Alengrin (5902) - BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2017 The brewer’s own description says it all: he’s not "particularly fond" of black IPA and wanted to uplift the usually somewhat ’sombre’ character of this modern craft beer style with sunny tropical fruit aromas... I’ve been raving about Omnipollo for quite some time now and I do love a good BIPA if it’s well crafted, so I’m eager to find out what their interpretation of this style is going to be like, especially after reading the brewer’s thoughts about it. Irregularly lacing, medium thick and slowly dissolving, pale greyish beige head leaving a stable rim around the glass and thin patches of greyish foam in the middle; very dark chestnut brown colour, de facto black in its general appearance but translucent till about half an inch below the surface, at least on the edges. Lovely, fragrant aroma, indeed carrying soapy, tropical, ripe mango flesh but in a volatile, ethereal manner, fading away as swiftly as it came and thus overpowered by impressions of butterscotch, sugared coffee, damp pipe tobacco, pine resin, soaked bayleaf, lemon zest, ’fondant’ chocolate but in a slender kind of way, strawberries, dried camomile, candied fig, some tangerine, a very faint hint of moldy walnut shells and something very vaguely coconut-like far away in the background. Crisp, fruity onset, some subdued dried fig- or old raisin-like sweetness but more sourish (brambleberry) and umami (fresh oyster mushroom) with a thin salty edge, softish carbonation, smooth, slick and somewhat oily mouthfeel. Thoroughly nutty maltiness acquires a brief and superficial chocolatey flavor but then quickly shifts to a pointed roasted bitterness (black coffee), which is, as befits a Cascadian dark ale, strongly accentuated - if not overcome - by a resinous, piney, grapefruity, spicy and very aromatic hop bitterness, not ruling out the malt juiciness entirely, but confidently dominating the finish and depositing a deep, tonic water-like bitterness on the root of the tongue, with long duration; that sweet but volatile mango perfume shows up again retronasally (accompanied by malty, even deliciously - but delicately - chocolate-like sensations), so it meets the description as far as I’m concerned. That being said, this mango-like component is of a fragile, rather fugacious nature, so that I cannot imagine anyone tasting this blind, would get the impression of drinking a glass of mango juice... Semantics aside, this is a beautiful example of the style - making it all the more remarkable for a brewer who doesn’t even like Cascadian dark ale to begin with, to come up with such a gem, which effortlessly catches all the characteristics one can expect from the style and more, i.e. adorned with this delicate, sweet mango feature. A must for lovers of black IPA and another illustration of Omnipollo’s virtuosity. My faith in this brewer remains unscathed, or is even reinforced - I’ll be having a lot more from them, that much is certain. madmitch76 (26467) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2016
16th August 2016shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 23, 2016
Level 42 Bottleshare. Thanks to Leighton. Clear deep amber beer, thin cream colour head. Palate is airy, semi dry. Decent fine carbonation. Soft dark malts. Smooth dark chocolate. Fairly strong hop skunk. Light tropical fruits. Light finish. Tidy but expected something special from Omnipollo.
Bottle, thanks Tim. Great aroma, light roast, big mango, milk chocolate, bit of orange, pine. Taste is great, lightly fruity, nice bitterness, awesome stuff.
drjoeng (1466) - SINGAPORE - AUG 21, 2016
10.6%ABV. Black IPA.
Poured out black . 40ºSRM.
Nose has some old leather funk, sweaty funk to it. Old lederhosen is the best my brain can do at this point. Some Chinese medicine. Some very light liniment. Not much in the way of mango, pine or even citrus freshness on the nose. The only mango I’m getting from the nose is that of dried mango or mango jerky with that sweet dried cane tang.
Mouthfeel is soapy. Palate has deeply roasted, charcoal type flavors. Woodsmoke, bamboo charcoal and burnt twigs. Bitter is that of charcoal and burnt grain. Some smoked milk or burnt caramel flavors. Has a pretty solid malt body, with black bread, oatmeal, slightly floury and dough like flavors. The taste and aroma of smoke is never far away. A deeply smoked, full-bodied, black IPA. Hops are bitter, deeply herbaceous and have a resinous finish.
Finish is actually brief-medium and has a quality of Chinese medicine at the end. Iznogud (4745) - CROATIA - AUG 21, 2016
On tap at Hopaholic, Budapest. Pours black with off-white head. Tropical fruit, mango in aroma. Roasted malts, coffee, fruit, citrus. Smooth. Finishes dry and bitter. Very good.
Theydon_Bois (21516) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2016
Bottle split at Level 42, thanks to Leighton, 16/08/16.
Light black topped with a decent tan swirl.
Nose is pine needle, light charring, sweet malts, earthy red berry, scorched earth, toffee.
Taste comprises caramel, charr, red berry bite, earthy hops, dank mango tingle.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a juicy hop scrub.
Decent enough CDA if a touch overly sweet and perfumed. Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2016
Bottle at level 42 (thanks to L-Dogg). It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The aroma is soft, sweet, toasty, juicy, orange peel, peach, mango, apricot and wood. The taste is smooth, sweet, toasty, earthy roast, coffee grounds, juicy mango/apricot, wood, twig and earth with a soft finish. Medium body and foamy carbonation. Nice aroma, but the taste didn’t quite deliver. Not bad. teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - AUG 17, 2016
Bottle shared at the August Level 42 tasting. It pours a clean brown color with small beige head. Aroma is tangy woody and fruity with notes of passion fruit mango strawberries and syrupy fakey notes. Taste is also sweet and fruity syrupy with notes of mango strawberries and melon vodka. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, OK Leighton (22836) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle shared in London - bought online. Pours deep brown with a frothy, off-white head. Nice aroma, some roast, cocoa, chewy mango, orange. Light to medium sweet flavour with dry baking cocoa, moderate roast, rindy citrus. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Dry finish, fairly toasty, with more baking cocoa, dry pine, scorched earth. Enjoyable gear. chrisv10 (18737) - DENMARK - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle, 6%. Vert dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hop, earthy and a little tropical fruit. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little espresso, earthy, hops, grapefruit, medium sweet and medium bitter