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Brew Wharf Military Intelligence

Formerly brewed at Brew Wharf
Style: Black IPA
London, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Cask: Special - 2010
Yes, a genuine black IPA. black as night, free of roast, chocolate and brown malts, but hopped with copious amounts of Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial, as is our way. The purest oxymoronic thing we could construct from memories of drinking fantastic black ipa’s from the hands of celebrated brewers Shaun "Sully" O’Sullivan and Jesse Houck, of and once of the excellent 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco. Here’s to you guys!

lgklotet's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, - AUG 28, 2010
Tap at BrewWharf. Well.. it’s black. And it’s hoppy. Superb hop aroma. Has quite the body to it, a slight astringency that I suppose comes from the darker malts. Unfortunately a styie that I haven’t sampled alot, but by the looks (and taste) of it, I might have a new favorite style! Superb job guys! Oh, and my first thought too was that the name was a take on Black Ops, it isn’t. Think oxymoron..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2010
A Mes rate. Cask at Brew Wharf.
Black body with a good tan head. Aroma is very resinous and citric and lemony. A little too much to be honest and not enough malt showing through. Very soapy in the mouth. Nice and bitter in the finish. Pleasantly dry leading to a fruity aftertaste. Decent enough but promises a lot and delivers only a little.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18719) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2010
Tap at the Brew Wharf. Pours hazy brown with a bubbly, filmy tan head. Holds a rich hop aroma with light caramel. Flavor is semi-sweet with pronounced, earthy bitterness. You can almost taste the whole flower hops. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a sticky, piney and resiny body. Finishes sweet and bitter, with some just perceptible roasted barley. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2010
@ brewpub. Pretty much opaque brown. Pretty color, low carbonation, cask suds. Balanced aroma. Juicy dark malts with American hops ahead. Rogue-ish in character. Quaffable English cask mouthfeel. Has a lovely hop flower character mixed with lovely roast. Then some acidity in finish. Nice character, pretty yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
Cloudy dark brown. Woody, slightly citrusy American hop aroma. Chocolate, toast character. Nice flavour and balance, with a nice citrusy hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2878) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2010
On draught at Brew Wharf. Dark brown pour with a beige head. Good hoppy nose with raisins, chocolate, herbs and coffee getting in on the act too . Smoky, dry flavours with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Soft hop presence easing it’s way through. Dry, hoppy bite in the finish. Went down very nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2010
[tap at Brew Wharf, London] Pours totally black, like a thin porter. Minimal head, just a thin coating of beige-hued bubbles. Aroma is sweet malt, chocolate, some hops. Tastes like a porter/doppelbock cross to me. Some hops at first but then all roasty malt. Extremely drinkable, does not taste 6.8% until halfway down when the punch hits. Nice dry finish with some roast coffee – great stuff. I didn’t get the black ‘ops thing either, by the way… [20082010]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2010
Cask conditioned handpump Brew Wharf Borough Market. A black beer with an off-white bubbly head. A really good hoppy beer. Lovely citrussy fruits in the nose with the Centennial doing its thing with some good orangey notes. Full bodied hoppy taste with subliminal(?) roastiness and sweetness. Served too cold which is a problem at the Wharf but tasty no doubt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2010
Cask (handpump) at the Brew Wharf on 17 August 2010. Oh yes, this hit the spot. Rich, dark brown colour. Powerful hops. Whatever Phil might say, I did find a bit of chocolate here and, although roast character was minimal there did seem to be more body than a "normal" IPA without suffering from the sticky, sweet hop resins that can sometimes be a problem for me. Good rendition. I see I’ve marked it higher than the 21st Amendment Back in Black which was, presumably, an inspiration of sorts. Keep it up chaps. And, unlike Ken, I didn’t work out the name because I didn’t know what Black Ops were until I looked it up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ladnewton (1811) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at Brew Wharf, London on 16th August 2010. EXQUISITE! Dark brown with grey head. Full of burnt, roast malts. Smoke and fresh-ground coffee. Lingering whole-mouth bitterness and a smooth, textured mouthfeel.

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