Brewed by Alechemy
Style: Black IPA
Livingston, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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An intriguing juxtaposition of dark malt colours combined with the full citrus and floral aromas of a traditional IPA.
Or is it a Cascadian dark ale? Porter in colour with a tan head and medium body. Citrus hop aroma with a balance of slight roast and chocolate malts and a crisp dry finish.
Note: this beer may be referred to as simply "Black IPA"
Previously Called Cockleroy Black IPA

maeib's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, - MAY 16, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Lyric London 13/05/13. A very very dark purple coloured beer with a whitish head. A tasty hoppy black beer with lots of coffee and some sweet malts. Hops are berry fruit domianted rather than your typical citrus. Quite complex but really too sweet and too much coffee for a BIPA. Probably divides opinion but I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (899) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours black -brown with a reddish tinge and a foamy tan head leaving lots of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and citrusy hop. Taste is roast malt, dark chocolate, coffee against fruity citrusy hoppiness and some lingering bitterness. Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry roast earthy bitter finish. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (18955) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
Bottled. Hazy dark brown, small head. Buttery licorice and graepfruit aroma. Mid dry with medium body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Chocolate and grapefruit. Really bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Falek (7) - - MAR 22, 2014 does not count
Very refreshing citrus aroma, nice dark colour, hoppy finish’ very enjoyable after big meal

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (11798) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
Dark brown. Smells a bit gamey...taste is blandish, buttery and without any real substance. Just a lot of disappointing.
Earlier Rating: 2/24/2014 Total Score: 3.6
Med brown, bubbly head. Aroma toasty, with light woody hop notes. Taste is like hoppy brown ale, full of toast and c hop marmalade.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 4, 2014
bottle at brauhaus in edinburgh. dark brown with a thin beige head; roasty aroma with a hint of pine; soft texture; not much ipa characted - only the faintest of citric hops, some caramel sweetness. not very exciting

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (6994) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle on the train from Inverness to Wick, from Tomlinsons IS, 20/10/13. Very dark mahogony brown with a reddish hues, good sized light tan head. Mose is light roast, mineral notes, hint of soap, earthy hops, light pine, bitter tropicals. Taste comprises cocoa powder, earthy hop bitterness, light pine, bitter grapefruit, toasty roasty maltings. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish with a touch of earthy hop bitterness. Drinkable but low down in the CDA order of peckings !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2173) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2013
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Clear chestnut brown, so not black for a kick-off! Aromas of milk chocolate , piney hops, some lemon cake. Taste has a good balance of bitter and sweet, but edging closer to porter than IPA. Could be fuller-bodied, but good creamy texture. Overall, a very nice beer with a good bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wyzzywyz22 (1885) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle, Nina’s Edinburgh. Deep dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Roasted malt, dark fruit and hop in the nose. The flavour had notes of coffee, chocolate, malts and some decent hop bitterness.. A solid and drinkable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (243) - - SEP 13, 2013
Looks like a stout, very dark and with a frothy white head. Quite nice overall, an unusual taste at first but you get used to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (7349) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2013
500ml bottle bought at Nina’s Mini Market. Nice and clear rosewood coloured body. Firm, creamy, off-white head, lots of bubbles to it. Laces well. Malty nose added by moments of dark fruits. A taste character of dark grapefruits, dried fruits and mid-sweet malts. Smooth, slightly roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied. Likable (hotel room, Edinburgh 10.08.2013).

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