Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 8, 2012
Dark Chocolate with tan head that collapses to a lacing. Pithy tangerine and chocolate. Rich orangey hop juice with a touch of milk chocolate in the finish. Perfect balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Gentle carbonation helps it to slip down far too easily for 7.4%. Good work! KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2012
Bottle from BeerMerchants.
An explosion of bittersweet flavour, perfect balance between hops and malt. As good as they come! BeerViking (4787) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
Cask at the Magpie black with an off-white head. Aroma of clean hops, a little demerara, a faint hint of oak. Palate is rich with hops, hints of citrus and perfume, all superbly balanced by a firm treacle and liquorice malt body and a good alcohol bite. StueyD (1583) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2015
A pitch black beer with cola brown tints in the light with a thick latte coloured head. A light, but complex aroma, there’s a dominant hop element, grassy and piney, then a rather smoky, liquorice malt aroma that brings in a hint of raisiny dried fruit. Medium dry mouthfeel. The taste carries on from the aroma. A big pithy citrus hop flavour, grassy and piney, then the bittersweet malt flavour comes through, smokey and woody, coffee and liquorice, dark caramel and raisiny dried fruit. The finish is long and lingering with all the complex flavours hanging around! Bottle from the Maris Otter Beer Festival 2015, Norwich. Theydon_Bois (19506) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2012
Poured from 330ml bottle at home into UK half pint glass (Jan ’12).
This is a hopped up/sexed up version of the standard Conqeuror Black IPA (5% ABV).
Deep chocolate brown verging on black in colouration with a pretty thin tan head.
Great piney hoppy nose to this beer with a little sweet malt.
Dried fruits - something tropical and citrusy in there. Hints of toffee, maybe even a faint taste of coffee a little Licquorice. There’s a lot going on in the glass.
Some 7 or 8 cask barrels were also released into the wild and I was also lucky enough to sample this in that format at Egham beer festival (Nov ’11) - it didn’t disappoint!
2 word simple review for this great Black IPA - " BOSH - WALLOP " !!!
Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours black-red with a foamy, beige head. Big and juicy pine aroma with nice, moderate roasted malts. Medium to strong sweet flavor, some dark malts, light caramel, pine, grapefruit. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sticky, sweet and resinous finish, more roast, light cocoa, lots of juicy grapefruit and pine. Excellent black IPA. cgarvieuk (24488) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2012
Bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... deep coffee and roast malt nose ... light oily body ... rich chocolate malts and big pine ... juicy and rich ... sweet roast .. very nice... little coco nib (how odd) saxo (18301) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle from AlesByMail.co.uk. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, rich bitter hops, flowers, chocolate and pine. Nice! JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle - black with a beige head. Aroma of roast malt, dark fruit, liquorice and floral hops. Similar in the taste, very well balanced, excellent smooth mouthfeel, lovely hoppy bitter finish. Excellent Fin (10541) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2012
Bottle from ’Jacks’ Westholme Stores, Goring-on-Thames, Oxon December 2011 consumed at home 09.02.12 Its rare indeed that I have three beers from different breweries in bottles on the same evening and that I give a score of 4+ to each of them. However tonight is such a night with Magic Rock, Kernel being joined in a fabulous threesome by Windsor & Eton. Pours very, very dark brown with a light beige medium head. Coffee and hops combine in the mouth to great effect, its a different beast when compared to the Kernel and Magic Rock offerings but no less impressive. Perhaps a bit more coffee and hops showing straight away, in fact it reminds me of the coffee IPA’s that I’ve had. Nice softness in mouth with a real juicy burst and then the coffee and malts take over before a bitter pithy but softening finish. Spent coffee grains remain and hoppy burps are aplenty. Roasty and with some unsweetened liquorice this is a corker. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov17 4.1