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 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (4454) - 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.

   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 Iím getting used to it, after a while it really balances out rather well. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnRMurdoch (4365) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2012
330ml bottle from Euston Tap. Almost black colour, big foamy head. Spicy hop aroma. Big flavour of biscuit, coffee & hops. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. A really big hoppy ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1945) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle at Chrisoís Pre-GBBF Shindig 2012. Poured a cloudy, near opaque brown with a small, fading bubbly beige head. Lovely juicy citrus fruit aromas of grapefruit with resin & pine too & touches of roasted malt. Drier flavour-wise with more roasted malts, pine, liquorice & berry skin. Medium body, firm & lightly carbonated palate texture with a lingering dry, resinous bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Bottled@chriso pre-gbbf shindig 2012 (bottle bought from Euston Tap). Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, herbal, fruity and a bit salty/earthy notes as well. Flavour s liquorice, mild ashes, coffee along with fruity and floral hops. Nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2866) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle from Mr Lawrence Wine Merchants, Brockley. Black pour with a soon dissipating tan head. Coffee, dark fruit and chocolate aroma. Licorice, toffee, dark fruit flavour with a light citrus zing in the finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2012
At last a review in real time, still have backlog, but Iím getting there. Iíve got a looooooong taste of coins in my mouth. Coins that have been left at the bottom of a caffetiere for a month to linger in the remains of resins coffee. It goes on and on and on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2012
Massive chocolate and coffee on the nose, not very IPA but very pleasant. Pitch Black with a solid cream head. Roastiness and bitterness dominate the flavour with a little spicy hop flavour hiding in there. An interesting beeer but I donít think Iíd try it very often....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle. Black with a big light brown head that doesnít budge. Aroma is massively soapy, some grapefruit, citrus, pine, chocolate and coffee but soap is the order of the day. Taste is again dominated by soap but when broken down also has grapefruit, chocolate and coffee. Thick with a fair bitterness and a lingering chocolate finish. A nice big robust beer with some very nice elements but the soapiness is hard to overcome

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