Patjeadam (54) - NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing black ipa. A real grower. Beautiful roasted smell. Some nice light fruits appear. First taste bitter - tropical fruits - heavy yet light. Easy drinkable. Demands more. The roasted malts settle in an amazing marriage with the fruits. Amazing!
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JanLaursen (2732) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaske,375 ml. Brunsort, cremet lysebrunt skum. Dufter heftigt af vådt træ. Og let sødlig mørk chokolade. Chardonnay. Salt-lakrids. Cola-frugt? Fyldig, hårdtristet og bitter. Træ. Trods fadet og de ristede noter stadig en black ipa. Og overraskende nok næsten bedre end originalen. Ren meditation.
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.
Bov (9077) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draught@Erzbierschof - black beer under a robust and long lasting dark beige foam; very roasted mocha aroma, hints of ashes and nuts, light woody; rounded sweet maltiness, very earthy and hugely bitter; notes oflicorice, wood and black chocolate, tar, walnuts and a hint of fruitiness - complex and pretty aggressive, very interesting
angel77 (536) - 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.
mjakopa (176) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - APR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with decent head that lingers for a while. Good lacing. Aroma is hoppy and some hints of fruits. Alcohol is not present although it’s there. Also some hints of the Chardonnay are present. Body is slightly sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste is very strong hoppy bitterness that ends quite quickly. A very tasty and well balanced Black IPA.
Jorn69 (562) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Mikkeller & Friends, Köpenhamn 14/9. Smaken kommer efter ett litet tag, men vilken smak! Kaffe, choklad, rostade toner. God.
HopRedHead (322) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor Gallery of Beer. Pours pitch black with an off-white head and heavy lacing. Upfront aroma of coffee, resin and a bit of lemon zest on the back. First taste isn’t too dissimilar to the original Black Maria, however a sweet lemon meringue note lingers at the back of the palate on the way down. Adds a nice dry zest from the chardonnay barrels. Bitterness is well balanced.
SlackerMads (1259) - 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.
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.