BlackHaddock (5648) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Once I’d added all my beery bits on RateBeer I was really surprised to find I had no records of drinking a beer from the county of Berkshire: today I rectify that omission, thanks to Colin for helping.
Rightly or wrongly I’m pouring my 330ml bottle (BBD 26 May 2014) into a Forbidden Fruit chalice at home on 10 Jul 2013.
It looked OK: bright sunlight always helps. Dark with a tanned collar and wisp, no head even tried to appear. A pity, because I always think a good head on top of a beer indicates good conditioning and a healthy product. In this case however the lack of head is made up for in the aroma and flavours.
Lovely aroma of rich over roasted ground coffee with chilli chocolate bits in the mix.
The taste is also over roasted coffee with deep, bitter chocolate notes throughout.
Lovely brew, only the head let it down: rich and full of flavour.
saxo (16066) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from AlesByMail.co.uk. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, rich bitter hops, flowers, chocolate and pine. Nice!
tomer (2685) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUL 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At a tasting, many thanks Theydon Bois, small stable head, deep brown colouraroma of nuts, roasted coffee, fruitiness, smoke, breade and nuts, flavour of smoke, dark bread, prunes, strong bitter and a light complementing sourness. very well balanced and really good.
DSG (10543) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks tomer. Dark brown to black. Aroma of piney hops, slightly stale, and light roastiness. Roasty flavor, a bit sweet, with a bit of chocolate, piney hops and a bitter finish with more hops and roastiness, a bit coffee-ish, with light smoky notes. Medium-bodied. Decent.
jtclockwork (12947) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Colin. Pours very dark brown with off white head. Nose and taste of licorice, toasted black and wheat malt, grassy hops and earthy dough. Medium body.
tiong (5842) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail
BBE 26 May 2014 - Pours pitch black with a bubbly white head. Aroma of grainy malts, some hints of roastiness and fruits. Taste is fruity, quite salty and mildly roasty with some hints of licorice, grassy hops and grainy malts. Finish is salty, hoppy and fruity with some mild roastiness and notes of licorice. Not your typical black IPA, but still quite tasty.
VastActiv (4993) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.33l at home via alesbymail. BBE 26 May 2014. Colour is black with tiny brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, chocolate, roasted malts and hops.
Idiosynkrasie (5865) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Clear dark brown colour with average, creamy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Excellent hop aroma, lots of grapefruit, blood orange, pine. Taste is initially minimally sweet dark malty, some chocolate, a touch of orange, later bitter hoppy, in the last third again slightly more malty and chocolately; lasting herbal, bitter hoppy finish, smooth palate.
johndoughty (4731) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with some hopiness. Medium body and slightly floral. Reminded me of a cross between an IPA and a stout as I still struggle with the concept of a dark IPA. Liked it.
lusikka (7650) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, yeast and grass. Flavour of roasted malts, strong dough-like yeastiness, grassy hops, leather, salt and sweetish fruits. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel and a salty, grassy and roasty finish. Alcohol comes through. Rather bland for a Black IPA and lacks bitterness.