elbernays (620) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home from Blackrock cellar. Pours deep black with tan foam head. Aroma is hoppy notes, pine, spruce, grass. Under that is a coffee, chocolate undercurrent. Earth, woody notes even a leather hint. Flavour is dry mild sweetness, with a roasted milky chocolate coffee. Mild carbonation. Full luscious creamy body. Has a slight bitter dry finish. Lovely balance with a lot of complexity. Not of hint of alcohol in this. Really great black IPA.
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely integrated and dangerously light tasting. Pours dark brown/black with ok head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Some caramel, roast and a touch of citrus. Faint hint of licorice. Tap at Churchkey.
Travlr (13252) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Pretty much black, beige head. Aroma of floral roast. Taste has cocoa, coffee, bitter and dry finish. Very tasty.
ciaranc (973) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Drinkstore. Deep brown, almost black, thin tan head. Chocolate, coffee, floral hops. Similar notes in the flavour profile. Lovely lush mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Roasty finish. Lovely stuff.
AdiBeer (1500) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: intense toasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Appearance: black, small creamy, beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters intensify, some sweet, dry cacao. Overall: very nice Black IPA, nice aroma. Pint at The Bottle Shop, Bermondsey.
planky84 (2143) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Theatre of Wine, Greenwich. Ash brown pour with a beige head. Rich aromas of prunes, chocolate, dates, marzipan, cinnamon, licorice toffee. Exceedingly good nose. Boozy flavours of crème caramel, toffee, licorice, ash, dark chocolate. Long alcohol warmth down the old gullet. Drier than the Sahara after a thousand year drought. Very nice indeed.
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl, at 9.4%Vol, as Something Something Dark Side, new exclusive English brew Anno 2013, with honey, from Ales By Mail (UK), very complex bitter brew, roasted/bitter and slightly fruity/spicy/sweet, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, yet expensive!
gunnfryd (11192) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, pine, coffee. Flavour is licorice, hop, pine, roasted malt, coffee. full body . Nice beer.
teorn88 (2707) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog rating, from bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee beans, cocoa powder, persimmon and pine. Taste is roasty and quite bitter with more coffee and cocoa notes and a piney hoppy kick. Medium body with good carbonation. Overall, good
wyzzywyz22 (2036) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Londis, Penny Lane, Liverpool. Exited the bottle a deep dark brown colour with a smallish beige head. Pleasing nose of fruits, hop, choc and roast. Rich flavour that nicely amalgamated the hop and roast in tandem with some citrus and malts. full bodied and smooth with some booze lurking menacingly in the shadows. Quality offering, probably the best I’ve tasted thus far from this stable. Props to the mashup.