SHIG (4051) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black with thin light brown to tan head. Aroma is a mix of right malt and hops. Taste is strong hops up front that subside a bit to show the roasted malt and dark chocolate. Very lively and yet soothing at the same time.
VsXsV (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival 2012. Clear, red/dark brown liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of grass, ash, coffee, chocolate and biscuit. Thin. Taste is dry (maybe a bit sweet) and light to medium bitter with notes of grass, chocolate and vegetal hops. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Too vegetal, too weak.
DSG (9318) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black-colored with a big beige head. Hoppy aroma with pine needles, resin, grapefruit and some roastiness and coffee notes in the background. Bittersweet flavor with roasted malt, faint coffee notes, lots of piney hops, a bit of licorice and a finish with a big bold bitterness (that stays in your mouth long after swallowing) and a hint of alcohol. Medium-bodied. Nice.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reminds me of Anchor Porter. Hop-forward, dark and roasty. Complex combination of hops along with that strong malt presence. Good, but I don’t think of it as a
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large creamy dark tan head that lingered forever and left decent lacing. The aroma was dryish floral, perfumey and resinous hops with a touch of roasty malts. The flavor was bitter though semi-sweet with notes of anise, floral hops, perfume and resin. The finish was fairly long and turned dry with perfume and resin lingering. Moderately full bodied and creamy. Solid.
gyllenbock (6285) - 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 (10015) - 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 (3318) - 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 (3288) - 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 (915) - 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.