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. 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. mrgazreid (2) - Kendal, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015 does not count
Tap/growler tall boys Leeds. Very dark colour. Superb citrus fruit aroma. Taste is bitter, hoppy and roasted. One of my favourite beers ever. Exceptional.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Benjii (3049) - 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! Idiosynkrasie (7423) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2012
330ml bottle. Opaque black with superb off-white to beige frothy lacing and lasting head. Wonderful typical (American) IPA hoppy aroma with a sweet dark malt undertone, herbes. Soft beginning, a taste like a walk in the forrest, blueberry, resin, coniferes, a dry mouthfeel throughout, decent sweetness, decent sourness - what a combination! This is awesome, full of flavour but oh so drinkable. Superb!
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2012
From bottle. Pours as good as black with bubbly tan head. Wowee the smell is tidy, lots of grapefruit (Nelson?) and mango, some resinous aroma also. Similar taste, little malt on the finish. Well bittered. The hops really dominate. It’s..........Delicious! Leighton (21083) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle at home in London, care of Nate Dawg. Pours black-brown with a vivacious, foamy beige head. Aroma holds a healthy dose of roasted malts with edges of pine and deep citrus. The flavor is heavy and bold and, immediately, I can understand why some people aren’t crazy about this beer. There are people who can’t take a punch, who’ve never gutted it out properly in the dirty, the under. There’s a gritty bitterness to this beer that’s just barely offset by a righteous roasted malt character sweetened by charred, beaten dark malts. The bitterness is earthy and piney, with only subtle hints of bright citrus. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes slightly dry with still some resinous, earthy and piney hops. Within the roasty undertow there are notes of coffee and bittersweet cocoa. The ending impression is that of grapefruit, charred malts and hope. Awesome beer. 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. jd543 (428) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2013
Really deep dark brown - basically black, with a huge off-white head. Aroma of skunky, floral, orange-citrus hops and nutty, roasty malt. Flavour is light sweet and meium bitter with a long finish. Texture is oily with light carbonation. An excellent beer. gunnar (9013) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle from MyBrewerytap.com. Pours pitch black with a big frothy tanned head. Aroma is heavy malty,light roasted and meaty, good hoppy aromas as well, piney and spruce, lovely. Taste is light sweet chocolate and caramel, smooth and filling mouthfeel, hops mix in to make a good balanced brew, with some good citrus and piney notes.Finishes off with a lingering sweet liquorice and bitter pine bite. Good shit.