JohnRMurdoch (3470) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle from Ales By Mail. Almost black, reasonable head. Leafy treacle malt aroma. Sweet treacle hop flavour. Bitter aftertaste. More imperial stout than Black IPA.
thewolf (11293) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bought @Alesbymail. Pours opaque black with a medium, staying, creamy beige head. Aroma has pine needles, citrus, plenty of fresh strawberry. Light roasted with some coffee. Medium carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, roasted, chocolate, strawberries, lemon, softly vinious, resin, mild dry coffee in the finish. Lovely balanced beer.
BeerViking (2772) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from the brewery, pours a deep dark brown-black with a fine tan head and a big hoppy nose with lots of pine plus touches of mango, grapefruit and pineapple. Roasty malt, bright fruity hoppy bitterness, warming alcohol, notes of treacle, ash and pepper, then a dry-bitter and lightly floral finish. Lush, wonderfully integrated, and gorgeous.
elbernays (655) - 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 (4550) - 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 (13728) - 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 (1017) - 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 (1626) - 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 (2189) - , 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!