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Crouch Vale Black

Formerly brewed at Crouch Vale
Style: Black IPA
South Woodham Ferrers, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask & bottle; Special.

Using the wonderful Summit hop, this beer is an enticing battleground between aroma and a full-on dark malt taste. A heavy but drinkable pint with black treacle, licorice and roasted coffee flavours finishes long and bitter. A proper mouthful!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16165) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Cask@Charlie Bar, CPH Dark nut brown color, small brownish head. Light ashy aroma. Light to medium-bodied. Licorice and ash in the flavor. "Ashtrayish". Lacks normal fruity hoppyness of black IPAs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
9th May 2013
Opaque black - brown beer, small bubbly tan head. Palate is fairly neutral with mild carbonation. Tangy dark malts, not roasty or bitter. Tangy sweet marmite. Tangy dark fruits. Finishes semi with mild bitterness. A bit different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3811) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown, small and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty - light oat and sweetish aroma, light caramel, light roasted malt with light coffee. Body is medium, malty - light oat and sweetish flavor, light caramel, light roasted malt and light coffee. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some roasted malt, light caramel, light coffee with light hoppyness. Stout with roastiness and light caramel - could be drier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (6419) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2013
500ml bottle [442/545]. Darkest brown colour with late awakening, small, frothy, moderately lacing, beige head, a good deal of bubbles adhere to the bezel. Dark malty aroma with hints of treacle, liquorice, coffee. Taste is dry dark malty, subtle sweet undertones, hints of treacle, some roast, with a slightly unpleasant, strange, dry, tarmac touch throughout - bummer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ Charlies Bar, Pilestraede 33, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, bread, roasted, dark sweet chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark malt, roasted, tar notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft. [20130427]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 9, 2013
Dark ruby brown with sweet pear skins, figs, chocolate and blueberries. Fairly full bodied, sweet, fruity mango but a slightly chemical astringent finish, almost plasticky. Unusual hop or off flavour?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ration (2132) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
240513. Bottle at home. Pours black with a nice head. Aroma dark malts, licorice. Strange after taste that really lingers. Really disappointing from Crouch Vale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 14, 2013
[5/6/13] Cask at Charlie’s bar in Copenhagen. Black with a beige to light brown foam. Roasty aroma with some coffee and light hops notes. Pretty roasty flavor with a bit of coffee, a bit of mocha, light sweetness and a bitter finish, a bit hoppy and herbal. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
(Cask at Craft Beer Co Brixton, London, 27 Apr 2013) Black colour with brief, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with coffee, dark chocolate and black rye bread. Malty, roasted taste with notes of chocolate, ashes, tobacco, roasted malt, caramel, liquorice, burnt sugar and a balanced coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. Tasty and quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25392) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Bottled (fro AbM). Very deep ruby red (close to black) colour, with a mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is coffee, some roasted malts, chocolate and mild liquorice as well. Flavour is very similar with pleasantly balanced fruity and ripe fruity notes. Nicely balanced.

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