OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from the bottle at Kelly Ryanís Thornbridge Tasting at the Malthouse. A beer that traces its ancestry back to New Zealand in more ways than one. Aroma features a huge vibrant citrus hop character with some rich dark chocolate and espresso notes sitting in behind. In the mouth the beer is rich and chocolaty with a big pronounced resinous orange character and a big and strangely pleasing musty orange note (Sorachi hops Iím told) and a long dry Jaffa finish.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 A Mes rate. Mini cask at Chris Oís Kook Fest tasting.
Very dark brown with a thin bubbly beige head. Good dark fruit and chocolate character from the malt and an equally pleasing tropical and grassy hit from the hops. Somehow they never quite blend together though. Both good no doubt Iím just not sure that the Sorachi and Sauvin sit quite right with the darkness. Good but Iíve certainly had better from Thornbridge.
nutpea (17) - , NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First glance and I thought I was about to get the taste of a stout. Smelt like black current soothers (the only thing good about having a sore throat really)! The taste sensation that ensued was amazing, very hoppy and choc malt balanced well together. Something different and that is what one has come to expect from Thornbridge Brewery and I hope this becomes a regluar beer from them.
evergreen0199 (1748) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at White Horse Old Ale Fest 2009. Black pour with a slight tan head. Tastes hoppy, bitter, slight chocolate. Iíve never heard of a black IPA. Pretty good and rather unique.
Charlieboy (56) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 Tried at the Devonshire cat, Sheffield. Pours very black with a tan head, Fruity blackberry aroma with grassy hops juicy malt body with hints of coffee and orange. Long bitter finish like eating dark chocolate, amazing beer, iíve never drunk anything like it in 50 years. tried again recently, smells a little different from when i first tried it, smells really good!
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mini cask amny thanks to Phil_L at chris_oís "smash Kookís granny tasting". Alround rating: Good citrusy hop character, grapefruit and lemon coming through, its has a nice balanced flavour profile but is defo bitter side of balance. I kept going back for this and eventually gave up on rating sna started hitting chrisís whiskey collection with this as a chaser. Nice one!
harrisoni (12449) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a mini cask at the Chriso Kook European holiday tasting. Thanks to Phil Lowry via Kelly at the brewery for this one. I took a litre or so home with me to drink on the train. Good hoppy beer, no matter what the colour is. The same typical Thornbridge drinkability. The malts are a little bit like a schwarz beer i suppose. The hops are good. Tasty and balanced, but still pronounced. I liked it.