Beersiveknown (5301) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 Toffee orange and Terry’s chocolate orange up front on this impenetrable dark ruby-brown beer. Good sized fluffy beige head forms. Gentle carbonation and a world of flavour. Up front we get a hint of freshly ground coffee, followed swiftly by pine resin and sweet toffee malt. Then the citrus comes along to freshen the palate and finishes with a hint of earthy malt. Some chocolate, lots of hop bitterness. Its particularly drinkable for its ABV and bests the original.
I’m glad I have 500ml as 330ml wouldn’t be enough. Lovely. This is up there with Axe-edge and SPA as my top Buxton brews.
Edited 2/8/12 score revised up to 4.8 from 4.6
keg at barley mow, bristolmedallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
Unable to find fault, spot on tropical aroma, nary a hint of black malt, just full on fruit punch, no sign of the booze either, perfect carbonation and palate, fab 5/5
Edited 8/5/13 score up from 4.8 to 5
Bottle with husband.
Black pour, tan head.
Tropical fruits the feature in the nose, coffee, and chocolate.
Taste is dominated by tropical fruits, with lots of roasted malts. Very similar to Axe Edge (wouldn’t be shocked if there weren’t many differences besides the malts used). Hlcarr (1) - - JUN 27, 2012 does not count
Black in colour and with a malty base, the zesty hops and dark fruit aromas make for a brilliant Black IPA. Great hoppy and intense finish zacgillbanks (5356) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2016 Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle and BeerRitz, Leeds. Inky black with a thin tan head of foam. It has a spicy orange marmalade and pine flavour followed by a smooth roasted coffee, chocolate and gentle grapefruit finish. Superb! davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Great taste. Aromas of chocolate and liquorice, hints of vanilla. Taste is sweet and bitter, with long length. Creamy palate. Black, with a frothy head.
GraveAtSea (139) - Lublin, POLAND - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle 0,5l Black color, against the light dark brown. Wonderfull creamy and huge, rocky foam. Aroma is just perfect!!!. So complex and so intensive. Masterpiece. Citrus, tropical fruits, pines, oranges, resins, in the background chocolate. Taste: amazing balance between bitterness and some sweetness. Here we have some citrus, pines, resins, oranges, tropical fruits, grapefruits, citrus pulp - perfectly mixed with dark chocolate, roasty malts. Very refreshing and addictive taste. Long warming finish, alcohol imperceptible. Medium body, creamy texture with low carbonation. Fabulous and Fantastic beer!!! One of the greatest that I ever tasted. MiSiU (22) - Bosutow, POLAND - MAR 7, 2014
Fruity, spicy aroma. It smells green, and tastes the same. Small but stable head, lot of tropical fruit and hops. Long aftertaste with toned and balanced bitterness. My no.1 beer for half a year now. Still need to find something better :D beholder (58) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 10, 2014
Appearance: pitch black with a huge tan head that just won’t drop. Great lacing.
Aroma: fresh, citrusy and hoppy. Exactly how a Black IPA should smell. Even though it’s black, there’s no roastiness, no coffee, no chocolate in the aroma. Only fresh hops.
Taste: pretty much the same as the aroma: hoppy, citrusy, however there are some roasty notes in the background, very subtle though. Medium bitterness, perfect for this beer.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation.
Overall: a perfect example of how a black IPA should look, smell and taste like. This one is one of my all time favourite beers and I enjoy drinking it every once in a while. Highly recommended.
Enjoyed from a teku glass. LaViolette (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2015 A great mix between a stout and an IPA! What a surprise! I thought it would be too sweet, but it is perfectly balanced. It is for sure a great beer!