ManVsBeer (11079) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2018
Bottle from B&M, Halifax. Dark clear amber-brown, but more of the latter, with a small head. It's not got a huge amount of Black IPA character, with more of a dark malt base, but its vanilla is really dominant without being overpowering, and provides a fair smoothness to the ale, and plenty of flavour. Hanoi (980) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2017
Bottle. Nose is dark malt, vanilla, milk chocolate no hop at all. Taste is smoke dark malt, licorice, milk chocolate light pine from the hops. Passable stout but no real hop presence to justify the sobriquet black IPA MRMedellin (332) - Bogota, COLOMBIA - SEP 17, 2017
Clear dark beer, standard carbonation, small beige head. At nose has several resin notes, barnyard and toffee. In palate is slightly sweet, has a medium body, with an adequate balanced flavor followed by a nice bitterness and a strong coffee flavor at the end. kokos666 (462) - Gliwice, POLAND - SEP 14, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2017 Bottle. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts and light hops. Medium body, roasty, medium ashy bitterness. Long lasting coffee finish. More like stout than ipa ciocanelu (3090) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - AUG 17, 2017
Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has citrus zest, some caramel, toasted malts. Taste starts with toasted malts, some fudge, continues dry and zesty, finishes hoppy with a light roasty bitterness. Light body with soft carbonation. Quite dry, easy drinking but tasty.
Soupordean (97) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2017
Very dark brown. Certainly bordering on black. Liquorice, malt, soot and spruce in the aroma. Taste is malty but very chalky and sweet. Short to medium cloying finish. Oily body. Not great and not really a BIPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Rasmus40 (22127) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2017
Cask @ Victoria, Birmingham. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Lacks hops for a Black IPA. 260717 saxo (19569) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2017
Cask @ Victoria, Birmingham. Nice creamy head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, hops, flowers, caramel and has a nice bitter finish. HopsDoctor83 (64) - Walsall, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2017 Rich dark colour, really fruity smell like rich fruit cake. Sharp taste best sipped and savoured Onesimus (107) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2017
It was the write up promise of a blend of five different malts and five different hops that kinda spiked my taste interest from the get-go.
Pfftsshhhh off pops the top and the experience begins. Almost instantly you are aware of the malty and citrusy aromas and I haven't even begun to pour. Gently I roll the dark mahogany beverage down the side of the glass and the creamy beige head peaked at two fingers sitting cockily above the glass rim.
After pausing for a few minutes to get comfortable I bugle the beer. There's lots going on but mainly on the malt side there is dark fruits and hints of cocoa and coffee. On the hop side there faint hints at a delicate floral bouquet.
In the mouth I think Saddlers have misjudged it.
Its surprisingly and a little disappointingly only medium-thin with a lowish carbonation - hence it's to thin for stout and to lifeless for an IPA.
On to the flavours - upfront is the maltiness with a modicum of mordant cocoa coming through but this is rapidly replaced by the pithy bitterness that is quite satisfying. Then just as you are savouring this along comes a delightful, delicate but very distant orange zing that orbits the palate to finish
I've tried a few of these blended genres beers and this has some good points but for me this one didn't work to well and left me somewhat disappointed