Theydon_Bois (19201) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2016
Bottle at Bespin, thanks to Daniel Sprey, 09/05/16.
Rich mahogany brown with a decent beige cap.
Nose is leafy hop, pine, straw, burnt biscuit, toffee.
Taste comprises rich malt, spice, pine needle, toffee fudge, charr.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close peppered with leafy hop bitterness.
Ok CDA ... a touch sweet overall ... would prefer more bitterness. kryon (3511) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2016
Pours foggy brown with low off white head
Aromas of tropical fruits, caramel, chocolate, , coffee, pine
Taste has a nice caramel maltyness , hoppy tropical fruityness , hints of coffee Ktwse (4825) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2016
Pours deep brown to black with low tan head. Aroma of citrus, chocolate, light coffee tones. Taste is mellow sweet chocolate with a hint of subtle coffee bitter in the finish. Light to medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation. ansalon (3802) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with a low off white head. Aromas of peach, apricot, roasted malt, chocolate, fruit jam. Taste is very nice balance between roasted chocolate notes and tropical fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Stuu666 (13124) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle on the bus. Pours deep brown, nose is salty toffee, pine, roasted, taste is roasted, coffee, toffee, dry.
GlasgowTAD (1778) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Pours brown black with brown head. Aroma is fruity and roasty. Taste is peach sweet, mango sweet, slight roastiness, hint of coffee. allanmb (268) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Pours dark brown with good beige head. Aroma of pine hope and sweet malt. Taste is dry with slight call hops turning into citrus bitterness. Slight malt smokey finish. gegwilson (3676) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle from Rehills of Jesmond. Disappointingly a couple of months past its best before. pours mahogany with a good frothy cream head. lovely sweet pineapple aroma with a little background coffee. The taste is sweet at first with light spice and pine before a much more bitter finish. The hops dominate, but there are some really good chocolate and coffee notes in the background. Really good. Would have been even better fresh. Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle from whole foods. Shwartzbier up front, with complementary hops in finish. Hanoi (948) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle. Nose is citrus pine, lemons, soy, seaweed,hint of charcoal. Taste is light coco, coffee hint of cola, leading to soy, hint of cream. Second sip brings more of the hops in the pine finish. Third brings some sticky black fruits and more roast notes.
This is one of the very few black IPA’s I’ve enjoyed. The hops are restrained, brining a pleasing bitterness, rather than a disjointed hop bomb.