftertaste: nice bitterness, hops and caramel.
Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ravenous is a good word, get it in your magpie book. This has got better the further down Iíve got. I like getting down. Just donít wear jeans. Malty. Dark. Incendiary.
tuomo123 (3) - - JAN 15, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Raven Black IPA is probably the best IPA that iíve drank. Malt and hops are in perfect balance in this beer. Taste starts with aseet aroma of dark brown malt and continues to bitter and dry finish. I could drink this all night!
Desverger (3626) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle from Mr Lawrence, SE London) Pours dark brown to black with an off-white head and persistent lacing. Aroma/taste is complex fruity and hoppy with grapefruit prominence and pleasing malt character. Lovely bitter finish. Great stuff.
thirstyrabbit (1412) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown (mahogany) body with a reddish hue. Medium head. Licorice and piney hops in the aroma. Hoppy taste accompanied by some roast sharpness. Mouthfeel could be a bit richer. Semi-watery finish. A good drinking beer but not terribly exciting.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose grabs you íround the back of the neck, stares into your eyes, and snarls "Youíre gonna love me." Notes of toasted dark malt with hints of hoppy complexity in balance. Pours a deep brown with little head. You sip it and then, yup - there you go. The reason this is such a fashionable style at the moment. Everything that is warm and rich about a fine porter married with everything that is crisp and juicy in a fine IPA in a wedding that is fiery, tumultious, but ultimately balanced and harmonious. The finish is ... well it aint divorce, thatís the point. Fabulous.