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Arbor FF #13 - 2012 Double Black IPA

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 2012   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
worldbeertaste (1796) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
At first itís sort of like a black IPA as in its smooth black and slightly roasted and then moves into a bitter finish that you can expect. Where the surprise happens is after the aftertaste when the intense bitterness consumes and destroys your taste buds. And by bitter, I mean the most intensive bitter taste that hits like a nails and black ash. Incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10874) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, nose is pine, pineapple, roast malts, taste is similar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (613) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2014
Cola colour, small head. Aroma roast meat, grapefruit, caramel, bread, pine, grass. Taste is initially sweet toffee, pine, licorice, then bitter grapefruit and lime and finishes with charred meat. Medium bodied. Very flavourful, quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
Another seething menace from Arbor. Strong coffee nose with 90% cocoa lindt chocolate and licorice coming through. Pours a deep, dark brown with a fluffy head the colour of a double espresso crema. The flavour follows the nose with rich, dark notes in spades - bitter, bitter cocoa, buttery, burnt malts, more licorice, some aniseed, some flambeed figs, and a long, long, oily finish. Rich, complex, chocolatey, bitter and biting, this is a corker from the best of the new Bristol breed of progressive brewers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
berkshirejohn (6072) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2013
33cl bottle from Bitter Virtue, Southampton. An opaque black pour with a ruby red glow against the light and a billowing tan head; the aroma is intense with bitter Belgian chocolate and a touch of wood smoke. Itís absolutely bursting with flavour - ripe purple fruit, licorice, burnt treacle, and tar setting the head ringing. The finish is comparitively calm, but full of toasty, deeply roasted malts and rather dry. This is incredibly satisfying and beats the Kernel Scanner Darkly Black IPA Iíd just tried hands down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 9, 2013
Botella. Black colour, small beige head. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt and hops, really nice. Good mouthfeel. Flavour is pleasantly roasty malty with citrussy hops, some chocolate and a good above medium bitterness. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23363) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle @ PapsÝ. Pours a dark brown black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty hoppy licorice aroma. Roasted malty hoppy licorice and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy licorice finish with weak piney hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (5568) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2012
Aroma has some notes of pear drops and some burnt malts and charcoal. The flavour comes through in the aftertaste with some bitter chocolate and intense coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle at home. Black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, milk chocolate and hops. Roasted and hoppy flavour of grapefruits, grass and chocolate. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40836) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and light grapefruity hoppy. Bitter, grapefruity and dark roasted malty, dark chocolate to liqourice. Bitter and dry roasted finish.

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