Leighton (21513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle at a tasting. Pours dark brown, a bit flat. Heavy citrus hops in the nose, some pine resin, some chocolatey roast. Medium sweet flavor, dry and roasty, with notes of cocoa, along with heavy and sticky hops, giving medium to strong bitterness. Medium bodied with almost no carbonation. Big, sticky finish, some good roast in there, mild charred tobacco. Some cheese in the nose, and I like it. Oily body, too. Nice beer. Christian (13685) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2011
Black with a small off-white head. Aroma of licorice, roast malt and ash with a fruity touch of citrus. Sweetish dark malty flavour with avery hoppy finish fonefan (49586) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2011
Dedollewaitor (16178) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2011
Handbottled from Gazza @ ChrisOs.
Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dark malt, moderate hoppy, grapefruit, crispy green hops. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long to average duration, roasted, dark roasted, coffee, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
London Week, 2011. Pours unclear amber with a small white head. Coffee, fruit and some vague oxidized notes. Roast, caramel and hops. Smooth. chriso (7569) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
Hand-bottled from Merton Winter Beer Festival - thanks to Bob and Thomas for lugging some take-out back to the Cask Pub & Kitchen. Very dark red/black. Almost opaque. Not surprisingly it had lost a little condition on the journey. Very assertive resinous hops in the aroma, coupled with a firm roasty under-pinning malt. More of the same in the flavour. Also some subtle dark cooking chocolate accents. Lip-smacking bitterness that lingers long in the aftertaste. Excellent stuff. I’m a big fan of the style when done well and this certainly was done well.
Fin (10621) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2011
Cask, gravity at Merton Winter Beer Festival 04.02.11 Pours black with some reddish glints and with a light beige head on top. Aroma is quite big hoppiness but there is also some roasted notes and a goodly lacing of decent cocoa powder. In fact the latter was what I also liked in the mouth and whilst I really enjoyed that clean crisp green juicy hoppy bite I also liked the interplay with the nice smooth but dark cocoa richness that sat on the tongue. Overall a great beer and vying for my festival favourite with the Crouch Vale Pioneer. Great stuff again Gazza! A8 A5 T8 P4 Ov16 4.1 bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2011
Gravity cask at the Merton (Oxon) Winter BF. Ruby/black with a beige head in lively fresh condition. Very true to style with pungent resinous US hops and a bitter chocolate not too roasty darkness. Steel City have become a safe bet for quality creative beers and this one certainly ticks all the boxes! hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2011
Cask, gravity, at Merton Winter Beer Festival ’11. Very dark brown, near black Hoppy aroma. Rich, sweet, oily malt taste with a little ash and marmalade. Excellent, and didn’t suffer in comparison with the Hopshackle Hibernator, which I had just sampled. tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2011
Drunk firstly @ Merton Winter Beer Festival 2011 then shared with Justin @ Moor; Steve @ Brewwharf, Reakt @ Brewwharf, Nate @ Utobeer, Chris O and tickers/people @ Moor Meet The Brewer bash!!
I love black IPA’s and this is a classic. Really pleased with how this turned out at the festival but traveling with the take out and the beer definitely regressed by the time it got to London which was a shame.
This is my 600th scoop chosen beer! Excellent oaky-coffee-bittery espresso aroma; similar to G8 Divide Oak Aged Yeti. also dark raw chocolate, hint of vanilla and LOADS of good hops! Yes HOPS!
Taste is shit loads of velvet; bitter espresso, raw chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla bean, tad edge of sourness, shit-hot balance and incredibly drinkable. Can drink this all year round. fantastic work. Gutted it didn’t hold up during the trip home and lost some life.
imdownthepub (14791) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
Cask conditioned at Merton Winter Beer Fest ’11 with Fin & Hughie. Jet black with cream head. Ok, I’ve been reading the notes that go with this, but I do get the bit about the malt being de-husked to a less burnt note, it made it a cleaner taste on the palate, less of the coffee husk notes and more of a roasty sweetness. Despite being a hop monster this is quite smooth on the palate, easily drinkable with a simple dry bitterness, then a final dry, flowery hop finish, a very accomplished beer and well up with my favourites.