berkshirejohn (6650) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2013
33cl bottle from Bitter Virtue, Southampton. An opaque black pour with a ruby red glow against the light and a billowing tan head; the aroma is intense with bitter Belgian chocolate and a touch of wood smoke. It’s absolutely bursting with flavour - ripe purple fruit, licorice, burnt treacle, and tar setting the head ringing. The finish is comparitively calm, but full of toasty, deeply roasted malts and rather dry. This is incredibly satisfying and beats the Kernel Scanner Darkly Black IPA I’d just tried hands down. JohnRMurdoch (5043) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2012
330ml bottle from Euston Tap. Almost black colour, big foamy head. Spicy hop aroma. Big flavour of biscuit, coffee & hops. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. A really big hoppy ale. Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle from Great Grog. Pours a very dark brown colour with a thick tan head. Aroma of pine, pineapple, caramel, coffee and alcohol. Great bitterness and similar flavours. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Very nice! johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
Another seething menace from Arbor. Strong coffee nose with 90% cocoa lindt chocolate and licorice coming through. Pours a deep, dark brown with a fluffy head the colour of a double espresso crema. The flavour follows the nose with rich, dark notes in spades - bitter, bitter cocoa, buttery, burnt malts, more licorice, some aniseed, some flambeed figs, and a long, long, oily finish. Rich, complex, chocolatey, bitter and biting, this is a corker from the best of the new Bristol breed of progressive brewers. worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
At first it’s sort of like a black IPA as in its smooth black and slightly roasted and then moves into a bitter finish that you can expect. Where the surprise happens is after the aftertaste when the intense bitterness consumes and destroys your taste buds. And by bitter, I mean the most intensive bitter taste that hits like a nails and black ash. Incredible.
DanielBrown (4543) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle from Pete. Jet black, low cream top. Smells car piss and pine + coal tar. Very stouty roast: crunchy, super bitter. The hops add a err, not sure. Perhaps they add a thin slice of perfumed mouth tremble. This really is very bitter indeed. A great UK beer, with a loooong aftertaste. tommann (3937) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2012
330ml bottle at 7.5%. Pours jet black with a large head. Aroma is dusty cocoa, grapefruit and a little lemon. Taste is mostly bitter grapefruit with some coffee and cocoa on the aftertaste. Low carbonation but full in the mouth. Beersiveknown (5300) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 24, 2012
Dark brown with thin tan head. Cocoa and grapefruit nose. Rich hop flavour, citrus fruits, chocolate. Alcohol hidden. Good bipa zacgillbanks (5495) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
7.5% Bottle from Trembling Madness. An inky black beer that pours with a HUGE foamy tan coloured head. It has chocolate and liquorice flavours, very strong spicy (slight sour?) orange marmalade notes and pine/grapefruit and smoke on the finish.