Idiosynkrasie (6054) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Clear red ruby glowing darkest brown colour with average to huge, frothy to creamy, moderately lasting and lacing, beige head. Piney, herbal and minimally grassy hop aroma, spicy dark malty background. Taste is minimally biting bitter hoppy, roasty dark malty basis. Mild, relatively light body, good integration of the malt and hop flavours.
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nicely-made black ipa. Taste is roasted but not overly so. The moutfeel is less fizzy than the IPA and therefore lends the beer a bit more gravity. Oh and it’s tasty.
Gramoit (388) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the local Taphouse Darlinghurst: Pours like a black IPA tastes like a black IPA. Quite hoppy initially, especially compared to some others of this style however the roasty flavours are never too far away. Also has quite a bitter finish. Enjoyed it, however there are many better Black IPAs.
Theydon_Bois (16227) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Euston Tap, 12/06/13.
Mahogony brown with a medium sized light tan head. Good lacing ensues.
Nose is ripe tropical fruits, hops, grapefruit, light pine, mineral notes.
Taste comprises juicy hope, bitter grapefruit, pine bite, orange pith, dusting of cocoa, light roast.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, hop bitterness in the finish.
A decent CDA.
Abrakarl (409) - SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weak aroma, IF any. Looks nice though bit I don’t feel The hops much. Møre stout-like. Not that fun actually.
flying_pig (1381) - SCOTLAND - JUN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.00):
Hoppy with some pine and citrus notes along with a touch of grapefruit. This is followed up but some toasted, darker style malts and a hint of coffee. I could detect some sweetness, a little bit of bitter and a few background fruits competing for notice along with some faint chocolate and light tropical fruits.
Deep mahogany that, almost black & a thumb sized, thick looking, foamy head on top that holds pretty well before eventually settling as a thick looking, light brown lacing.
Citrus and pine hops along with bitterness and a sweet malt taste. There is some darker malts from the nose, some grapefruit as well and a well balanced, bitter finish with hints of light chocolate and toasted malts.
Medium body and a smooth, creamy feel with plenty of bitterness in the dry, citrus infused finish with lively carbonation.
Nice pine and bitter hops backed up with some toasted malts and the background chocolate and coffee that is subtle but definitely noticeable. A really nice beer and one that goes down far too easily.
Pyrmir (5318) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, rated from backlog. Near-black with small tan head. Aroma and taste is grassy and hoppy, a bit roasted, malty, full and rich, some fruit. Very nice bipa
ogivlado (7040) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Ljubljanski Festival Piva, Slovenia. Almost black coloured, medium sized pale beige head, fruity hoppy nose. Light roasted malt, mild fruity, moderate hoppy and some caramel with pleasant bitter grapefruity hoppy finish. Really nice surprise.
hopbomber (92) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice spicy hoppy aroma, flavour is oranges star anise hop bitterness malts nice lingering bitterness. Good.
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home ... deep black red brown ... small thin tan head ... soft toffee roast ... dark dry roast ... rich chocolate ... soft lime hop nose ... mellow roast malts ... lightest charcoal ... dark roast ... chewy malts ... light ... big pine .. oily hops ...softest pineapple .. soft smooth and rounded ... nice nice nice.