Towey1989 (3270) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2016
Keg at The Port Street Beer House, Manchester. A slightly hazy deep brown colour with a thick, tan head. Aroma of grapefruit, mango, peach, slight pineapple, subtle red berries, a little liquorice and some roasted malts. Taste of blackcurrant, dark fruits, some grapefruit, mango, slight peach, a little roasted malts, a hint of liquorice, maybe apple and subtle floral hops. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A dry, liquoricy, weirdly resinous, citrus hop bitterness in the finish. A very complex BIPA, surprised by all the flavours and aromas that I got. Very balanced but doesn’t give the big, hoppy bitterness I was expecting. Fruity and nice though. stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle from Great Grog, Edinburgh
ruigo (3080) - PORTUGAL - JUL 25, 2016
Very dark brown black....ruby light edges...frothy tan head...good lacing
Aroma - Very hoppy...grass hops..bit musty...damp hay..some grapefruit in the background...dark caramel malts...whiff of car tyre...much more hops than malts
Taste - Loads of hops..grassy..some spicy hops..citrus grapefruit more prominent than aroma....resinous..dark caramel and roasted malts in the background
Palate - soft carb..medium....bitter hops......citrus tang. Finish of grapefruit and grassy hops...lots of bitterness but not too much...wee bit of coffee in the lingering tail
Overall - I prefer Black IPAs to be more ’stouty’ than this which is very much more towards the IPA part of the spectrum but the hops have great flavour in this beer. I still prefer Thornbridge Raven over this but it’s still a great beer
On tap @ the brewery. Black colour with medium tan head. Citrus, orange zest, roasted malts and tropical fruits in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is medium bitter and medium sweet with fruity and roasty notes. Dry and bitter finish. Overall, a very good beer. BRW (3073) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 15, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with off-white head. Hoppy, fruity and tropical fruits aroma. Roasted, hoppy, resinous and slightly sweet taste, with bitter ending. Medium body. PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 Sampled at Borefts Beer Festival 2014. THX everyone for sharing today’s beers.
Black beer. Nose is mostly hoppy, though little roasted side. Taste is quite bitter and little sweet. Little roasted here again
Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle from Luvians, St Andrews. A black beer with a fair, light tan head. Aroma is lovely with passion fruit and grapefruit hop characters, presumably Nelson Sauvin. Juicy passion fruit and pineapple hop flavours give way to coffee, roasty malt, burnt toast and chocolate. The flavours are intense but this is a seriously drinkable beer. I would love to try this on cask. Brilliant stuff! suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Black pour. Big tan head with plenty of lacing. Big danky, oniony, malty, caramel aroma. Huge hop presence. A little musty. Malty, danky flavor with some earthy notes. A slight pepper flavor. A little thin, but still decent. Turtles (2967) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2017
Keg @ Bishops Arms, Hornsgatan. Looks clear, black with hints of ruby. Creamy tanned head, good lacing. Citrus hoppy and roasted aroma, ash, hay and uniral cake. Dry and smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Great roasted taste with a fresh citrus hoppy spike. Licorice, grapefruit, kiwi, cold coffee and ash. Dry and bitter finish. esp0r (2930) - NORWAY - JUN 9, 2013
On tap at Haand Festival 2013CraftBeerNick (2831) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2012
Black in glass, thin beige head. Smells of roast, herbs, citrus and zests. Moderate sweet, roast and hints of coffee. Medium bitter with resins and zests. High class BIPA, very drinkable.
Bottle at home, 19th February 2012. Love the look of the bottle, looks like class. Aroma is roasted malt, dusty cocoa, a little coffee and dark chocolate, intriguing, I can’t get the hops. Pours a small head, good lacing. Taste is roasted malt a little grapefruit, pork sctrachings, burnt cracking, cocoa very smooth and perfect carbonation for me. Not bad, I love the Black IPA.