RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Almost pitch black beer with a strong creamy light brown head. The aroma is very lightly roasted, but the flavour is far deeper. It is roasted and bitter with with some coffee maltiness. Overall a reasonable stout like beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kerenmk (4753) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Yoav. Very dark with tan film. Fuel, roast and coffee aroma, roast wooden barrel taste. Sleek texture, delicate, full body, short finish. jesperhammer (4736) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
02-NOV-2012, bottle @home, from Ølbutikken.
Clear almost black with lasting tan head.
Roast and hops. Licorice, grape fruit, pine, chocolate. Not hard roasted. Quite balanced if it does lean to a side it is the ipa side but really nice. Soft carbonation, medium body. Finish a little soap’y and bitter from hops. Very nice black ipa. Habanero (4680) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2013
Bottled. Pours deep brown with a small lacing, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, pine and coffee. Sweet flawor that ends up more dry. Medium to full bodied, oily text. and soft carb. A nice black IPA indeed. Wim (3980) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
on vacation, dark brown black colored body with a large off-white head and with a spicy citrus fruity malt hops aroma a fruity malt hop dry bitter taste with a alcholic bitter finish
hawthorne00 (3951) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: APR 8, 2017 [April 23 2012] Bottle, 13C. Clear dark brown with a light tan head that fades to a coat. Aroma of chocolate, orange, grapefruit, some bread. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Not all that sweet but there’s toffee, bread and chocolate; bitter oranges and light spices. Bitter but not severe finish and there’s no sense of the hops having to struggle out from underneath to make their presence felt. Very inviting weight. No clashing or muddled flavours. Delicious. [8 3 8 5 17= 4.1]gam (3930) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2012
[May 17 2012]A little of the zesty edge is already muted.
2013 version, April 17. Growler. Almost black with a large light tan head that lasts well. Aroma of cocoa, fudge, flowers, pine, grapefruit, passionfruit. Much less citrus than last time, pretty clearly a different hop. Shame, I loved the choc-orange. Similar balance, but perhaps a little more bitterness and the pine shines though at the end too. Really very nice but doesn’t quite do it for me like last time. [8 4 7 4 15 = 3.9] Leaving score as is.
[4/14] 2014 version. Back to that choc-orange. A little more bitterness or just (even) less sweetness than the original version? Food: sweet Gorgonzola on Challah.
[13/4/6] Think this is the only beer I have access to that I try to buy _and_ drink within a fortnight of release. More tropical this year, no choc-orange thing but lychees, flowers and nectarines meld with the chocolate brioche.
[8/4/17] Bottle from Wine Republic. Similar to last year, but a little cleaner, maybe a limey edge up front. Again chocolate brioche, barely ripe nectarine, some tropical notes. Quite bitter and a little peppery at the end. Best since the first year?
Good sized tan head dark pour medium strong carbonation aromas passionfruit citrus pine rich malt caramel stonefruit the flavours piney grapefruit strong medium ibu apricot coffee caramel taste not as good as aroma but good the finish good hoppy and malt richness lasting bitter works well on palate maekchu (3911) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle.Nose of roast malt, piney hop, light chocolate, and alcohol fumes. Dark brown color with translucent edges and a light tan head. Flavors of roast malt, moderate piney hop, quite fruity, light citrus, and a gentle roast malt finish. Thin-medium body, light on the palate. Certainly a bit of a variant on the US version of the style (given the AUS hopping). Nice, but not really exceptional. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours pitch black with a small, long lasting off white head. Nose is a little one dimensional but pleasant enough. Loads of piney hops and some coffee behind it all. Quite a grassy undertone. Taste is full of grassy and piney hops with quite a resinous feel. Coffee on the finish. Slight bitterness is overrun by a moderate sweetness. Pretty nice beer. Only downfall is the mouth feel, quite thin but solid length. This years batch I much prefer than the previous lot I had. Really digging this one. Fairly aggressive bitterness which takes it to the next level. I like it BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle. Darkest brown with tan head. Pungent NZ hop aroma, grapefruit and melon, also some coffee and chocolate. Taste has grapefruit, peach, licorice, coffee and chocolate. A tad thin perhaps and moderate level of bitterness. Very tasty