dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Great Grog. Black pour, medium tan head. Some tropical fruit, hop resin, hint of roast malt nose. Really smooth, well-structured palate. Full, roasty malt flavours but balanced with a good dose of fruity hops. Nothing harsh though, really smooth mouthfeel and a bitter but balanced finish. Amazing stuff.
Martin243 (742) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first experience of a Black IBA, and I loved it. Beautiful balance of mocha chocolate maltiness and IPA hoppy biterness. Full bodied without being cloying, not overpowerringly bitter, full of juicy flavour. Try the first chance you get.
DutchDrebus (3863) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opague, dark brown to black colour with a firm white head. Smells hoppy, bitter and dark fruits. Tastes bitter, hoppy and like black berries. Great carbo, full body.
superflyguy (422) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 fantastic! my first oxymoronic beer, but what a joy! I think I have found my new favourite style.
Pours a slightly syrupy back, with a sooty tinged head. Aroma is an amazing mix of sharp cirtus and floral hops backed with a hint of raosty malt. the flavour really has so much going on, all of the above and slight vanilla, chocolate. but each flavour is complementary and it doesnít taste mucky! a lovely twang of bitterness to finish
Iíll be stocking up!
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this - itís too roasty to be a pure black IPA but the hop selection balances the roastiness perfectly. Awesome beer.
BenH (2162) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle. I really wanted to like this. I tried really hard to like this but the sorachi ace hops Iím afraid are disgusting. This is a well made beer, lovely malt, good level of bitterness but man, sorachi ace is rank. Good qualities are the piney, resinous, fruity hops which come through but then thereís the distinctive cack of sorachi. Nice roasty, chocolatey malts but then bang, sorachi. Canít dig on this
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has grass, mandarins, some malts. Dark, brown-black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is bitter, has roast, grass and mandarins again. Medium bodied. Nice.
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with a thick tan head. Aromas of both hops and citrus fruits, with chocolate and roasted malt supporting. The flavour had fruits, hops, chocolate and malt. Nice beer.
Benzai (7287) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at hotel Bodegraven, shared with Dutchdrebus and Iluvatarmilan. Very dark brown color, full light brown head. Smell hops and bitter. Taste nicely bitter, hops, slightly roasty. Decent carbo, medium body.
CraftBeerNick (837) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Port Street Beer House 28th September 2011. Better than many of the Thornbridge range, dark and potent. Worth a try