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


on tap

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Cask & bottle conditioned; Regular.
We could tell you it’s a black IPA, and if we did we would be letting you into a great secret. But as you don’t believe in black IPA, you can just pass over this beer and move back to your dark mild as after all, black beer shouldn’t taste this good.

stravale's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2075) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle from Tomlinsons, Inverness [160213]
Black, thin ruby edges on glass, thin tan head, some lacing
Aroma - soft citrus, hint of chocolate, light aroma
Taste soft roasted malts, touch of cola, some sweet dark malts, touch of chocolate, citrus hops, dab of piney hop, nice touch of floral hop, well balanced...good flavour but rather light though...i like BIPAs to be fairly robust
Palate - Medium carb, bit over carbonated thin to medium body. Soft mouthfeel, light bitterweet palate. Finish as main flavour with a soft linger with some roasted dark malts coming through
Overall - A black IPA with a mellow stouty flavour with some soft citrus and a dab of floral hop in there. ...there are many variations of BIPAs out there - this is the style I like.....Must try this in cask one day

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (379) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Nose is lots of malt and yeast, slight chocolate, dark cherry and forest fruits. Taste is forest fruit, leading to a sweet mid tone with slight hop pine, then malt and cocoa. By the numbers black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwik-lime (1293) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle from the Pig’s Ears in Richmond. Roasted malt, some smoke, forest fruits and a dry hoppy finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1026) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle from the lion’s Den, Yarm. Mahogany with a cream head. Starts sweet and pretty hoppy with pine notes and a little spice. A nice chocolatey base. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
graham_murphy (282) - - JUL 9, 2014
Classic (in as much as you can say for a recent style of beer) but unexceptional black IPA. Ticks the boxes. A citrus/pine hops backbone with smokey coffee and chocolate notes from the malt. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (2649) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 6, 2014
330ml bottle. Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Coffee, chocolate, sweet and faint hops in aroma. Dry ashy roast, bit of yeast in taste. Metallic aftertaste. Weird one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9281) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 2, 2014
330ml bottle (Omerta, Krakow)
Nice dry roasty aroma. Nuttier drier taste. Nice esters accompany the roast, some phenolic aspects. Drying palate. Too burnt to be particularly drinkable, even though it’s only 5.6%. Left me thirsty - for a different beer. Shame they don’e have any dark milds here, I like dark mild. Dark milds are tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4280) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2014
from bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. unclear medium dark brown pour with a small light beige head, little retention, no lacing. roasted grains, toasted and roasted wheat,tropical and citrusy, dash of resin, licorice and other bitter and spicy herbalness. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, never too heavy, balanced resinous-citrusy finish. very nicely done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClubGonzo (3993) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle, shared with BBGTC feat. Yngwie and Meilby. Near-black brown body with a large rocky off-white head and loads of visible sediments. Aroma is brown sugar, raisins, caramel, port wine and hints of milk chocolate, grass and nougat. Taste is papery dark chocolate tones, bitter herbal notes, grass and faint metal. Medium to fizzy carbonation. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Inbreak (2033) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2014
16.06.2014, 0,33l bottle @ BBGTC tasting:
Soft gusher. Huge fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet fruity, dark malts, sugar, winegum, grass, hops, paper, leafs, hints of sweet licorice. Taste is medical harsh, paper, medicine, hay, harsh hops, minerals. Medium bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Holy crap on a cracker...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (7386) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ ClubGonzo
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, yeast, hint of sourness and a faint hint of butterscotch. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a roasted, bitter and slightly dry finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

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