Palme (4857) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2012
On tap @ CASK Pub & Kitchen, London. This is a deep dark brown one with a lacing light ashy head. It really has lot’s of coffee beans on the aroma. Chocolate and cocoa also, but the coffee beans is dominating. Really good flavors here! Light roasted with chocolate, bitter chocolate and some cold coffee. Feels well balanced and it’s quite easy and clean. Average carbonation, full-bodied. Tasty! 22.07.2012 kaiho (71) - - AUG 20, 2012
Keg at the Southampton arms, London nw5. The bottom line: this is the best English black IPA I’ve tasted to date. Aroma infuses malty roastiness to a veritable bouquet of tropical hops. The taste doesn’t quite live up to that promise but is delicious, don’t get me wrong. Plenty of tasty darkly sweet malt and alcohol warmth to offset the hop punch. A go to beer for me, definitely. realalechamp (41) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
Perhaps the first keg beer I’ve had that has entirely floored me. What a splendid beer--both rich and roasty with undeniable fruity flavours. If only this were on cask, if only. knickskicks (1168) - - AUG 10, 2012
Keg. Black, beige head. Roasted malts, dark chocolate in the nose. Taste of roasted malts and tropical fruits. Hops linger. saxo (19583) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle. Huge head with good duration. Aroma and taste are rich hops, roast malt, chocolate, flowers and coffee. Great beer!
HenrikSoegaard (14710) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Very roasted. Long moderate bitter flavor. Heavy bitter long finish. Creamy palate. medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
Nice roasty quality with the typical hoppiness one comes to expect from Magic Rock. Coffee, roasted malts, tropical fruits and pine. My favorite style, and this one doesn’t fail to impress. Theydon_Bois (21484) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Served from keg tap into a tulip at the Cask, Pimlico, (Feb ’12).
Medium black in colour, slighly brownish when held to the light, with a thin off-white head which soon thins to a small pond like surface covering.
To the nose I was getting hops, liquorice and a smokey-woody aroma.
Flavour wise, bitter hops, smoked malts, burnt tasting daark roasted sugar, pine and a backdrop of tropical fruit.
Mouthfeel was perhaps the downfall to this beer in my opinion, too much carbonation spoilt it for me and have nver noticed this to such an extent in previous Magic Rock offerings.
Finishes with a bitter-sharp aftertaste.
bennet65 (88) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2012
The first black IPA ive had and it is excellent. far more hop punch than a lot of regular IPAs out there and with that colour, you’re just njot expecting it. the maltiness offsets brilliantly against the tropical hit of the hops. great beer. EdKing (2668) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
Keg in CP&K, Pimlico. Opaque black/very dark brown, foam off white 1 inch head. Nose is big and bold. Lots of hop - tropical fruit, pine, eucalyptus, earthy, shoe leather and shoe polish. It’s the earthiness that is making this work for me. Taste is earthy, christmas tree pine, menthol and eucalyptus, roasted malt, new shoes or that smell you get in shoe repairers and on the finish it’s grapefruit citrous bite. Probably the best black IPA I have had.