rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle, pitch black color, with a bubbly tan head, mild sweet chocolatey, semi-sweet chocolate baking bar, chocolate cake, chocolate pudding nose, with a chocolate, black, roasted, toasted malty accent, and with a light floral leafy, grassy, piney hop, black coffee note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice sweet dark chocolate, black coffee, molasses, flowery leafy, grassy, piney hop character, with some burnt fruitcake, roasted, black, chocolate, toasted maltiness, brownie, minty, mocha flavours, and with a chocolate cake, chocolate cookie undertone, leading towards a warming chocolatey, chocolate cake, bitter chocolate, roastiness, lingering piney, cedary, coniferous hop bitterness finish.
patricks110 (1857) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Did not expect this after the abomination of hophead red. A beautiful purely opaque black, huge roasted malts and a sweet chocolate note. Not too hopped up but quite bitter on the finish. Not well balanced but a solid session brew.
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. Very dark brown pour, big tan head. Dark roasted chocolate malts and citrus hop aromas. Dark bitter chocolate malt and bitter hops blend together in the taste very well. Body is full, but not heavy. Overall, this really worked and was very enjoyable. This had the best qualities of imperial stouts and IPAs.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
May 3, 2012 - with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel. Bomber c/o gregclow. Pours deep black-ruby, smallish creamy frothy tan head. Aroma is a little vegetal up front, even with a swirl, but also roast coffee bean, some cream, plenty of herbal bitterness (7-). Taste - just okay; not vegetal, but a tad treacle-sweet, still some coffee, but the bitterness seems a bit burnt, forced and generic (7-) - some alcohol, somewhat dry. Thin, syrupy body, weak carbonation, starts sticky burnt malt and finishes generic burnt-bitter, plus a bit boozy. Ehhh -
MarkoR (615) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650mL bottle from LCBO. Poured a black colour with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malts. Nice nose. Third and surprisingly good beer I try from this BC shop. Will look out for more!
Frothmeister (614) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown with a beige head. Smells pretty incredible. Cocoa up front, followed by molasses, dried fruit, alcohol, and resinous hops. The taste is more on on the molasses side of things, with dried fruit, faint cocoa, woody notes, and a little soapiness to the hops in the bitter finish. Huge flavours all over. It’s not easy to find black IPA’s in Ontario. I wish there were more available, because goddammit, I love ’em.
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: solid with good depth. leafy , acidic tartness with fig , olive and wood. Mellow herbal feel with positive alcohol.8-
Look: clear dark brown with medium tanned , beige , somewhat creamy cap.4-
Taste etc.: medium full bodied. Very nice blend of dark notes with smooth silky notes wrapped in bitter veil. Alcohol well inbound. Mature brew. Slight roast at finsih. Yummy.
rodenbach99 (3397) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 650ml achetée à TO. par Patrick, Superbe bière noire avec une belle couche de mousse beige. Le nez est de café, de chocolat, de houblons. La bouche offre une belle amertume, du chocolat, une rondeur de l’alcool. Impressionnante.
OntBeerDrinker (465) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big tall glass used. 3 Finger head and away from glass jet black,but some red parts by light. Smell reminds me of mill streets coffee porter a bit. Taste the head seems mocha,cappacino like and then I get this roasted dark beer taste and something that makes me relise its strong but its not a boosy taste. Then a moment later the hops start to fill the belly and you taste them a tad i guess but this taste more like a strong % roasted porter then anything IPA. Pleasently surprisded. Good stuff cheers! :) :P
neongolden (680) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(650mL bottle from the LCBO) Poured cool, the colour of medium roast coffee with a moderate beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, bit of wood, soya, faint grassy hops. An imperial stout nose. Flavour sweet roasted malts to start with a little hops citrus, rapidly overwhelmed by bitter mix of roasted malts and hops without too much pine showing through. Finishes dry, a little burnt. Mouthfeel medium, like a porter rather than the big boozy stout it otherwise is, watery rather than creamy. Not really a Black IPA in my books even given the nebulous nature of the style, but it’s not a bad higher ABV stout/porter type thing.