minutemat (5414) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2017
330ml bottle, from trade with Anstei. Many thanks chap! Pours deep dark with a large frothy tan head. Aroma of charred wood, ash, pine. Brilliantly balanced taste, good roast and pine with a nice ashy bitter finish. Very impressed! Scopey (14515) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2017
Bottle at Craft Islington, big thanks to Mr Tipple. It pours cloudy deep brown - black with a decent tan head. The aroma is bright, fresh, fragrant, charred pine, resinous, grapefruit, roasted malt and toasted grass. The taste is dry, bitter, charred wood, earthy, toasty, roasted malt, cocoa, rindy, bitter orange and leather with a drying finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A pretty tasty cda. The_Osprey (7883) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2017
April 2017 - Bottle share at CBC Islington. Big thanks to Adrian. As ’523 New Zealand TOA’. Opaque black with a foamy light brown head. Aroma is earthy, dark chocolate. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is earthy, cola, chocolate, woody, some light lime coming through against the roast finish. An excellent CDA in my view. Packed with punchy flavour but also very well balanced. It’s like something The Kernel would put out. (4.1) MrTipple (4803) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2017
Floral hops, grass, dark, pine, toasted malts, some chocolate. Very dark, hazy brown, small, creamy, beige head. Light bitter. More dark, toasted malts, more floral, grassy hops, light charcoal, bitter orange peel, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Nice CDA, well-balanced. Bottle from Beers’n’More, Zurich, shared at CBC Islington tasting. Ritzn (1314) - GERMANY - APR 27, 2017
Black with large brown head. Aroma is lychee, grapefruit, some chocolate, apples and lemonade. Taste is fruity sweet and fresh at first, with smooth bittersweet chocolate later. Smooth but a bit spiky. Drinkable and nice with long chocolate finish.
jonas (7549) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 27, 2017
Bottle. Roast with a hoppy friend, Coffe/dark choc, herbal/grass notes, toffee, light catty. Opaque brown, creamy brown lace. Creamy full body, nice espresso milkshake, good hop counterpoint, Dark chocolate toffees, nutella. Broad hop retronasal. NIce. jfb (6233) - GERMANY - APR 27, 2017
(bottle) deepest brown colour with a creamy beige head. aroma of toasted grains and nutella, with lots of hazelnut husks, some clotted cream and salted caramel. flavour is mostly the same, lots of toasted grain and cream, with a very light touch of fresh banana, some earth and herbal hops in the light roasted-bitter finish. medium- to heavy-bodied with average carbonation. SinH4 (4712) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 27, 2017
Bottle, many thanks anstei! Aroma is chocolate, a touch buttery, flowery hops as well as the Motueka fruit cocktail. Taste is chocolate, cream, tropical fruits. Super-silky and full-bodied mouthfeel. Probably the best Black IPA I’ve ever had. A lovely beer, and I usually am not a fan of Black IPAs! Leighton (21087) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2017
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to MrRipple. Pours black-brown with a lasting, creamy tan head. The nose has some earthy hops, burnt pine, light pine, dry cocoa. Light-medium sweet flavour with grass, orange, grapefruit, ashy roast and baking cocoa. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes with some res, more roast, bittersweet chocolate. Very good. mR_fr0g (11913) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2017
Bottle shared at craft beer Co Islington. Many thanks to Mr tipple. A black maghogany brown coloured pour with a halo of tan head. Aroma is zesty lime and lemon citrus, woody roast, fresh pine needle. Flavour is composed of woody roast, pine needle, zesty, lime and lemon, little rubber. . Palate is semi sweet frothy carbonation, drying finish. Good stuff.