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Adnams / Stone Supremely Self-Conscious Black Ale

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Brewed by Adnams
Style: Black IPA
Southwold, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask; special for Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival October 2013. The brew crew from Stone has returned, for the third time, to brew a beer especially for a Wetherspoon real-ale festival, this time at Adnams Brewery, in Suffolk. This is an overwhelmingly hoppy beer, with a silky bitterness on the finish, with a subdued roast character present, resulting in a beer which looks like a dark porter, yet drinks like an American IPA.
Hops used: Cascade, Centennial, Citra, First Gold, Galaxy, Sterling
Dry hopped with Galaxy and Citra


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Two Cask Pints at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Oct 2013 during Spoons Festival - Black in colour with Ruby tinge. Very Hoppy; piney resinous hops. Very Fruity; grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits. Malty; roasty malts, caramel, some chocolate notes. Lovely hop/fruit/malt balance. Smooth. JDW tasting notes are spot-on "silky bitterness; subdued roast character". Very enjoyable. Terrific subtle Black IPA!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Cask at some Spoonies in London. Pours clear, amber-brown with a creamy beige head. The nose holds toasted pine, dry grapefruit and mellow roasted malts. Light sweet flavor with burnt pine, dry cocoa, light earthy bitterness. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately roasty in the finish with further grapefruit, burnt pine, some more earth. Well balanced. Not bad overall, which on the Spoons curve makes it damn good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol, October 213. Dark brown with a small, tan, head. Juicy hops, rich, slight toasttyy mlats and a dryish finish. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1342) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
Cask at Wetherspoons, Streatham. Pours a dark ruby brown with an off white head. Aroma is great - big passion fruit and mango with a choc malt thing happening too. Medium body, mild carbonation. Trop fruits go into a choc coffee maltiness followed by a solid grapefruit bitterness that lingers. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2013
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Very dark chestnut with off white head. I love the introduction of music to some Spoons and Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader seems pretty apt for this. Everybody’s feelin warm and bright, everybody’s dancing in the moonlight. We get it on most every night. Just the mood for a hoppy, fruity beer like this, relaxing and tasty, blackcurrant, hoppy, pine with a nice astringency. It’s got a fine and natural bite.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (1462) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 24 October. Poured a very dark, near black ruby colour with a tight beige head and good lacing. Grassy aroma with notes of tropical fruit and light roast. Flavours of dried fruit, lemon grass and caramel. Finish was very dry hop resin, roasted malt and bitter citrus.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2013
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in November 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear deep ruby in colour with a thick creamy buff head. Citrus notes of lime peel in the short aroma. Thin but fruity mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a juicy citrus fruit base of pink grapefruit and lime full in the mouth. Strong citrus note to the hop resins present in the intense bitter aftertaste. Finish has a strange wood smoked roasted malt flavour which clashes awkwardly with the strong citrus hop element. Once you get your head around that ongoing battle of flavours, it is in fact a decent New World Black IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Checked out having heard good things about it, Pretty nice but not amazing, maybe not too well kept? Nice mixed tropical hop aroma, fading through some light toasted roasted malt body to a fairly bitter aftertaste. Dark, dark brown colour.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1088) - SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2013
Darkest mahogany with frothy beige head. Bright, richly hopped and edge of tiramisu. Silky and soft mouthfeel and initial taste, rich malt cascades into a roasted bitterness and dense hop backboard, leading to a tingly dry finish. Very moreish and US tasting. Well played.

Cask, JDW Foot Of The Walk, Edinburgh

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 Cask conditioned handpump Cordwainer Northampton 22/10/ A near black coloured beer with a whitish head and lace. A beautiful hoppy aroma. Nice citrussy notes. Good hops in the mouth but a grassy edge which deflects from the flavours I’d like. Not as tasty or singing as it should be. Score 3.8
Subsequent rating scored 4.0. Average becomes 3.9


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