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Brewed by BlackBar
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Cambridge, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Cask; Regular.

Hopped Black Ale
Our black ale, no it’s not a stout or a porter. Its an ale that is black and for drinking in the winter months when a blonde just doesn’t cut it.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, - NOV 13, 2012
cask at cloisters ... deep brown black... thin tan head ... soft toffe roast ... light black currant nose... light mellow roast... dark malts soft sweet roast ... dark malts ... juicy frutis ... soft blackcurrant

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9448) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Cask at Cloisters tap takeover Nov 2012, memory banks rate. They were pretty memorable due to the brewer talking us through the water supply, and the noticeable chalky effect it had on all his beers. This pours black with a thick off-white head. Aromas of dark stone fruit, light roast. Taste is more chocolate than roast, and more dark fruits. Hides the chalkiness this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 23, 2013
Gravicask (CWAF2013, Thurs)
Simple roasty body. A bit dry, some estery herbal hop retronasals. A little watery, but a very easy drinker. I gave samples of this to people who didn’t want something too heavy and most agreed it was an easy drinker, and went for a full one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13232) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2013
Cask conditioned at Cambridge Winter Beer Fest ’13. Very Dark Brown with cream head. This beer had quite a hoppy bitterness from the off, reasonably crisp but also with a hint of sweetness from the malts. A touch of resin from the hop. Really quite tasty and decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2012
[cask at Cloisters Bar, Edinburgh] Black pour, slightly off-white head. Roasty nose, chocolate and cocoa. Dark stone fruit, charcoal. Finishes quite bitter. ’An ale that’s black and for drinking’ – agree with that wholeheartedly [15112012]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2227) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2012
Breezy Bael scented nose, epic black body and a slight sandy head. Real depth draws in from the initial taste with almost Ribena or Rioja ruby sweetness followed by toffee and almond palate aided by a pillowy moutfeel. The finish continues a-pace, throwing a slow toasted moreish malt into the finish before a deceptively bitter linger with drops of Bergamot that sweeps things clean. A superbly balanced beer, my favourite of the lot. Named after an idea and profession of Joe’s better half, although I’d like to get the full tale some day. Refreshing, fresh tasting yet developed, fluid from nose to linger. The effort and know-how put into the brew pours out of this number, frustrating that it doesn’t scratch the surface of the other (although excellent, sideways takes on British beers).Cask, Cloisters, BlackBar Takeover

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (5241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 19, 2012
On cask @ Cloisters. Pours black almost opaque with a nice head. The nose has some chocolate and biscuits. The taste confirms the chocolate biscuits. The palate is well balanced. This one does better than the others to hide the chalkiness but it is still there and it is even intrusive with the dark malty flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2012
From cask at Cloisters. Pours clear and golden deep amber to brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, light chocolate and toffee. Bitter, medium sweet and roasted breadish. Lingering light chocolate finish, smooth and roasted to dry bitter finish. A bit too bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2012
Cask-conditioned at the Cambridgeshire & Lincolnshire Beeriodical, at the Seven Stars, Bristol, August 2012. Dark, ruddy brown with a decent, off-white head. Sweet malty brew, with caramel, dark fruits and a gently bitter finish. Would make an excellent winter warmer.

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