BlackHaddock (4863) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle between five on 8th Dec 2014 during the Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange group: cheers Paul for this. Dark ruby/brown body with a full beige head. Nose of chocolate and earthiness. Flavour wise it again had some dark chocolate and earth like flavours but the hops came into play more. The finish being dry and bitter. Different and interesting.
AdiBeer (1986) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: resin, ripe fruits, light coffee and toasted malts. Appearance: black, medium, creamy, beige head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: intense toasted malts, chocolate, coffee, resin again, slightly dry finish. Overall: very nice Black IPA, excellent palate. Pint at Roundhouse Taproom, Hong Kong.
Lubiere (11000) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown ale with a thick frothy mocha head. In aroma, sweet chocolate caramel malt with nice treacle notes, roasted coffee, light butterscotch, very nice. In mouth, a nice chocolate malt with light coffee notes, grassy hops, resinous and smooth, light musty character, very nice.
jamestulloch (2036) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from The Beerhive. Dark brown body with a thick beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, leather, sweat and damp earth. Flavour of rich chocolate sponge, nuts and floral hops. Medium body with a creamy texture. Light fizz. It’s certainly hoppy but the overall flavour becomes a bit rich and sickly.
cgarvieuk (17011) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at the hanging bat... Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Dry roast.. Bitter chocolate.. Dry charcoal... Soft fruits.. Soft chocolate.. Long bitter herbal linger
Stuu666 (6176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, nose is dungy, chocolate roast, taste is dry chocolate, bitter, roasted, light fruit.
Leafs93 (1859) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep inky black with almost no head. Aroma is roast, coffee with floral undertones. Taste is bittersweet with a nice hoppyness . Medium bodied, smooth, soft carbonation with a crisp finish. This really straddles the line perfectly between hops and malts as both are very noticeable.
tastybeer (1847) - Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, courtesy Dave, thx! Pours near black, big tan head. Decent retention/lace. Aroma of roast, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is lightly bitter, roast, dark fruit, coffee. Palate is average carbonation, oily, sweet finish.
waiake (406) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours solid black with a tan head, first impression is burnt roasted malty then strong hoppy citrus flavours come through finishing tangy bitter dry & tasty
slowrunner77 (6923) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"tribute to MCA on the day he passed. didn’t know going in if this was a porter, stout, black ipa... first impression was porter. at first whiff the malt was the key player. lots of dark roast. but then the spicy hops took over and the bitterness lingered in the aftertaste. final impression was somewhere in between. nice beer. kinda steep for what you get, though."