VastActiv (4002) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend 2015. Originally rated 28032015. Colour is black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, sweetness, some lactoce and roasted malts.
Beergaard (236) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch blach beer with a nice beige and long lasting head. Aroma is sweet and kind of soapy with notes of chocolate. Pretty thich and creamy mouthfeel - not overly complex but nonetheless quite well ballanced between bitter and sweet. Lingers for a while - very drinkable.
Unde (594) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black beer with beige head on top. Aroma has roasted malts, coffee and some chocolate. Taste has roasted malts and some sweetness. A bit light taste with not that much components. Full body and carbonation was medium.
GenDV138 (3558) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of roast, pencil shavings, light dark fruit. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, sweet milk. Medium body with a dry finish. Okay.
AirForceHops (4702) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased this 330 ml bottle at a random Liquor store in Tampa, (can’t remember the name) pitch black with thin off white head. Aroma is real nice. Roasted malts, roasted coffee bean, and a light oak type / earth note.
The body is fuller with a smooth, creamy texture, exactly what I what in the style. The flavor has a larger hop presence that I was not expecting. Really caught me off guard with the level of bitterness. The roasted malt and coffee is here with the balance of the bitterness. The hop variety gives a subdued citrus note. The hope profile can’t be ignored. But the major plus side is this bottle didn’t sit around forever on the shelf. Without a doubt this is better than average and any stout lover or Black IPA fan should enjoy this beauty.
spacecube (1378) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle, pours black with a foam tan head. Aroma is full of roasted malts, with lots of citrus hop, zesty and tangy in the middle. Body is thin for a stout, the lactose doesn’t fill this out as much as I would expect, has the feel of a black IPA, a good one though. Bitter, short finish with soft carbonation.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Above average for the style, but flawed, at least in the case of this bottle. Falls down on the mouthfeel. A distractedly quick pour gave an inch of charcoal brown body and four inches of rocky foam. A more traditional balance developed in less than a minute. Rich aroma of dark chocolate, cappuccino and port. Surprisingly thin in the body, considering the brewer’s stated intention. May have lost condition in the bottle or somewhere on the voyage to Oz. Rather than fluffy, this one was slick with very muted carbonation. Didn’t really flatter the style. Sweet and milky - can taste the lactose. Good bitterness. Sweet chocolate, vanilla. Minor disappointment. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars. BB 1/7/19)
Nevalainen (273) - FINLAND - MAR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is black with brown head. Aroma is citrus, roasty and coffee. Taste is a bit sweet and with bitter finish. Nice balance. Very good.
martin00sr (1628) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with lightbtan head. Piney grapefruit aroma with chocolate notes. Sweetish chocolate and passionfruit flavour. Thick and fluffy mouthfeel, long bitter finish.
MiP (14488) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 7%. Very roasted aroma, some citric aroma hop. Black colour. Big stable dark brown head. The flavour is nicely citric. Has a piney, citric, and jammy hop note. The malt is sweetish and nicely roasted.