Svesse (5679) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm) Dark brown colour, almost black, with foamy beige head. Roasted, malty nose with coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and pine needles. Malty, roasted taste with notes of dark chocolate, dark fruit, dark rye bread and a generous piney bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Very nice.
oh6gdx (19630) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask@Akkurat, Stockholm. Very deep coppery brown colour, small off-white head. Aroma is toffee, mild toasted notes, liquorice,some fruits and mild floral notes. Flavour is rather similar with a quite big bitter finish.
Theydon_Bois (5278) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity dispense at Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival 2012 - 06/10/12.
Dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head.
Big pine nose allied to bitter grapefruit and hops.
Hoppy piney taste with a little dark roast malt and chocolate in the background.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation leading to a dry finish.
Another great black IPA from a British brewer!
_angst_ (2084) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Akkurat. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a very small head that doesn’t leave any trace worth mentioning on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet, fruity and malty with dark bread, toasted malts, peaches, pineapple, freshly cut grass, earl gray tea and hints of coffee. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny sour and bitter with roasted malts, tropical fruit juice, grapes, pine, grapefruit juice, wood, pine, soap and liquorice root. Mouthfeel is smooth, tiny watery, flat and light to medium bodied. Finish is bitter and fruity with roasted malts, tropical fruits, pine, dark bread, moist soil, wood, lemon zest and orange zest.
imdownthepub (9160) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask conditioned at Moreton in Marsh Beer Fest ’12. Very dark brown with cream head. The initial flavours are of rich roasty dry malts, some liquorice, some husky coffee hints then zinging in from left field comes the hops, twangy tangerine, spruce needles, loganberry, challenging the malts to a fight. An absolute belter in my book and worthy of a high mark from me.
rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Deep amber beer with a bubbly beige head. Hoppy roasted aroma, metal, cocoa, hay, pine needles, caramel, chocolate, apricot, citrus, lemongrass, perfume, pine apple, some peach and mango. Hoppy fruity flavor, roasted, cocoa, caramel, pine, apricot, pine needles, mango, pine apple, hay, cocoa powder, licorice notes, roasted, some bitter chocolate. Just about a perfect black IPA. Really good.
larsniclas (5193) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Akkurat
Almost black with a bubbly, tan head.
Flowery, grassy hops and licorice in the aroma.
Light to medium body.
Flowery hops and some medicine in the flavour.
Medium, dry bitterness.
omhper (18326) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Clear mahogany colour. Aroma of menthe and licorice - Fishermans Friend! Dry and medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Licorice and salt, mid bitter finish.
SaintMatty (4279) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Gravity (Newport Ale House, Newport, Isle of Wight) - Black in colour. Liquorice, pine, grapefruit, roasted malt and plain chocolate in the aroma. Slightly soapy taste with salty liquorice, roasted malt and pine all standing out. Very nice.
berkshirejohn (3964) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Nags Head, Reading. Pours a deep magohany with a chstnut gleam against the light and a loose, scummy, cream head; the aroma is deeply hoppy, but not as piney as promised; in the mouth it’s dry with a spicy hop flavour and underlying rich malts; with the hops carrying through to the end leaving a touch of liquorice on the finish. Good, but lacking the extremes of some Black IPAs.