onceblind (9418) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Deep dark brown hue with a large foamy rocky light beige cap. Dark roasty and slightly smokey aroma with a little bitter leafy hop presence and Belgian dustiness. Rich flavor that’s dark and robust and a touch smokey with some bright leafy and piney bitterness, and a dark Belgian saison ester and Belgian dusty funk. Lots of darkness and roast and funky saison tones with a dark bitterness that’s piney at its heart but actually comes across as kinda tasty. islay (2645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Approximately half of a 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 3-25-17. Purchased about a month ago at a steep discount, so, although there is no “Best By” date, I suspect this beer is past whatever it would be. Pours dark brown with an excessive amount of fluffy, uneven, beige head. Produces good, thick lacing, and it would be a good-looking beer if the head weren’t so darn voluminous. Berry and chocolate scents. The smell reminds me of chocolate-covered blueberries. A fruit-sweet potpourri, almost like a strongly fruit-scented soap in the aroma. Rather strange in smell, not bad but not at all what I was expecting. Roasted malt flavor. Pretty dry in taste. Some raspberry; mixed berry fruitiness increases on multiple sips. Cherry cordial candy. It does strike me that this might have had more hops bite closer to the time it was bottled, but I think it holds up reasonably well. That said, it’s not all that good. I’m not a fan of berry notes in IPAs, and, although this is the first time I can remember encountering them, it seems that I’m not a fan of berry notes in black IPAs either. Medium body. Soft in the palate. Probably a bit undercarbonated, as the carbonation emerges in the head. Underwhelming palate effects. Overall, memorable but not very good. bastarda (502) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2017
kindly shared by Daniel @ CBCB tasting, thanks a lot for another species of this series so clearly (one additional point) identifiable as one. Again this nose of young brett, fruity, grapefruity against a background of that typical ultra-fresh towel cleanness of all the serie’s releases. Taste, however, is different and a bit less convincing: roasted malts dried out by brett, some cold and old smoke and a slight hint of cow fodder. chinchill (4929) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2016
22 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Opened with a pronounced pfffft but did not overflow. The pour did raise an over-sized head. Very good retention.
The aroma and flavor reveal a substantial influence of Brett, and the Brett dominates the aftertaste. I have little tolerance for Brett, so this pretty much ruined the beer for me. The base black IPA seems about average in malt/hop balance and strength, but perhaps more bitter than usual.
Tognetta (951) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - OCT 28, 2016
Marrom escuro de media/alta turbidez, espuma marrom irregular de abundante formação e média persistência. Aroma misto entre tostado/torrado, lupulado, azedo; café fica mais evidente com a temperatura. Paladar de médio amargor e dulçor residual. Corpo leve e alta carbonatação. Final de leve/média persistência lembrando a café gelado com adição de lúpulo, a brett trás uma acidez inesperada que não encaixou muito bem. Não é ruim, mas tem baixa drinkability.
obguthr (6299) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Leather and bandaid nose. Mahogany, thick tan head, good lace. Coffee, plum, bandaid. Medium body, soft carbonation. Older bottle and either brett doesn’t work with the malt bill or there are some other bugs. This was unpleasant. bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Rating #2186 - 2015.11.18 - Bottle from CBI - Pours a enrapturing black, with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is a violent clash between toasted malt, and grassy floral hops, and Brett funk. Taste is extremely hoppy, resinous grassy floral and noble hop notes tempered with a pleasant coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar sweetness of the toasted malt. Brett funk plays well with both. Ridonkulous. Satyroneto (377) - BRAZIL - SEP 18, 2016
Cor marrom escura com espuma bege de altas formação e persistência com bela cascata quando vertida no copo; lacing razoável.
Aroma com notas vinificadas de uva verde e em segundo plano um agradável café com chocolate e também um cítrico de limão.
Sabor de café com meio ácido e final seco e amargo; retrogosto duradouro de torrado, álcool e leve adstringência.
Corpo leve e carbonatação média/baixa. krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - AUG 18, 2016
Great cold coffee smell. Black with crazy active brown head. Roasted coffee cream head leads to a nice rich body that the Brett cleans so quickly. AgentAle (1726) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2016
Aroma is roasted malts, clove, earthiness and honey. Taste is roasted malts, tart, caramel and slight black licorice. Finishes with a light bitterness. Appearance is black with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.