Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, - MAY 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Deep amber with medium foamy brown head.
Aroma : Rubber and phenolic notes. Caramel and piny citrusy hops. Lots of caramel, not much roasted malt. Why is this a Black IPA ?
Taste : Citrusy and piny with nice caramel. No phenolic notes. Finish nicely hoppy with pine and citrusy notes, nice roasted caramel too.
Overall : Either I’ve got the wrong beer or the style for this is wrong. This is not a black IPA but just an IPA with lots of caramel malt. Nose is slightly off because of the phenolic notes. Taste is pretty good, nice mouthfeel, nice hops. Nice long well balanced finish. Pretty good.
rondphoto (2366) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Opaque black with an overzealous beige head, stripa and pieces of lace. Taste is roasted malt that shows dark chocolate before turning to aggressive bittering. The bitter remains through a lingering finish. A big beer, especially for 5.3% abv (so the bottle says).
DialSquare (3027) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle labeled as L’Exploratrice Hoppy Porter. From the Party Source in Cincy/Kentucky. Brown pour, beige head. Aroma of tobacco, toasty, dried fruit. Tastes roasted malt, floral, earthy, grass, little nutty, coffee, cocoa. Strong carbonation in the medium palate. Pretty interesting.
eduardovl (987) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2015 330ml bottle served in a pint glass. A: Pours a dark amber to brown color. Slightly cloudy. Forms a big and creamy beige head with great retention and lots of lingering and molasses lacings formed and left in the glass. A thin layer lasts forever on the top. S: Nice smell of roasted malts and citrus, and flowery hops. Biscuity. Some notes of dark chocolate and yeasts. T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel and roasted malts and grassy hops. Strong notes of flowery and citrus hops. Grapefruit and grapes. Again, some notes of chocolate and bready yeasts. In overall, taste is dry and bitterness strong and very persistent.M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Roasted malts and persistent grassy bitterness in the aftertaste. O: Great drinkability. Trois Dames quality. Recommended. [ BA Review @ 6/22/2011 ]
ametras (532) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle at Bistro L’Autre Oeil. Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Flavors are bread, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, grass and pine resin with fruity and nutty notes. Heavily oxidized, not sure how old this is. Medium body, moderate to high carbonation, slick texture.
Pindoc (120) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Eine schöne, üppige und voluminöse Schaumkrone, die ockerfarbend ist, bedeckt das dunkelbraune, etwas trübe Bier! Ein fruchtiger Duft steigt in die Nase, Der erste Schluck fängt eigentlich sanft an, bis sich sofort eine fruchtige bitterheit einstellt. Die Flüssigkeit fliesst prickelnd die Kehle hinunter, die eine bittere Spur nach sich zieht. Darum ist der Abgang recht bitter und der Nachhall klingt weiter mittelbitter nach! Ein Bier, das man bewusst trinken sollte!
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma is very sweet with caramel malts and berries. Taste is also pretty sweet, medium body. Good.
AgentAle (830) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is roasty malts, caramel and some chocolate. Taste and some rich sweet malts with chocolate, nuts, and mocha. Appearance is a dark body woh a beige /pearl creamy head that retains fairly well.
Case (279) - GERMANY - JUN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby red-brown with big thick head. Aroma is roasty, coffee. Taste is sharp bitterness, followed by caramel and fruit. Ends dry. A hophead’s delight.
kermis (5870) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled at Festival der Bierkulturen, Koln. Pours hazy brown with a thick off white head. Aroma ofbran flakes, malt, caramel and bread. Flavour is moderate sweet and over moderate bitter. Grassy hops coming out in the palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
bartlebier (2065) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour@FdB Köln 2014. Pours a solid bodacious brown with dark cherry inflections. Mild impressionistic nose, dry woody malts and maybe some berries. Taste delivers: a confident piney hop bitterness accompanied with Alt-quality malt wood, roast and caramel. Lingering earthy, leafy bitterness, carried and offset by a round body. True to the substyle in asfar as expressivity here are converted into "brown" shades of caramel, earth and wood and another beautiful Trois Dame exercise in cross-pollenating styles to achieve heightened subtlety.