Brewed by Arbor
Style: Black IPA
Bristol, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottle conditioned.
The name makes very little sense, and indeed the style itself is a bit wrong if you put any thought into it. The beer does, however, work very well indeed. To create this fully loaded Black IPA we used large amounts of Maris Otter, Cara and Carafa III malts to create a wonderfully sweet black wort. Before boiling we add a load of hops. During the boil we add a load of hops. After the boil we add a load of hops. You get the idea - lots of hops!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
Bottled, given to me by Jon Comer of Arbor - Thanks, Jon! Almost black in colour with an attractive, tight off-white head that lasted all the way down the glass. Big citrus, lime and grapefruit aroma with a touch of balancing fruit cake sweetness. Flavour had some chocolate and berry fruit, with more citrus hop, roasted malts and a lick of lactose sourness. Finish was pleasantly dry finish with a prickly edge. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ladnewton (1806) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2011
Cask at the CASK Pub & Kitchen on 3rd September 2011. Virtually black with thin grey head and lacing, particularly at first. Plenty of roast malts. Cofee and smoke in main kick and a richly bitter finish. Full-mouth engaging texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
Shared bottle at CPK. Pours a semi-clear, dark ruby-brown with a strong, tan, creamy head. Light caramel and brown sugar in the nose, with some citrus hops. Sweet, malty flavor with some char and cocoa, followed by nice and fruity bitterness. Medium in body with fine carbonation and light warmth. Finishes smokey, with roasted malts and some light hops. Also some faint notes of cheese. Really, really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at the Cask n Kitchen thanks muchly to Nate.
Fully black with a thin beige head. Good looking beer. Excellent nose. Big English style hops with a bit of toffee but in perfect balance. Really good hints of leather and tobacco too. Good level of complexity. Flavour is similar, there’s just a hint of stewed apples that is doing it no favours at all and that’s a real shame. Great lick of sourness and some really good base malt coming through. You know what? This is a bloody good beer, the main thing holding it back for me is the total lack of finishing hops. With a kick of dry and bitter atthe finish it would be superb. As it is, it’s still really good. Top stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Bree Louise London. A near black coloured beer with a nice whitish head and lace. Lovely grapefruity hoppy aroma. Excellent hops in the mouth too. A little yeasty note spoils it a touch. Definitely no roasty flavours here. A good full body. Tasty, but there’s just a little spoiler which takes it below some BIPAs I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (4260) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle from Jug and Bottle, Bubwith. Dark ruby red. Beige, tight, creamy head. Looks good. Aroma is licorice with some coffee. The hops lend a decidedly minty element. Dark red fruit on top. Juicy, mouthwatering palate. Bitter, not overly dry finish. Liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 27, 2011
Factoberfest 2011. Dusty Terry’s Chocolate orange on the nose with more pithy orange in the body and a dy chocolate sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2012
(Cask at Cask P&K, Pimlico, London, 20 April 2012) Black colour with brief, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of pine needles, liquorice and coffee. Malty, roasted taste with coffee, pine needles, grapefruit, dark chocolate, vanilla and a generous piney, citric bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, slightly sweetish. Excellent black IPA with an impressive hop presence, backed up by a solid malt profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2012
Bottle. Black with nice big cream head. Aroma is a tad weak but is a nice mix of floral and citrus hops with a little coffee. Taste has slightly soapy hops but nice, with coffee and a little licorice at the end. Nice body with a light bitterness, I’d prefer a little more bitterness. A decent black

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle at home. Black pour, thick fluffy off-white head. Soapy hops, lemon, touch of herbs (Rosemary? Thyme?) and a touch of coffee on the nose. Soft juicy bitterness. Soft roast malts, minty chocolate?! Hmm. Nice and juicy hop presence, soft lingering bitterness. Nice.

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