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Brewed by Arbor
Style: Black IPA
Bristol, England
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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 2012   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Cask; Special - Freestyle Fridays #13. Also available bottle conditioned (at 7.5%).
Someone started a vicious rumour that we were brewing a 2012 IBU beer to mark the London 2012 Olympics. So, naturally, we did... Bravo and Zeus (IKE) first wort additions followed by late additions of Galena and Summit.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Pitch black beer with an incredibly strong light brown head. The aroma is fairly strongly roasted, and the flavour extremely bitter and espresso coffee roasted. What a good strongly roasted beer is all I can say.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2233) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Black pour. Big tan head that is slow to fall and leaves tons of lacing. Big aroma of powdered chocolate and oranges, hops and malt. Taste is mirroring the aromas. Very tasty. Slightly bitter, but sweet at the same time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (5242) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2012
330ml Bottle - Black with a foamy tan head. Liquorice, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, soap and nuts int he aroma. Roasted, hoppy and fairly rich taste with coffee, chocolate, sweet liquorice and roasted malt detected. Some soapy hops can be felt in the lingering finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
swooper (1248) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
bottle, awesome rocky stable brown head, black, coffee, roasty, with hoppy hinds, very dry bitterness, medium sweetness, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, on of the richest beers I ve had for last year, maybe lack of drinkability, cant drink four of these a night but thats not a mission of this brilliant beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2012
bottle at home ... deep black ... huge tan bubbly head ... softroast malt ... sof bitter pine nose ... over fizzy ... huge hcocolate roast thats wonderfull... but its then got a huge bitter linger... over pine and some charcoal.. heavy going

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8068) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle. Black with a very lively beige foam. Aromas are woody pine with floral notes and cocoa bean. Liquorice with blackberry and coffee. Flavours are grapefruit juice with roast malts and nutty coffee. Woody with light smoke and even some burnt notes. Cocoa with pine and fruity bitterness. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2012

Bottle 330ml.

ABV: 7.5%. Clear dark black - red brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, licorice, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, salty, roasted, licorice, citrus. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120803]

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle from Great Grog. Pours a very dark brown colour with a thick tan head. Aroma of pine, pineapple, caramel, coffee and alcohol. Great bitterness and similar flavours. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
7.5% Bottle from Trembling Madness. An inky black beer that pours with a HUGE foamy tan coloured head. It has chocolate and liquorice flavours, very strong spicy (slight sour?) orange marmalade notes and pine/grapefruit and smoke on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle at home. Deep brown/black pour, very thick ice-cream sundae style beige head. Serious head retention, actually gets in the way a bit! Must be all the hop oils. Big rich nose, some light hot chocolate powder, soft chocolate malts, light spicy hops. Sweet dark chocolatey coffee roast up front, and then a huge whack of rich, resinous hops. Looooong resinous bitter finish. A bit harsh at first, but I’m getting used to it, after a while it really balances out rather well. Not bad at all.


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