superflyguy (429) - 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 doesn’t taste mucky! a lovely twang of bitterness to finish
I’ll 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 - it’s too roasty to be a pure black IPA but the hop selection balances the roastiness perfectly. Awesome beer.
BenH (2851) - 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 I’m 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 there’s the distinctive cack of sorachi. Nice roasty, chocolatey malts but then bang, sorachi. Can’t dig on this
skortila (4749) - 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 (9646) - 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 (1144) - 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
BeerCast_Rich (1903) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[500ml bottle, The Bottle, York] Pours very black with a slightly off-white head. Roasty chocolate aromas but plenty of fruity hop on the nose. Quite sweet on the taste initially before the roast arrives. Decent amount of orangey fruit on the palate before the roasted, dry tobacco finish. Really nice - quite malty for a black IPA (compared to others I’ve had), the Sorachi Ace add an unusual element. Another great new addition to their bottled lineup 
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl, new English brew Anno 2009, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex bitter brew, fruity/bitter and slightly roasted/sweet, not too heavy, very balanced, clear, good head, good brew
SheffieldSteel (115) - St Nikolai im Sausal, AUSTRIA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Strong resinous aroma with a creamy, beige head. Thick, dark colour. Taste is creamy and slightly bitter, with a hoppy sweetness and a dark (80-100%) dark chocolate taste. Carbonation minimal and with a thick texture. A very nice Black IPA, one to savour on a cold evening, with a bowl of freshly roasted chestnuts.