Strykzone (7723) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bomber. Most of the Perfect Pint is foam and that dissipates slowly. The beer is pretty much black and opaque. Citrus hops are what I smell first. Some roasted notes in the background along with some grass. This style is not one of my favorites but once in a while one of them strike my fancy. This one is between there. Soft hops and less malts than expected. The hops are citrus and have moderate bitterness. A bit of spice in them. As easy drinking a Black IPA as I have found. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Aroma is sort of a hard, burnt starchy malt and tree sap laced black coffee. Pitch black with nice tan head, not unlike a good porter. Blunt bitter start and long malty finish, I would call it an English pale only with lots of toasted malt. Slick body, substantial without feeling heavy. Pats play Houston tonight..plenty of time to get ’lubed up’ Yorker (2089) - Holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2012
65 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a huge tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, piney hops, and coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee, and piney hops that leads to a slightly bitter finish. A little overcarbonated. KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2012
22oz Bottle. The pour was a very dark black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that slowly receded, down to a thin scattered film with a medium collar thus creating good sheets of streaky lacing. Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2012
The aroma was a little on the mild side with a burnt grain malt, pine hops and an earthy yeast and had notes of bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, citrus (grapefruit) and a bit of licorice.
The taste was a malty bitter with a note of coffee and bitter chocolate early on, progressing with a slightly bitterer hoppy taste and a light citrus peel presence with a hint of licorice towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a nice dark hoppiness that was left lying on the back of the tongue at the finish.
Mouthfeel was a hair below medium in body and dry in texture with a nice mellow carbonation.
Overall this was a mildly hoppy Black Ale, with just enough roastiness to create a nice smooth drinkability...
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kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavour with soapy note to dry grain.
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark black with a huge billowing tan head. Leaves a sleeve of lacing down the glass. Aroma is full of roast malt and some citrusy hoppy notes. Beers is highly carbonated, foamy feeling with some bland roastiness and little hop presence. A nice aroma followed by a disappointing flavor and body. stefannilssons (1578) - SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2012
Det här kunde nog ha varit en riktigt bra öl om den inte hade varit för kolsyrad vilket fick ölen att upplevas som tunn och avslagen. Smaken bar kraftiga inslag av choklad, kaffe med en ton av apelsin. lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
650 ml bottle. olio (10601) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Pours a black colour with a firm foamy head. Aroma of overly ripe mango, ash and grassy hops. Flavour of roasted malts, ash, overly ripe mango, grassy hops and some saltiness. Carbonation is very high and mouthfeel is foamy. Medium bodied and a roasty, quite bitter finish. Unbalanced and I really don’t like the hop profile. Carbonation is so high this actually reminds me of highly carbonated water.
65 cl bottle. Bottled on 02/2012. laiti (8523) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
Pours dark red color with a huge head. Aroma of hops, ripe fruits, orange peel, some licorice, toasted malts and goose berry bush. Flavor of malts, some licorice, ripe fruits, oily hops and some goose berries. Bitter and a bit stuffy palate. A bit disappointing.
65 cl bottle @ home, bottled 02/2012
Aroma is stale hops, roasted notes, some cocoa, resin, vanilla and ash. Flavour is rather ashy with some licorice, nettles, hops and wet wood. Too ashy and stale, not nice.