Benzai (16993) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle @ home. Opaque black color, medium sized beige to light brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is lightly malts, but mostly -just like the description says- mango juice. Taste lightly malts, lightly roasted malts, again full mango, fruit hoppy and quite bitter. Suitable decent to medium body, suitable a bit soft carbonation. This is absolutely lovely! Superb balance between roasted malts and hoppy mango juice! Lovely stuff! DutchDrebus (6365) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2016
Bottle @ home. Absolutely love it. Black, hoppy, very fruity, roasty, coffee, chocolate. Awesome combination and a superb black ipa. skortila (6025) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle. 33cl sample. The aroma has light roast, lots of mango/tropical fruit. Bit hazy, dark brown coloured beer with a thin head. The taste is moderate bitter with some toffee fruit sweetness, has light roast, light chocolate, massive tropical fruits. Dry finish. Awesome stuff. Alengrin (5996) - 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. Enteogenisk (162) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2016
(33 cl bottle in wine glass.) Pours black with a medium transparency with a yellow/grey one finger head that clears slowly, laying on the surface like cream. Aroma has sweet licorice and hoppy fruits, and it is exactly this that comes on the taste. Tropical fruit notes flushed around in a river of calm licorice. Medium bitterness, great brew.
Cristobal37 (1323) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 25, 2016
Fruity mango aroma. Bitter roasted malts and fruity mango. Really big ipa with fruity mango tropical notes and roasted malts. Really exemplary bipa with the twist of mango. Totally works. tderoeck (10877) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2016
10/VI/16 - 33cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ Klaas’ Totem Brewery Unofficial Inauguration BBQ Tasting - BB: n/a (2016-641) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the bottle!
Clear brown beer, small irregular light beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: soft roast, some caramel, resinous, hoppy, tropical fruits. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty roasted, citrus, lots of grapefruit, resinous, some sweet malts, caramel. Aftertaste: roasted, bitter hops, resinous, tropical fruits.