cgarvieuk (16169) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at home ... dark black brown ... soft sweet that toffee malt nose ... more of that caramal malt .. soft wishy washy ... soft fruits ...
Scopey (8249) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at CGarvie tasting. It pours dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is mellow roast, caramel, berry and sweet jam. The taste is smooth roast, toast, caramel, dark fruit, bitter-sweet, boozy, earth, ash and bitter coffee with a dry warming finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Perhaps a touch boozy, but pretty decent nonetheless.
Stuu666 (5540) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted, caramel, pine, taste is similar, sweet toffee, boozy.
Idiosynkrasie (4535) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle [Thanx David]. Black colour with average, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Herbal, piney hop aroma, some spicy yeastie notes, dark malty background. Taste is initially hoppy, dry, dark malty and rather Black IPA typical, later hints of leather, plum, cherries, minimally pungent spicy yeasty, hints of green onions, tarragon mustard, green hazelnut. Complex and kind of unique.
TimE (3786) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
med brown hazelnut and brown sugar with a touch of cotton candy and apples. Lovely. Full bodied very strong hazelnut finish. Yummy.
Beersiveknown (3630) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from regional Wines, Wellington
Dark ruby-brown with vanilla yoghurt and chocolate chip cookies on the nose. Medium carbonation, fairly sweet malt, some juicy lychee and pine resin character. Cheesy old dusty hops, touch of roast character and red berries. Honey notes appear as the beer warms. Warming but not boozy. A good beer but probably could be a point or two lower ABV.
gam (3475) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium sized biege head blackest of pours medium strong carbonation aromas piney caramel coffee rich chocolatedark fruit citrus note vanilla caramel is superb flavours vanilla caramel mix medium bitter roasted chocolate coffee resiny pine dark citrus cocoa touch liquorice ripping ale this the finish hop and malt aftertastes so good vanilla dark citrus rich chocolate lasting bitter superb body great ale
maneliquor (3379) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Bottle from Mane Liquor. This is a re-rate as the first bottle was completely flat. Nose is superb. Loads of white chocolate. Heavy cocoa and vanilla mix perfectly. Can’t resist the smell and taste of white chocolate as I’m a little bit of a sweet tooth. Damn appealing. Taste shows lots of grapefruit like bitterness. Heaps of dark, bitter chocolate and espresso undertones. Vanilla comes through slighter than what the nose shows. Great balanced stuff for such a big black IPA. Full bodied mouth feel, a little creamy with some extending bitterness to finish it off. 10% drinks far too easily. Fantastic stuff
BenH (2832) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Darl brown with little tan head. Aroma is slightly resinous, dark fruits. Taste of resinous pine, little coffee, caramel and toffee. Little sweet and sticky with a bitter finish. Nice
hawthorne00 (2683) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a good coat of beige head that lasts. Aroma of treacle, vanilla fudge, chocolate, grapefruit, spices. Creamy mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Certainly wouldn’t guess this is as strong as 10%. Less sweet than the aroma suggests, but rich dark sugars and fudge are there. And the fudge has nice Indian sweetmeat characteristics - cardamon, mace, meadowy milky touches. Bitterness struggles to emerge. Peppery at the end. Not the hop focused beer I was expecting, but intriguing and good.