cgarvieuk (12767) - 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 (5284) - 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.
Idiosynkrasie (3086) - 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.
gam (3014) - 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
TimE (2940) - 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.
maneliquor (2726) - 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
Beersiveknown (2375) - 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.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Third in the trilogy and the mother of two sons. At just on cool it pours very softly into the glass managing little more than a wafer of tan suds that fade. The body opaque and black as night. Richly thick, fortified plum port dominates the nose with nuances of dates in syrup, molasses, twiggy bark, caramelised apricot, roasted carob and a twist of leafy green herbs. Tarrish, burnt sugar, light leather and a lot of sweetened liquorice root are first things to spring to mind tasting it. Quite sweet with the hops faded behind sticky, viscous elements that are a little one dimensional not too long into drinking. A hint peppery on end with an underlying earthy spice that is also shallow. Alcohol could be non-existent; well masked by the malts. A touch of chocolate icecream breaks it up. Whilst it is sweet, it is by no means the fun, full of fruit sweet instead it is just residually sugary with a dowdy tar and liquorice linger. I have to go against the grain a little. Oxidation may be showing on mine, but even so this is a little too shy of the weaker sons. Those wonderful hops tossed into a heap of bitter, burnt sugars; drowning in effect. Just not my cup of tea!! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
hawthorne00 (2209) - 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.
davidm (1919) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Smith Street Cellars. Feels like an imperial stout to me. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, alcohol, hints of vanilla and grass. Sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.