Cunningham (8077) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2012
Black colour with a beige head. Nice fruity and hoppy aroma blended with some roasted malt. Lovely Black IPA. Rich hoppy and fruity aroma well blended with coffee and roasted malt. Ragnarock here we come. It will be a nice summer this year!Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2012
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Halden, Norway]
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of floral hops, some malt, licorice, some roasted notes and citrus. Flavor is sweet and floral with some malt, licorice leading to a bitter finish. Medium body, average carbonation. OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2012
0.5 L bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika. Opaque, dark brown to black. Tall creamy sand-colored head. Fairly mild hop nose, some oranges and hint of currants. Nicely rounded malt aroma, creamed coffee and discreet roast tones. Full body, silky mouthfeel. Taste is complex and well balanced. Not overly bitter, but just enought to balanced the malts. Creamed coffee flavored as well. Also some nice tones of red berries and peppery caramel. A light bitterness and some fine roasty tones linger in the finish. Not unlike an American style Porter, this one. Nevertheless, a lovely beverage. Rune (12975) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2012
500ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Langnes. Dense beige head with a solid stand leaving rings of lace behind. Coal black body. Inviting aroma of earthy, dark malts and herbal hops. Rich taste character of dark fruits, anise, coffee grounds and nutty fruits, as well as herbs and spices. All ingredients are well blended giving way to a rounded, bittersweet ending. Enjoying on a late Saturday evening at home in Tromsø, 26.05.2012). berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle (50cl) from Vinmonopolet (Sjølyst), Oslo. Very dark (almost black) reddish brown colour. Inch-thick light beige head, good retention, some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, coffee, chocolate, licorice, bitter orange marmalade. Full body, well-hidden alcohol, soft carbonation. Taste has excellent balance between malt sweetness, hop bitterness, citrus acidity and even a pleasant saltiness. Finish is on the dry and bitter side with a hint of paper/coffee beans.
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle. Black with a smallish cappuccino head.Good malty roast combined with refreshing citrussy hop nose. A powerful balance balance prevails also in the mouth, the dark forces of maltiness perfectly offset by Western hop powers, the latter seeming stronger towards the end. Black IPAs are everywhere these days (so no points for originality), but sharp execution deserves credit, too. tfredvik (1985) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2012
My first Black IPA, and my expectations are sky high! It starts out really good, with an absolutely magnificent looking pour: very dark brown body with copper tones, topped by a creamy, light-brown head that laces the glass excellently. The aroma isn’t as strong as I’d hoped for, but it’s still very inviting. It’s roasted with coffee and fruits. I find it much harder to recognise the different fruits in this one compared to an IPA, they are pretty well masked by the roasted notes. The citrus are in the front, and I think there are more tropical fruits lurking behind the coffee. The taste is moderate sweet with a marvellous heavy bitter finish. This is probably the most pleasant bitter taste of this strength that I’ve ever tasted: it’s a very, very bitter massive hop attack, but it’s still absolutely clean, pleasant and far from harsh. The flavours are stronger than the aroma, but again it’s difficult to specify which fruits are present other than citrus and the somewhat vague "tropical fruits". In either case the roasted coffee and fruit is a very nice combination! Perfect mouthfeel: close to full body, oily texture, very soft carbonation and stunningly well hidden alcohol. A fantastic beer that would have been on the very top of my list if the aroma and flavours were a bit stronger. I can’t wait to taste my next Black IPA!Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2012
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Ullevål Stadion, Oslo]
Flaske 0,5l fra Vinmonopolet, Tromsø Langnes. Drukket hjemme 18 Mai 12. Dyp amber. Høyt lysebrunt luftig skum. Står som betong. Herlig aroma av ymse frukt & nøtter. Litt søt. Smaken er søt frukt & litt mandler med innslag av lakris. Syrlig bitter ettersmak. Fin balanse. Alkoholen godt integrert. madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2012
9th May 2012visionthing (5408) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle from Barley Wine, Copenhagen. Semi clear dark brown beer. Big pale tan head. Palate is light, a little soft and a little dry. Sweet toffee caramel malt. Mild piney hops. Semi dry finish. Nice beer - could just do with a little more aggression in the hops.
50cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours black with a beige head. Hoppy aroma with roasted malt, chocolate, hops and a hint of coffee. Sweet and fruity with a nice chocholaty and citrussy flavour. Pleasantly bitter finish with warming alcohol. Very pleasant BIPA!