gyllenbock (5666) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at SBWF 2012.
Clear, dark amber with a medium head. The aroma and taste were fresh and hoppy. Also with some licorice and some roasted notes. Nice bitterness in this one, a beer with a good character. Very smooth and drinkable, must be on of the best Black IPA:s. I liked it a lot.
crossovert (8853) - Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Bottled on 11/10/11. I am not a huge fan of this style but am always trying new stuff. I didn’t pick this out for myself but was given it.
It pours nearly a pitch black with a real microfoamy tan head.
The smell works. It has a huge sweetness but also a nice bit of hops and a noticeable bit of chocolatey roasty hops.
The flavor isn’t anything to behold. It bitterweet but with a lot of both. The chocolate bread flavor just doesn’t mesh with the hops. I like the bitterness and the mouthfeel but this recipe seems un-thought-out.
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and chocolatey. This really seems more malt driven than hop driven, like a hoppy porter.
SpringsLicker (3234) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with a tall, long lasting light tan head.
Aroma of roast malt and faint hops.
The flavor is lots of roast malt flavor that almost hides the hop bitterness.
More stout than IPA.
nathan30533 (870) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2012 Black brew. Good forming head and good lacing. This one will kick you if your not watching. This is even better the second time from the tap. Good chocolate notes and not just good lacing, great lacing. Watch out though because seriously you will forget that it’s 9.2%. Great ale.
larsniclas (5936) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at SBWF12
Licorice, chocolate anf grassy, wet hops.
rlgk (12834) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at SBWF 2012. Dark amber beer with a quite nice lasting beige head. Chocolate aroma, hay, metal, grass, cocoa powder, fruity, hoppy, some caramel and licorice. Hoppy flavor, roasted, chocolate, cocoa, metal, caramel notes, fruity, licorice, some hay.
fezzy (100) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice creamy nitro stout-like head that sticks around, with a dark mahogany-brown appearance. Nose is pretty straightforward bright hoppy smell; hard to get the malts beneath, but a touch of roastiness. Lots of pine and citrus hop flavor upfront, transitioning to slightly burnt molasses and chocolate maltiness. Astoundingly smooth for such high IBUs, and alcohol content very, very well-disguised, with no real discernable ester bite. A shining high-gravity example of the style!
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle
Another Utah tick compliments of Santa, this beer has been living in the fridge for the past two months while I make room. Cracking it open I was greeted to a solid and above average beer that strives for balance instead of just smashing you over the head with Hops Hops Hops!
Aroma / Appearance - The deep opaque ruby base absorbs almost all ambient light. Weathered strips of newspaper grace the top. Malt balls, chocolate powder, and a sharp hop bite play against each other as the malt bill competes for attention.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee cake and crisp hops invite further inspection. They continue to build over time to a warm glowing finish from the 9% body. Reminding me a bit of a hopped up porter the conflict between bitterness and ethanol.
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with big, foamy, tan head / Nose of pine, roast barley, and citrus / Medium body, chewy, dry, excellent balance and bitter finish / Flavors of roast coffee, caramel, melon, grapefruit, and cut pine / Superb.