JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Cask at Barley’s Mini Real Ale Fest on 5/12/12. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Roasty nose with piney and grassy hops, along with some citrus. Creamy and roasty malt flavor with a grassy and earthy hop finish. Usually not a big fan of English hoppy beers, but this was quite nice.
chrisv10 (12498) - DENMARK - MAY 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ DØE Syd. Very dark brown/amber with medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, hops, citrus and grapefruit. Flavour is light roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, little sweet, medium bitter and pine.
77ships (5179) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50 cl. bottle @ home // A: dark brown with a lightly tanned head // S: yes Sorachi Ace & Nelson Savignon (which I only picked up after tasting it, I am really getting bitter kiwi now, lots of awesome hops (I really like those two), chcocolate malts, flowers, utterly awesome // T & B: light chocolate malts, only downer about this is that the body is kind of grainy upfront & not as thick as I would love but, chocolate malts, blueberries, immediately got Sorachi Ace & Savignon, not sure how Centinal taste like, maybe I picked it up, bitter kiwi, white grapes, some melon, touch eartly sweet Sorachi, flowers, candy, nuts, I adore these hops in here, spend 10 min. cursing about how awesome this was at first, if not for the body, which is a small minus, I would worship this, man, those hops, especially how they work here, Thornbridge makes phenomenal IPA’s & this … dear lord … ridiculous amount of cursing in English, Dutch, French, Russian,… <3 Thornbridge // Dry-hopped Version Cask @ ACBF 2012 // A: black with a tanned, touch red head // S: lots of hops, grapefruit & Nelson // T: bitter coffee, chocolate malts, bitter cold coffee, followed by bitter grapefruit hops, touch fruity // B: touch lighter than bottle version // Dry-hoppped version, the incredible balance of hops that I adored is lost here, bottle version is way better // great stuff here
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Bottle from @stirchleywines, Birmingham. Big foamy head, initial aroma of caramel and piney hops, then citrus. Black as night. Flavour of citrus hops and a lasting bitterness. Good example of Black IPA.
saxo (14702) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, roast malt, rich hops, caramel and nuts.
Dogbrick (9320) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask version at Barley’s 9th Annual Mini RAF (05/12/12): Pours nearly black with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of citrus, hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of grapefruit, piney hops and English-type malts. The finish is mildly bitter with a fruity hops aftertaste. Decent overall.
fugitive (1645) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Color brown with big brown head. Aroma malt, caramel, hop. Taste sweet, hop, alcohol, bitter, fruity.
Beerofthedeath (28) - - MAY 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color marrón oscuro con espuma blanca persistente. Aroma a roasted malts, chocolate y lúpulos florares. Buena compensación de maltas tostadas con los lúpulos, con un final dulce y amargo.
NikkTwist (1962) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Draft at Khyber Pass. Dark brown that started with a large foamy head. Far maltier than most Black IPAs. Dark fruit. Devil’s food cake. Liquorice root. Blackberries. Hops have an earthy spicy character. Body reads a bit thin, but the flavors are solid.
ClubGonzo (4610) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep red/brown body with a big creamy off-white head. Nose is dense, grassy notes of "noble hops" (Challenger, perhaps?) heather, herbs and hints of something catty...fur, perhaps? Peculiar, but in a very nice way. Taste is intensely grassy, with leather, soy, herbs and hints of coffee. Full body, medium carbonation yet easy to drink. It’s just so refreshing to drink a BIPA hopped properly with *british* hops, as opposed to the American versions which I actually find a bit boring after a while. Very nice and original, and highly recommended both for education and enjoyment! :-) Best from Thornbridge IMO this far.