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

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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 61   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Cask, Keg & Bottle Conditioned; Regular. Currently 6.0% in bottle.

Black Rocks is a Black IPA. It is very dark in colour, yet has many characteristics of an India Pale Ale. Late mash additions provide the colour without the harsher, roasted flavours of the dark malts. The beer has a blackcurrant aroma and flavours of liquorice and pithy grapefruit


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2415) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle, 10C. Black with an inch of beige head. Aroma of gooseberries, grass clippings, mocha, dark berries. Carbonation is fairly high, body is medium. Sweetish at first with lots of Kiwi tropical and grassy notes, grapefruit, some dark sugars. Dryish, fairly bitter and a tad ashy at the end. Vibrant and cheerful.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beholder (58) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 3, 2014
Appearance: dark brown, or almost black with a medium sized tan head that stays very long. Nice lacing. I don’t like the sediment floating in the glass throughout drinking. Aroma: not very intense, with hints of roastiness and tropical fruits. Imperial Black from Buxton had much better aroma than this one. Taste: I’m not sure, but I think something’s wrong here. This doesn’t taste like an american black ale. It lacks the hoppiness, instead there’s a lot of roastiness and coffee plus that burnt aftertaste plus medium but lasting and rather unpleasant bitterness. Dry finish. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, low carbonation. Overall: not a bad beer, but I guess this wasn’t the best batch. Bottled on 7-01-2014. Well, I’ll try this one again, but not any time soon.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebizbizon (19) - POLAND - FEB 28, 2014
The aroma is great, some fruit which I could not specify, later on I’ve read that it’s blackcurrant - well maybe ;) but I like it, mixed with roasted malt aroma. Fruity taste.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HonusWagner (1368) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Not as fresh as I would like, and the rating will suffer for it, but I think I wouldn’t have loved it regardless. Notes of grapefruit linger, but a bit on the char/ashy side of malt presence, less on the cocoa/semisweet side I’d prefer from a slightly faded Black IPA. I don’t know that I’d be a huge fan of this beer if it was a day old, based on the malt profile.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1352) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is roasted malts, tropical fruits, orange, cocoa nibs, brown sugar. Taste is peach, apricot, rye bread, a bit of roasted nuts, cocoa nibs and honey. Very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ozckr (238) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 20, 2014
roasty, toast, black, hazy, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, lively, bitter,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (906) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2014
Tap at Mane Liquor. Pours a black with a tanned head. Nose is quite milk chocolate and espresso forward with pine hops. Taste has more of the dry milk chocolate and espresso coming through. Pine and citrus come into the picture. Biscuit malt coating at the end. Pretty solid brew

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (1279) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle bier huis ossett. Black colour ok tan head + lacing. Aroma is grapefruit blackcurrant. Taste is same as aroma with good dark malts and good hoppy bitterness well balanced. Great body and mouthfeel soft carbonation. A great black IPA

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
angel77 (909) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2014
Botella de 50 cl en cimmeria 18-01-14. Aromas herbáceos y maltosos. Sabores también herbáceos al inicio seguido de ligeros quemados acabando con un ligero amargor no muy persistente. Cuerpo ligero bastante fácil de beber. Color negro intenso con espuma beige oscura. buena sin mas.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minutemat (1572) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
330ml bottle from Beer Ritz. Has a lovely citrus aroma that hovers above the glass with a frosty freshness. Smooth, dark body with some lovely dark malts, a touch of grapefruit and a pinching bitterness on the finish, mellowing to a biscuity dryness. An exceptional beer.


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