rwgould (325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - JUL 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a solid black with a foamy beige head. No visible carbonation. Aroma: Malt, caramel, spruce, dough. Hints of chocolate. Palate: Medium bodied, smooth start, slightly oily and dry finish. Lingering aftertaste but not super dry like most IPAs. Taste: Sweet start. Less sweet finish. Not a super complex flavour. Very drinkable, for a beer of this style.
sulawang (523) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Visual: Too bad no info about the beer itself, but a nice printed ink on the bottle. Pours coffee black with a nice smallish creamy dissipating head, thin layer of retention, sticky lacing.
Nose: strong thick malts and coffee/chocolate on the nose, very nice. (8)-aromatic strength.
Attack: biting hops, creamy-fizzy mouthfeel,
Mid-palate: (8)-caramel sweetness (MAIN) malt, chocolate, bitter roast coffee (HINT) pine, licorice
Finish: coffee malt exhale, lingering (6)-bitter grapefruity hops.
Summary: Good complexity. The body is almost there, just a wee thin but the good transitions and depth make up for it. Better than the Black Christmas CDA from Parallel 49. Just like a bittersweet coffee with a good kick to it. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)
Borresteijn (4319) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65cl Bottle, ABV 8.2%. Thanks H&T! Almost black colour, light-beige head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, liquorice, some laurel, sweet, coffee, chocolate. Flavour is dry, roasted malts, liqourice, coffee, chocolate, grapefruit hoppy bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Nice, but lacks a bit of body.
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by dry roasted alt with some hoppy bitter and dry notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation. I thought this was too bitter and almost astringent with the body too thin for the style.
Ratman197 (8824) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddishbrown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, earthiness, grapefruit, pine and light cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, earthiness, light pine and light grapefruit with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty finish.
daniel0017 (370) - Yukon, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark body and a tan, foamy head. Aroma is malty, cheesy, bacterial and musky with an organic breadiness. Flavor is sharp and strong sweet molasses and malts offset by a poignant bitter finish. Feels heavy in mouth with a lingering aftertaste. I’d reclassify this as an India Pale Porter.
Bendrixian (942) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour with a decent tan head. Has a real cat food and pungent hoppy aroma with caramel and a hint of chocolate. Big & bold beer with a real good length, caramlied sweetness and pungent hoppy flavour profile. big and tasty stuff.
czar (3660) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours very dark brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. roasted malt sweetness, cocoa, booze, vegetal but not piney or green, some sweetness. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, sticky and almost cloying, harsh mineral and bitter coffee finish. lacking in character and drinkability. meh.
Minderbinder (1517) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 650ml. [8,2%]
Pours very dark brown with low beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, spices. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, slight acidity, good bitterness. Palate: Full bodied. Sticky. Overall: Very sweet. Major lacking of IPA aspects. Bottle too old? Not too sure it’s only that. Not very good.
pintbypint (2346) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml brown bottle. "Limitied Edition". Deep brown pour, big dense foam on top, beige and long lasting. Sticky lace rings. Aroma - roasty, some dark choclate with pine hop notes. Taste has dark malts, chocolate and roast, pine hops, spicy hops. Finish has roast and chocoalte and spicy pine hop. Big bitterness in the finish, dark malts, roast and lasting bitterness. A solid black IPA that has excellent bitterness and lengthy hop spiciness.
Ferris (1865) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Roast malts and some piney, spicey hops. Jet black with a rich brown head. Dark roast chocolate malts, some dark fruit and a bitter hoppy finish. You also get a bit of alcohol heat at the end, but I must admit this is one of my favorite Tree brews. Nicely done.