Beese (2673) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 12 April 2013. Poured a clear, deep ruby colour with a dense off white head. Aroma of toasted malt, bread and caramel. Grapefruit and citrus hop flavours with some with some fruit cake and brown sugar. Finish was dry grain, dried fruit and mild spice. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
Cask (handpump) at the Sir John Oldcastle (JD Wetherspoon) on 13 April 2013. Dark brown. Smooth with chocolate malt and caramel. Also licorice on the palate. A bit sweet. Some tart hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Becomes quite astringent. Smooth mouthfeel though. Interesting but not entirely to my taste.
john44 (3078) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
Two Cask Pints at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Apr 2013 during Spoons Festival - Black in colour with Reddish tinge. Malty; roasty malts, lots of liquorice, coffee, caramel, chocolate. Hoppy; piney resinous hops. Fruity; grapefruit citrus, raisins, dried fruit. Very good malt/hop/fruit balance. Sweet roasty (burnt) malty balanced by bitter citrus hops. Dry bitter finish. Enjoyed this. Nice Black IPA! SilkTork (5729) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
JDW, Rochester. Dark. No head. Sweet with a mild and fruity tang. lingering woody honey. Hints of smoke and damp peat. Seaweed and dark berries. Very drinkable and very delicious. downender (8591) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2013
On gravity at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol April 2013. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Toasted, slightly bready malts, berry fruits and a hint of pine, before a dryish finish. Ok.
wheresthepath (2321) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
[Cask at the Hope Tap (JDW), Reading] Deep ruby with a negligible head. Chocolate & a little soot at first. Some blackberry. Quite sweet - possibly too much so, and the mouthfeel is a bit sticky. A little grape, wee wee and melon eventually ambles in, but the hops are pretty muted. Itís OK, but it lacks any real punch and is pretty forgettable. On the plus side, itís a beer brewed at Batemans that isnít completely cack. dynamiteninja (1854) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2013
Cask at the William Stead (JDW), Darlington. Medium off white head. Mahogany body. Citric hops, raspberries, oak, black malt, roastiness, oranges, strawberries, banana, blackcurrant. Bittersweet, with some tanginess and some sourness. Dry finish. Good. Almost more of an Old Ale than a Black IPA though. gowdy (1097) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2013
Pint in The Tyburn JDW near Marble Arch. Darker than I expected. Really quite nice, Iím surprised. DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2013
The Felix Holt, Nuneaton, 13/04/13. Tan capped ruby. Earthy stems, greenhouse, filter coffee and strawberry creams nose. Good punchy bitterness and coffee underscored with berries and tropical, mango-like hop. Bit thin in the mouth but good. Almond-like boozy touches. Pretty stunned this was brewed at Batemanís.
cgarvieuk (24236) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2013
cask at Sorder ... deep brownb .... thin tan head ... soft blackcurrant and dark chocolate nose ... deep rich and smooth ... wonderfully deep mellow and silky ... juicy hop linger