jonno (2325) - JAPAN - APR 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Huge beer that drinks like a hoppy imperial stout. The hops are really leafy and green and the chocolate malt body is a delight. Highly skillful.
Nocturne (786) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at PSBH, Manchester. Black with thin tan head. Zingy citrus candy, red fruit, liquorice hints from the malt. Big bitter bite. Definitely the most interesting hop experience I’ve had in some time. Carb is a bit high. Good stuff, sticks to the black IPA formula but these galaxy hops clearly give it something unique.
minutemat (1631) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Port Street Beer House, Manchester. Resinous hops, molasses, raisins, plums, cocoa and a real intriguing depth of character. Nice.
jinroh (354) - ESTONIA - APR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Goodbeer Faucets, Shibuya. Pours pitch black with a small foam head - that is leaving a beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma - first it feels like a bubble bath, sweet and candy-like, lively. Later roast malt profile emerges with some hop freshness. Taste is like a proper black IPA should have - it has a good balance of roast malt bitterness, bitter chocolate and molasses - balanced with fragrant hopped bitterness. Some pine needles and even a bit resiny. Nicely balanced and very well made. Great beer to sip, it took me an hour to finish a pint.
Garrold (1332) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Port Street Beer House, Manchester. Dark brown. Thick, bubbly, tan head. Flora. Light herb. Leathery maltiness. Hint of black fruit. Taste is light cocoa dry. Light bitterness. Very nice, although a bit too much carbonation.
Jow (2155) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at The Jeffrey. Pours deep dark brown with big head that dissipates quickly. Nose is chocolate and slight sour milk in a good way. Rates of plums, licorice, chocolates, roasted malt. Creamy mouthfeel and light chalk after tastes. Pretty nice beer
KansaiBeerLvrs (2048) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Rakuten that was a slow gusher. A pitch black pour with a huge fizzy beige head. Great staying power & giant foamy lacing coats the glass. The aroma is musty dank oily resin with some light fruity citrus notes. Medium to medium-light bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. The taste is top knotch, hop resin + pine bitterness, big chocolate punch from the malts before ending with a fruity citrus bite. A truly great Black IPA that is exactly what I want from this style, both hops & dark malt notes.
Ragnampiza (424) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from ArtigianBeer, served in a pint glass. Dark brown, with some red tinges, and a nice, frothy and persistent light beige head. Dank and hoppy aroma, citrus, tropical fruits, resin, pine needles, with just a hint of roasted malts. Much more "dark" in the mouth, with notes of coffee and chocolate emerging slowly after the first few sips. Light astringency, and moderate bitterness, quite balanced aftertaste with both resiny and coffee notes. Unfortunately a bit too much carbonated, light to medium body and creamy texture. Expected a bit more, but a solid beer, no doubts about that.
molly75 (300) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
ASPETTO: color nero senza sfumature, schiuma color nocciola, abbondante, media finezza, buona persistenza. OLFATTO: dominano nettamente profumi luppolati di natura resinosa, pino, erba, un piccolo spazio per inflessioni agrumate - frutta tropicale, lasciando in sordina i malti torrefatti, che contribuiscono solo per dare un certo contrappeso con un leggerissimo caffettato e cioccolato. GUSTO: amara fin da subito con sapori terrosi, un leggero tocco acidulo fruttale che conduce ad una seconda fase dove l’amaricante aumenta con note maggiormente erbali e resinose, lasciando la bocca allappata. alcol si fa notare nel deglutire in gola. TEXTURE: corpo medio , mantiene una certa morbidezza nonostante una elevata carbonazione COMMENTO FINALE: una black ipa per puristi dove la luppulatura domina fortemente nelle sue note più spinte , con un generale effetto ruvido; d’altra parte si trova una alcolicità un po’ più carica del previsto che affiora nettamente nel finale, un corpo rotondo e la carbonazione tende ad essere sovredosata . ben fatta ... per il resto è questione di gusti.
TimE (3183) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color. Big molasses and hoppy nose. The mouth is very rich and roasty with big malt backbone complimented by aggressive hops. More malt accented and fairly rich. Molasses and roasted malts a very strong but balanced and very enjoyable brew. Not the typical hop bomb bipa. Nice.