Cybercat (6340) - Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Strong, smoky aroma has quality coffee, molasses and roast malt notes plus a hint of - anchovies? Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with a fairly thick, if not overly persistent, dark tan head. Sublime flavor has firm smoky, coffee, molasses and roast malt components plus hints of chocolate and oatmeal. Smooth, firm-bodied texture does not have a lot of fizz, but the smoky mocha finish lingers for a while. Another winner from Mikkeller! ALLOVATE (3087) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2012
Tasted @ Grain Cru - Roll Out the Barrels, Belgian Beer Café 10/06/12.jkwood04 (5472) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2012
A confusing and perplexing beer, not so much as in the beer itself as it speaks volumes, but in the very high ratings it has achieved. Maybe I missed something!
Black as black and oily looking yet yielding of a persistent creamy tan head. Heady nose hints at dark chocolate, dusty cocoa, roasted and charred carob beans and wood, cigarette smoke and a piercing weedy and herbal note that doesn’t sit right. Lightly spritzy start on the palate, oily and viscous from there on though light as far as body. Burnt wood, ashen smoke, tobacco and tea tannins are first to hit hard. Mild dark chocolate sweetness is drowned out completely. Palate stripping, bitter and acrid, weedy hops in back aide the tannins. Long, sharp and grippingly smoky drawn swallow like eating something you know is not fit for human consumption. This has so much weight towards ridiculous hopping it might as well be a smoked hop tea. Doesn’t work at all. Good to get it out the way really!! (33cL, unsure of vintage, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
500ml bottle in an English pint. Pours black with a thick, light tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops, lots of roasted malts, and some coffee and chocolate. A very hoppy version of the beer geek breakfast. More like a black IPA than a stout. Average texture. A really good beer. DanielBrown (4563) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Pours a beautiful glossy black, with a magnificent brown, thick topping. Smells very good indeed, beautiful hoppy charcoal. Flavour is maybe not as smooth as I expected, but this is a very minor quibble, as it is certainly smooth enough. Beautifully balanced mixture of pie-crusted chocolate inflected Stout, swished back and front with a wash of piney/resin hops and sweetly fragrant green hued tang. Really a magnificent beer, which is a Black IPA as far as I’m concerned. One of the best ever. Beersiveknown (5309) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle at home from beer merchants courtesy of my fiancée, thanks!
Pours dark brown-black with a cappuccino foam head and an aroma of mango skin and pine forest. Smooth in the mouth with milk chocolate up front, some granular coffee, watermelon, tangerine pith, a touch of soap, sweet toffee and fruity coffee. Very gentle carbonation. Belies its strength. Excellent balance.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Pours dark with tan head that dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma is very hoppy, pine, roast malts, coffee. Taste resinous, coffee, toasted malts, bitterness. full body, sticky, long dry palate wrecking finish. bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2013 Draught is the same but nicer head and lace. 20110125 at Breukelen Bier Merchants.
Bottle from this year. nearly black with a little tan head and lace. Aroma is spruce, bright tangy espresso, spice and earth. Flavor is rich coffee malt and a sharp fairly one dimensional hop bitterness. The palate is surprisingly thin and clean except for and long lasting mouthwatering but still dry bitter end. this is good but seems over rated to me. Nothing meshes that well. When more cold at first it was awesome with calf liver and onions as a strong palate cleanser. The striking bitterness was perfect first. mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
[4406-20120501] 1pt0.9floz bottle. Figgy richly roasted coffee cocoa malt. Black body with a long-lasting creamy dark brown head. Roasted nutty grains and coffee ground malt flavour is quite bitter with faint evergreen hops. Full body. Delicious beer, well-rounded and balanced, love the hoppy bitterness infusion. (9/4/9/5/18) 4.5
madmitch76 (26431) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2012
28th June 2010mknoblich (7) - Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2012 does not count
Opaque black beer. Thick frothy tan head. Light piney grassy hop nose. Softish palae, fairly dry. Creamy roasted malt, hint of coffee. Alongside is piney grassy hops, fresh. Finishes dry with bitterness from the roasted malt and the hops. The roasted malt and the hops are 2 different aspects rather than a seamless whole but it’s very drinkable.
Pours dark chocolate color with tan/brown head. Smells of chocolate, coffee and hops. Initial sip starts off with chocolate and coffee notes with a punch of hops at the end. Hop resin coats the mouth and sticks with you. Excellent.
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