jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Bottle at the Semi-Final Tasting. Deep brown color with a big espresso colored head. The nose is big roasty chocolate, wood, coffee ice cream and marshmallow. Some blackberry. The taste is quite hoppy tropical fruits. Plenty of pineapple and salty tang. A bit puckering, giving over to a lightly syruppy dry chocolate coffee finish. Big body, bold. A bit creamy. Overall, a really nice black IPA! Amazing to see a decent commemorative beer! johndoughty (5543) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle.Black with a small head.Bitterness hits you from the first taste and lasts. Not a lot of hoppiness which increases the struggle that I have with a black IPA. This is more like a very bitter stout. Strength was 7.5 per cent. A lovely beer to be drunk slowly and appreciated. SaintMatty (7526) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2012
330ml Bottle - Black with a foamy tan head. Liquorice, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, soap and nuts int he aroma. Roasted, hoppy and fairly rich taste with coffee, chocolate, sweet liquorice and roasted malt detected. Some soapy hops can be felt in the lingering finish. suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Black pour. Big tan head that is slow to fall and leaves tons of lacing. Big aroma of powdered chocolate and oranges, hops and malt. Taste is mirroring the aromas. Very tasty. Slightly bitter, but sweet at the same time. RichardGretton (4786) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Pitch black beer with an incredibly strong light brown head. The aroma is fairly strongly roasted, and the flavour extremely bitter and espresso coffee roasted. What a good strongly roasted beer is all I can say.
Stuu666 (14843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, nose is pine, pineapple, roast malts, taste is similar. downender (8891) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
Bottled at 7.5% ABV from Grape & Grind, Bristol. Opaque and near black with a small, tan head. Beer had a heavy and slightly oily body that coated the mouth. Dark chocolate aroma with some pine and a tropical fruits. Flavour had plenty more pine, black coffee, grapefruit and a lingering, dry finish. Very enjoyable. dantheman278 (1365) - SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle at home. Deep brown/black pour, very thick ice-cream sundae style beige head. Serious head retention, actually gets in the way a bit! Must be all the hop oils. Big rich nose, some light hot chocolate powder, soft chocolate malts, light spicy hops. Sweet dark chocolatey coffee roast up front, and then a huge whack of rich, resinous hops. Looooong resinous bitter finish. A bit harsh at first, but I’m getting used to it, after a while it really balances out rather well. Not bad at all. leaparsons (10765) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle. Black with a very lively beige foam. Aromas are woody pine with floral notes and cocoa bean. Liquorice with blackberry and coffee. Flavours are grapefruit juice with roast malts and nutty coffee. Woody with light smoke and even some burnt notes. Cocoa with pine and fruity bitterness. Very nice.