shoulderbroken (2684) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Bree Louise. Jet black with a thick creamy beige head. Aroma is very hoppy, pine and floral, but with a hint of perfume. Taste is satisfyingly bitter, hint of pepper and slight smokiness. Nice bitter finish. Slightly disconcerting perfumey after taste was a bit off putting, but still quite nice. Very smooth in the mouth.
anders37 (19167) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Bree Louise, Euston NW1. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma. Fruity roasted malty hoppy flavor with weak hints of licorice. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at Bree & Louise, London. Dark reddish brown color. Roasty aroma and flavor with plastic, petrol as well as some citrusy and peppery hops. Unpleasantly plasticky.
marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - SEP 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In cask al bree louise, Londra; una discreta pignazza ma buona, purtroppo essendo un nuovo stile è difficile fare confronti
BeerManic (21) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another Black IPA enjoyed during our tasting session. Almost completely black, with an interesting citrus hop aroma. Quite heavy on the dark roast malt character - is that good for a black IPA? Very tasty beer. Good stuff.
olio (7432) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated on 20110721.
Pours dark ruby black-red colour with minimal head. Aroma of fruity hops, lots of malts and some grass. Flavour of malts, fruits and caramel. Medium to full-bodied and a bit complex but something is still missing.
FatPhil (10724) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (GBBF2011, Thursday)
Lovely fruity citrus hop aroma. Super full palate. Smooth. A bit of everything in the taste, aromatic hops, and a decent roasted malty body too. Some roast in the finish, balances the hops well. Very well crafted dark hoppy beer.
gowdy (877) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s house. cereal, black, minimal head, lightly bitter, light body, creamy, average carbonation.
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at The Wenlock Arms - Aug 20 2011. Clear deep ruby/black. With a large frothy light brown lasting head. Very soft aroma and taste - more wheat than grain, very light bitterness, just wild flowers and a wisp of resin - nice light roast malt, only a hint of coffee. Light body, still, decent sweet/bitter balance (is not really either, this is more a mild than anything) - quick finish. Quaffable - but this is no way an IPA, black or otherwise.
armando629 (2446) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at GBBF2011.
Deep brown one with a creamy beige head. Fine hoppy aroma with grape and citrusses, cocoa, molasses, light coffee. Mild fruity flavor, easy but oily texture, grape and grapefruit, mild roasted-toasted character, some chocolate, green leaves of hops. Good one because it is not so agressive than other Black IPAs. Easy drinkable, could it slip for hours;-)