Dervock (1407) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2017 branlovesbeer (14) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cost from Total Wine in Upstate SC:
22oz Bottle: $5.99
Located on the label, just under the bar code. It reads, "Bottle On 10/11".
There is no need for an internet search or to send emails or phone calls to the brewery in order to have them translate the code in their own style of the Julian calendar (which I’ve noticed many breweries have their own variation of this).
I have to be honest. I had to pour the beer twice. The first time, I wasn’t recording because I forgot to hit the record button. But the head took over like a bullet shooting out of a gun. Nearly 4 fingers of head.
But on the second try, there wasn’t as much head formation. Only about 1 finger that dissipated quickly.
Black as night... except... I can see into the beer, just under the head and streaming bubbles are obvious.
It’s clearly filtered because I can see the bubbles clearly up to about an inch into the glass. But to be clear, I can only see into the beer only 1/2 a centimeter under the surface where the light shines through.
The head that formed was nice and creamy. While it dissipates, if I swirl the beer around, it forms a nice creamy layer. It’s a very appetizing look.
It is a beautiful beer.
Lots of roasty malts. It smells like a porter or stout. The smell of prunes and dates comes through, as well as some tobacco notes. It smells really good.
I’m getting a hop spice, but I honestly couldn’t tell you if it’s piney or citrusy. It’s just a blended hop spice.
I’ve noticed this is a common problem with dark IPA’s. No matter how many hops you put in, they are just very subdued by the dark malts.
That is my experience from tasting other black IPA’s as well as my homebrew experience. I brewed a black IPA last year. 5 gal batch with 1.5lbs Chocolate, a few ounces of various crystals and 9 ounces of hops ranging from Magnum to Cascade with 3oz of Cascade to dry hop. And it ended up tasting very similar to Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet. It was one of the best beers I’ve ever brewed but it wasn’t what I was going for.
I’m having the same problems tasting the hops as I did smelling them. It’s nice a hop spice, but I honestly couldn’t tell you if it’s piney or citrusy. It’s just a blended hop spice. Granted it definitely more prevalent than in the aroma.
Now, the Roasted Malts and the hops are well blended. One does not over power the other. It’s a perfect combination.
I’m not getting the prune/date/raisin taste that I got in the aroma. It’s there but it’s not hitting you in the face like it was in the aroma.
Overall, it’s really tasty.
Worth the Money:
At $5.99 for a 22oz bottle, that is a little steep. I, personally would price this at a maximum of $4.99, although I’d like for it to be a little less. I’ve had Black IPA’s that have been comparable to this that have cost less.
Will I buy another one? Yes. I probably will, but I’m going to look to see if I can find a lower price.
This beer has everything going for it. If you’re a dark beer lover; this is your beer. If you’re a hoppy IPA lover; this is your beer. Neither one completely takes over the character of this beer. There’s a little bit of both. It’s really enjoyable.
If you’re looking for a dark beer, you can sit down and have one of these. If you’re looking for a hoppy beer, you can also sit down and have one of these.
This is really good. This is one of my favorite Black IPA’s that I’ve ever tasted.
I gave this an ’A’. This is a good Black IPA. It’s got the dark roasted malts. It’s got the hop aroma and flavor that you want from an IPA. Everything is blended nicely. It’s a very very tasty beer.
Bottle - pours black with a big mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, roast malt and a bit of spice. Chocolate roast malt up.front with a orange citrus mocha finish. BBHansen (951) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2016
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home w friends/chef. Appearance: pours clear brown with ok soapy off-white head and lacing. aroma/taste: bread, caramel, light coffee, pine, grapefruit, chocolate and citrus. palette: strong us hoppy aroma, average carbonation, medium body, average sweetness, dominated by a notable bitterness, average duration and a watery texture. Overall: very nice combination of roasted malts and us hops
Bottle. Pitch black pour with light brown head. Aroma has fresh flowers and burnt chocolate. Taste has instant bitter notes and is quite light. Nice and fresh. Medium carbonation Holmen1 (6152) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2016
Flaske fra Kihoskh, delt med Einar: brunsvart med tett skum som varer helt til siste slurk. Super aroma og enda bedre smak med røstet malt, grapefrukt, furunål, kaffe og 80? sjokolade. Lekker bitterhet i den tørre ettersmaken. Fin munnfølelse med perfekt karbonering. PapaVillum (956) - Valby, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2016
Kulsort ufiltreret Black IPA med ganske stor moccafarvet skumkrone på 5-6 cm, som svinder langsomt til et par mm.
Kompleks aroma af både frugtsødme henad røde bær og æble, chokolade, tobak og hårdt ristet malt.
Smagen er bitter domineret, men ganske vel balanceret med minimal sødme. Den meget bløde mundfølelse er dog dét indtryk, der først springer i øjnene. Kompleksiteten fra aromaen springer igen i smagen med frugtagtige noter sammenholdt med humlebitterheden og noter fra den ristede malt.
Middel fyldig krop og lækker næsten cremet konsistens. Let nedjusteret karbonering i et glas med en bitter, tør og kort afslutning.
Overall: Vildt at læse, at brygget egentlig var ment som en joke, for den er vellykket og meget velsmagende denne "sorte bitterpis".
355 ml, flaske, 7.0 % ABV, BB: - (bottled 29/10/2015), købt i Meny i Rotunden i Hellerup.
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ads135 (4883) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Not a bad black IPA. Roastiness is pretty potent. Black and sharply bitter by the end. Hoppiness is surprisingly citrusy with a pine finish. Pyobon (1458) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2016
(Bottle) Pours black with big beige head. Nice aroma - pine and roasty coffee. Medium body with good carbonation. Taste starts with a mix of sweet malt and dark roast malt; the sweetness retreats and a big hoppy bitterness emerges and mixes with dark roast and coffee bitter notes. Great black IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Klimaet (2893) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2016
Sample @ Voldby Ølfestival 2016. Pours seethrough black with a medium brown head. Notes of roasted malts, hops, citrus, caramel, orange, licorice, chocolate.
bursprak (3238) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2016
Sample @ Voldby Ølfestival 2016. Weak blackish pour with a generous tan head. Notes of roast, licorice, hoppy, grapefruit and some caramel. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2016
500, capped. Pours an opaque matte black with a dense and creamy tan head that goes away after a while. Dry piney nose, lots of ash and some darkly toasted black bread crusts. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Darkly toasted caramel, darkly toasted black bread crusts, and dry pine on the mid palate. Very drying finish and aftertaste. Very well made, but not exactly to my tastes.