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Bristol Beer Factory Bęte Noire
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Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: Black IPA
Bristol, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
23rd October 2012
Opaque dark brown beer, tidy tan head. Light fresh palate. crispy and semi dry. Fresh and mild dark malt. Light and fruity hops. Trace of unsweet dark chocolate. Finishes smooth and light. Just a very light and easy going dark beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5112) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2013
50cl, new exclusive English brew Anno 2012, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex bitter brew, malty/bitter and slightly roasted/fruity, balanced, hazy, rocky head, good brew

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Leighton (9848) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC - Clerkenwell, London - this one I brought. Pours rich brown with a fine, tan cream head. The aroma is impressively mellow, with only some light, tangy dark malts and suggestions of spicy pine. Light to medium sweet flavor with burnt pine, burnt toast, faint plastic. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Bitter earth finish, more burnt toast, some licorice, more burnt sugars. Meh, pretty underwhelming. I have to wonder if my bottle wasn’t in top form (it wasn’t old, though) as this beer seems to be pretty well liked by most raters.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (1860) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A black beer with a thin quickly disappearing white head. There are notes of chocolate, vanilla, orange and grapefruit with creamy coffee notes on the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (3862) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to seth for the pour! The nose is roasted root vegetable, some charred malt. Chocolate. Faint aromas. The taste is soft charred malt, some chocolate. Mildly bitter finish. Light body, prickly carbonation. Overall, this is a little underwhelming, muted. Just OK.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (9623) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottled, 500ml from West Country Ales, Cheddar, Somerset. Black with cream head. There is an initial charred malt flavour, some liquorice, some chocolate. There is a slight sweetness to it and then a light, flowery hop note, but just a little restrained. Nice balance and good drinking. Pretty decent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3627) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Brum. The Bish has it absolutely spot on: the beauty of this beer is the softness. It still has flavour; roast, sweetness, hops but its so easy to swig. Very well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; still on a BIPA quest might be in double figures soon, pours dark black frothy off white head, strong malt aroma, taste is bitter coffee/chocolate, slight hop notes but not enough for the IPA strapline, I got slight 20pence with a hint of Ł2 pound coin.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle from AP Harvey Wines, Coventry. Black with a thick beige cap. Dribble-making nose equal parts ashtray, burnt Ribena (?), plastic, cranberry, red delicious apple. Lightly dusted, well done, chocolatey, tropical flavour kind of like a barbecued red apple, blackcurrant, blueberry and melon kebab sprinkled with cocoa. Really lip-smacking fresh hop fruitiness, soft tropical notes and blueberry. Chocolate mousse and pistachio finish. Ticks all the Black IPA boxes for me. Maybe it is a real style after all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Smooth tasting black ipa which is nice to drink with nice bitter edge but a bit short on flavor hops. Good body. Nice toasty malt with residual sweetness which matches hops nicely.


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