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


on tap

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 (2490) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (5559) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2015
Fein zu Beginn mit einer vernünftigen Portion an Hopfen, etwas Kaffee und Röstmalzen. Darüberhinaus erstaunlich viel Perlung, eine feine Süffig- und Trinkbarkeit. Getreidige Stellen, absolut in Ordnung.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McTapps (5579) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle ordered in UK. The beer has got a deep black colour with a small head and medium body. Aroma of hops, roast and coffee. Taste of fresh hops, mild chocolate, woods, forrest, citrus fruits. Very quaffable and smooth to drink. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Martin243 (883) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2015
Live rating of a 330 ml bottle from Morrison poured into a fat Tulip. Blackcurrant and mild Havana cigar aroma. Deep ruby with a creamy off white foam. Astringent, ashy, Spanish liquorice, coffee, and red fruit, but with a dominating bitterness that may be off-putting for some. Actually, it becomes more rounded as you work down the glass. Full bodied, slick mouth feel, bitter finish. Would probably work well with robustly spiced food, alone, I’m not so sure. Just had a look at my stats, and this is second bottom out of 11 Black IPA’s: About right.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
blackradioboy (95) - SCOTLAND - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle from Morrisons. I hate this. Why? It is so astringent and unpleasant. There is nothing good to say about it. It's been 10 minutes from my last sip and the taste of Code Black is still doing nasty things in my mouth - just sitting there in it's horrible, bitter way. Awful! Mouthwash please. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pastymc (30) - Niscemi, ITALY - JUN 9, 2015
Bottiglia da 33cl Di color bruno scuro, con sfumature ambrate; bel cappello di schiuma color nocciola, pannosa, persistente. Al naso gli aromi tostati e affumicati del malto si sposano bene con quelli erbacei ed agrumati del luppolo, con tocco leggermente etilico. In bocca entra ancora tostata, poi subito luppolo, agrumi, arancia, per un intenso finale di caffè e cioccolato. L’amaro finale la rende secca quel tanto che basta a richiedere un altro sorso. Carbonazione vivace, corpo medio-alto. Ottimo equilibrio; black ipa ben fatta.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1597) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
330ml bottle from Morrisons supermarket. Pours dark reddish brown with a beige foam head leaving lacing. Aroma is floral fruity tropical hoppy with some roasted and coffee notes. Taste of roasted malt, earthy, chocolate, coffee, with some citrus orange & grapefruit hop resin bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Nicely drinkable BIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (535) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear deep brown colour with a foamy beige head. Initial aroma of lemon, orange, some menthol then a little liquorice, some chocolate and toasty malt. Taste of lemon, orange, chocolate, roasted malt, some grapefruit, raisin and a little coffee. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, citrusy bitterness with some roastiness in the finish. A decent black IPA with some citrus and malt flavours. There’s better alternatives though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
redders1974 (290) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle from Morrison’s messy head taste of orange and liquorish with a tarte finish hard to pinpoint the taste but crafted OK enjoyed one not sure about a session on it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4099) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle from Morrison’s. Perfectly well made, sessionable (just about). Light tasting. The abv prevents this being a jet powered BIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyobon (1093) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2015
(Bottle) Clear black with cherry hints, little head. Aroma of pine with some rich toffee hints. Light body with great full carbonation. Hop bitterness dominates over dark toffee malt. Very pleasant.

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