Bottled my black IPA a week ago and, me being too anxious to wait, I tried one bottle last night. I was quite pleasantly surprised. I wouldn't mind it to be a bit less bitter, or maybe having a bit more aroma hops, but it's quite nice anyhow. Nice and dry, but with a little bit of sweetness too. And it has a nice chocolate-y roastiness to it as well. Definitely better than some professionally made beers, but, admitted, still not quite as good as, say, Founders' Dark Penance. I used honey for priming, and it does give a gentle flavour to the aftertaste. Not sure if it'll be there after a few more weeks of storage.
This one should've been around 7% alcohol according to BrewMate, but ended up a bit over 9%. Maybe I should correct the "brewhouse efficiency" percentage on BrewMate?
But, yes, this was a couraging batch. Might add a bit of Citra or something to add a bit of fresh citrusy notes to the next one and maybe use a bit less bittering hops. The malt ratio seems pretty good for my taste.
SABATON / ARKONA / STUCK MOJO / HEIDEVOLK / KILPI / SLAYER
FOLK METAL / THRASH METAL