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


on tap

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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Keg & Bottle conditioned; Regular. Has been seen on Cask.

Full bodied jet-black ale with a pale-tan head. Abundant fresh hop aromas suggesting zesty citrus pulp and forest fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (4057) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle 0.5l at Black Door, Helsinki. Originally rated 25082012. Colour is black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, hops and roasted malts. Fabulous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (4012) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 25, 2014
On bottle at Øltorget, Mathallen Oslo. Pitch black color, good offwhite foam / slightly brownish. Immediately hoppy, some roasted aromas, coffee, licorice: medium high aroma intensity. Medium: full body & high complexity . Solid bitterness - ok balance. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3986) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Black pour, creamy tan head. Aroma is grassy floral hops, some grapefruit, hint of roasted malts. Flavor is very roasted bitter, some decent hops, well balanced. A bit harsh but very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3919) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Backlog rating. Bottle in London. It pours a deep amber-brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is earthy and malty with notes of pines needles, dried leaves and cut grass. Taste is malty with some caramel, earthy notes and piney hops and resin. Quite full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, a good take on the style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnRMurdoch (3900) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2014 Bottles from The Euston Tap & mr_h. Almost black colour, not much head. Big pine hop aroma. Syrupy hop flavour, hoppy aftertaste. Like this much better than before. My palate has changed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3868) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2014
330ml bottle from Alesela, Glasgow - opaque dark brown near black, thin tan head, strong grassy pine aroma, sweet, nicely balanced ale with plenty of hoppiness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
The_Osprey (3839) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014

March 2013 - Cold 500ml bottle. Big thick foamy head lasts a few minutes. Smells piney, fair bit of cat urine. Taste is really interesting. Initially like a floral IPA, then comes in the barley and coffee, finish is more barley and bitterness, aftertaste is dark chocolate. Flavours are strong but balanced. This is great. Not miles away from top marks. (4.1)

Nov 2014 - 330ml bottle, new branding. 2 months old. Black, big foamy tan head, full lacing. Aroma is hoppy with apple, pine, some ash, fruit salad sweets. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low-ish carbonation. Taste is ash, pine, woody bitterness, soft medicinal, salty finish. Nice, but not quite up to where it was last time round. (3.8)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 19, 2012
Sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2012. Pours a clear and dark brown beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt and hops with tropical fruit. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is bitterness. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (3767) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
33cl bottle from Õllepood Nr.1 Gambrinus, Tartu. Pours pretty much black with a tan head. Fresh hoppy aroma with pine, fruits, citrus and some dark and roasty notes in the background. Quite dominated by the hops, but well balanced and refreshing. Moderate sweet with delicous hoppy flavours and a quite bitter and citrusy finish. The black aromas seems to stay in the background and it’s more like a regular IPA, but certainly a nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (3734) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2013
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff sep-13: definitivt friskere og mer sympatisk enn Hardknott Code Black (også en svart bleking). Syrlig og litt medisinal, men allikevel god medisin. Interessant blanding av sødme, syrlighet og mørk bitterhet. God fylde, men stilarten (som språklig er en selvmotsigelse, a contradiction of terms ville en engelskmann sagt) er foreløpig ingen favoritt hos meg.

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