ansalon (931) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, honey, peach, coffee, apricot, slight tartness. Taste is roasted malts, honey, coffee, peach, funk. Mouthfeel is nedium dry with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is coffee and tropical fruit with some slight tartness. Quite good!
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PotjeBier (1419) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Beer Temple. Black color. Thick, dense beige head, like whipped cream, leaving lacerings. Aroma’s: resinous, roasted, bay leaves, some fruit. Retronasale there’s more (sourish) fruit, resin, hopbitterness, some wood, bay leaves. Flavor is moderate bitter, roasted, ever so slightly vinous. Medium bodied. Finishes strongly roasted, dry, long lasting bitter. I don’t think this is the perfect type of beer for barrel aging, and it was just barely noticeable. Still a nice beer though.
sic1314 (2553) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of sweet citrus and deeply roasted malt. Medi body, flavour is sweetly vinous, roasted, light citrus.
angel77 (511) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella de 37.5 cl 22-03-2014. De cervezalandia. Color negro con espuma oscura persistente. Aromas herbáceos de lúpulo fresco bastante intensos con un toque final fresco de vinos blancos. Cuerpo intenso con 8.1 vol que se notan en todo momento haciéndose según calienta mas fáciles de beber por los sabores a vinos blancos. Sabores ligeros tostados y quemados seguidos de herbáceos de lúpulo verde bastante intensos con un amargo seco y persistente todo ello con un ligero toque fresco de vinos blancos que lo suaviza ligeramente. Muy buena amargos secos y herbáceos, quemados y tostados con un toque fresco de vino blanco.
tmzl (74) - SLOVENIA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: Pours with fantastic, huge, creamy, solid mocha head. Slow retention. Big, thick layer stays on top, leaves lots of lacing. Dark, dark brown, some carbonation visible. It puts a lot of imperial stouts to shame (on the other hand, it basically is an imp stout).
Smell: Immediately fills the room with some dark, fruity, vinous notes, tempting. Closer analysis of the smell reveals sweet roasted, milk chocolate, toffee malts combined with fresh hop notes, mostly tropical, light citrus (grapefruit) and some pine, oak combo at the end. A complex bland that somehow works very well. The malt character is well developed for the style.
Taste: At start it is the classical IPA story, fruit, grapefruit and pine hops with some toffee but the medium malt soon comes running in. It’s relatively strong, medium intensity sweetness, solid and consists of roasted and chocolate notes. It continues into relatively sharp, medium roasted, chocolaty (and a bit of coffee) bitterness with some pine and grapefruit hop bitterness combined. Both stay with you for a while, pine notes the longest. With pine lingers the oak character, grows with time.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, carbonation is suiting. Dry finish. Good sipper. Missing some of the creaminess.
Overall: Haven’t tried the non barrel version, but this one was a pleasant surprise. Malt character is well developed and works well with the hop notes. Overall end bitterness is maybe a bit too sharp but still a well developed idea, would drink it again.
antonstoop (149) - - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml. bottle poured in to a tulip. Black with a big, tanned head that fades to a thick cap. Roasted aroma with chocolate, coffee, grapefruits and fruits. The chardonnay shows as wood and tannins. Taste is bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes roasted and bitter with fruity hops. The barrel aging in this beer is rather subtle, but the white grapes and barrel shows.
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Wim (2588) - Weelde, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
shared at my home with Yves dark brown black colored body with an off white head and a spicy malt dark fruit hops aroma a spicy bitter hops malt taste with a alcholic bitter finish
SlackerMads (1238) - DENMARK - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a thick creamy light brown head. Good retention and lace. Fruity and hoppy nose with some bark/wood as well. Flavor has lots of hard roasted notes but is also quite hoppy. Lasting roasted notes in the finish, hoppy bitterness, dry. Some sweetness but overall on the bitter side. It’s been a while since I had the original, but it doesn’t strike me as very fra from it. Very nice beer anyway.
Yves (2073) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with Wim at his home. Brown colored beer with medium brownish head and no carbonation visible. Hopped floral aroma with some coffee and malty hints. Medium slight sparkling palate. Finish is hopped rather bitter. Nice one!
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large light tan head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Pine needle and grapefruit hops mix with soft toffee, black coffee and a touch of oak to create the aroma. Prickling pine needle and grapefruit hops up front give way to roasty malt and black coffee in the mid-palate. Bitter cocoa leads into dry, slightly spicy chardonnay in the finish. This is a very nice, complex black IPA, highly enjoyable. Kudos for the Clash reference too.