AgentAle (1853) - Fort Mcmurray, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
Aroma is a rich maltiness with some slight bitter notes. There is some smokimess aswell. Taste a rich maltiness off the bat that finishes richly. Tje smokiness is there and it finishes with a nice bitterness. Dark body with a creamy head that retains well. yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2014 Bottle. At Patricks. A very dark brown beer topped by a beige head. The aroma has a smoked touch, with an almost chocolate-ish maltyness. Piney, fruity hops in the background, I think they could get more focus. The flavor is lighlty sweet, with a pleasant hoppyness to deal with it, but mostly it’s bittering hops. Chocolate hints, cold coffee, roasted malts and some almost meaty smoke too. Full-bodied and perhaps a bit too carbonated. Roasted, coffeeish end with a decent bitterness. Another nice and tasteful beer from Haandbryggeriet. Rating: 7-4-7-4-15. 120315Ferris (17117) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. A lightly unclear, dark reddish brown beer topped by a dense, finger-thick beige head. The aroma has a dominating chocolate scent, with coffee, roasted notes and a faint bacon-like smoke touch. It lacks a bit on the hops I think, but it works perfectly fine as a porter or something like that. There’s a nice bitterness in the flavor, some piney and citrusy hops, but it’s the chocolatey, bacon-smoked and lightly roasted malts that dominates here as well. It’s full-bodied and faintly warming, sort of sweetish on the palate, and with a nice carbonation level. Lasting roasted and smoked chocolate finish. There’s not much IPA-ishness going on here, but it’s sure a pleasant and tasteful beer. Quality ice cream or mature semi-hard cheese would be a fine pairing I guess. 140506
Bottle - Dark fruit, roast malts, smoke and aromatic pine hops. Jet black with a rich brown head. Sweet dark malts, piney hops with a nice smokey finish. As a smoked beer lover who loves IPA’s this is fantastic. It just ticks all the boxes. Great aromatics, sweet malty goodness, a dash of hops and smoke. Very nice. al53 (96) - FINLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Brygget 21/5/12.
Hazy dark brown/black. HUGE lasting and lacing foam.
Aroma is sour, roasted malt,smoke,ash, dark fruits and hint of liquorice.
Taste is dry roasted malts, coffee beans, hops, dark chocolate, dark fruits
Medium, creamy bodied.
Espresso like roasted, very dry, ashy and bitter finish.
Suprisingly smoky and dry. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2013
DuffMan (10772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Hunters, Pori. Quite much black colour with a huge beigeish brown head. Aroma is sour wood, mild roasted and toasted notes along with some floral hops. Flavour is ashes, fruits, some tart wood along with mild bitterness to it. Wellbalanced and surprisingly nice for a India Black...
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Medium brown pour, not too dark, with a lively light brown head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, and a little brothy, a surprise to me that there is little smokiness in the aroma. Dark fruits are the initial flavour that greets you on the palate, then some caramel with just a hint of campfire smoke. Medium bitterness in the finish. Restrained smokiness actually makes this a more interesting brew than I had anticipated. Probably won’t win over any hopheads though, as the hops are equally restrained. Still a nice brew. TBone (18561) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle 500ml batch #476 @Beer HuntersMjollnir (417) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2013
Opaque black color, big foamy brownish head. Smokey nose with some tart notes and wood. Medium-bodied, active carbonation. Licorice, caramel maltyness, smoke, a bit tarry. Nose didn’t promise much but flavor is very good.
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2017 Original rating from 7/11/2013: 500mL bottle, batch 389. Pours opaque black with a huge light brown head. Aroma of plums, biscuity malt and a little hops. Fairly subdued flavours, some hops and roasted malt, only mild bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation and a short creamy finish. Score: 6 4 6 3 12.
Update 14/5/2017: 500mL bottle from 2011. Better! The smoke and hops are more noticeable and are well integrated. Fspirit (54) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2013
Small and pretty white head. Fruit and burned wood in the aroma. Taste is roasty malts, dried fruits and like that burned porkchops kind of taste. A little bitternes in the end. I would call this a smoked black ipa. jookos (7160) - FINLAND - OCT 25, 2013
, 7.7. Black, frothy tan head. Perfumy, floral, slight green hoppyness. Roasty body, some smokyness. Quite smooth even if bitter and dry, feels light, like whipped cream. Hoppy citrus greens in finish. Leaves a jerky, burnt bbq steak flavour after the hops mellow.