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Birrificio del Ducato Donkere Vader

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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Black IPA
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Black IPA 7,0% (In samenwerking met Derek Walsh)


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7263) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2015
Draught @ You?ll Never Walk Alone, Kolding. Aroma has syrupy bready tones and resiny hops. Also licorice candy. Flavour has licorice, moderate resiny hoppiness and sweet malty tones. Sweet and delicious, the hops are not as strong as in Black IPAs usually, and that suits me very well.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yiannnos (1070) - , CYPRUS - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown colour. Hoppy coffee aroma. Flavour is chocolate, roasted chocolate, citrus hops

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2015
Poured deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet and sour berries. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet berries, light nuts and toasted malt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8387) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2015 Towering, fluffy pale yellowish head over chestnut coloured beer. Melanoidins, black cardamom; dry, but not very overpowering hops. Dry flavour, bit coffeish, very mildly bitter/hoppy flavours. Again black cardamom peel; bit peppery. Maybe medium bodied, gives a bit thinnish impression. There’s better in this segment. Giovanni, how do Parmigiani pronounce "Donkere Vader", pray? My bottle claims only %

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2488) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
Tap. Italian Job, Chiswick. Clear, dark chestnut brown. Bubbly, grey beige head. Big on the roast, chocolate malts. Dark fruit. Piny hop. Bit of dank. Bit of resin. Smells great. Drinks smooth, quite rich, soft dry, and with a piny bitterness that rises. Finishes light bitter. Drying close.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrealboome (36) - - MAR 2, 2015
Un’ottima BIPA....non ’è ce dire, birra ben realizzata, a mio parere migliore di molte altre.... al naso sentori di luppoli americani con le classiche note floreali ed agrumate, miste ad un aroma caratteristico da stout (note di caffè, tostato ben presente)... in bocca è molto forte la sensazione di bere una stout, ma man mano che la birra si scalda nel bicchiere, esce il suo carattere da ipa creando un ottimo mix che dà davvero soddisfazione.... da non bere troppo fresca... dà il meglio di se quasi a temperatura ambiente..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2955) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle at Domus Birrae 6% a cola black pour with a creamy beige head. The nose is citrus + roasted dark malts. Medium bodied, zesty mouthfeel the taste is citrus, roasty coffee and a bit of ascerbic bitterness. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19082) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy hoppy aroma with weak caramel hints. Fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CraftBeerNick (1209) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Keg at Fine Mousse, 10th December 14. Poured a fairly light brown colour, aroma was toasted malt, the flavour was weak hops, and a little watery, fine, could do with more of an umph

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (739) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - SEP 27, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2014 330 ml bottle from Birra+. Dark amber/copper, pretty clear, with a big, fluffy and persistent off white head. Surely a nowhere-near-black- black IPA. Very elegent and delicate smell. Tropical fruit explosion, citrus, red berries jam/marmelade, a hint of toffee and perhaps some subtle coffee notes in the far background. Pretty glorious aroma overall. Tastes nothing like a black IPA as well, but more like a beefed up amber ale and a red IPA mix. Very fruity, quite malty and rich, definitely more bitter than sweet. Extremely easy to drink, the 7% ABV is well hidden. The aftertaste could be longer, but it’s nice and refined. Average carbonation, medium body, creamy texture. If I had to judge this beer as a black IPA, then the word "complete disaster" would be appropriate. It doesn’t look, doesn’t smell and doesn’t taste like it. But whatever this beer is, it’s pretty damn good. Finally another solid Del Ducato offering after quite a few disappointments.


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