oh6gdx (20902) - 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.
omhper (19950) - Tyresö, 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.
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity @ Bree Louise, Euston NW1. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy caramel aroma with weak hints of licorice. Fuity malty hoppy bitter caramel and licorice flavor. Has a fuity malty hoppy bitter finish.
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown. Toasty nose with dark sugars and a little bit of grapefruity hop. Mouthfeel is a bit slick. Taste is a little dark malt sweetness, a little bit of hop fruitiness. Fairly light example, fits with the English context but is less effective overall than the bigger interpretations of the concept.
rlgk (11453) - Göteborg, 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.
imdownthepub (10646) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (9915) - 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!
FatPhil (9596) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (Angleterre, Helsinki)
Woh, such a an English aroma. Nice porter roast, but some vorpalberries too. Nice burnt roast in the retronasals. Palate pleasantly slithy. Nice spicy roasty combo. Good balance, high drinkability. Finish later fills out with a whole range of roasts and spices.
Svesse (6296) - 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.
laiti (5955) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Old Bank, Turku
Aroma has fruity hops, grapefruit, some licorice and resiny tones. Flavour has resin, grapefruit, nettles, licorice, hints of ash and minerals. Also salmiac. Ashy finish. Most likely the first black IPA I am having from cask. Not bad, but could be less ashy. Also, this gets some bush leaves & vegetable tones after some sips.