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Brewed by Lovibonds
Style: Black IPA
Henley-on-Thames, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (3471) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 10, 2013
Keg @ BrewDog. Very dark brown (almost black), good head. Hoppy coffee aroma & flavour. Dry aftertaste. Nice one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1899) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2013
Keg@rake. Pours, unsurprisingly, dirty brown colour with with off white head. No sign of carbonation. Pleasant aroma. Medium bodied. Big tonic grapefruit taste at first with lemon and malt following through with big bitterness. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (10386) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Keg tap at the brewery in Henley, 05/05/13. Mahogony brown with a medium beige head that retains well. Nose is dark malts, burnt toffee, grain, hops, light pine, hints of bitter grapefruit. Taste comprises an aggressive hop bitterness, dark malts, demerara sugar, pinch of cocoa, orange pith, bitter grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine carbonation, bitter dry finish. Decent black IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (1657) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2013
Aroma: Rasin, plum, burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate and vanilla.

Appearance: Black body with a thick tan head. Excellent lacing.

Taste: Powerful flavours - rich stone fruits, dark chocolate and a strong, ’burnt’ bitterness. No hint of its 6.9% ABV. Lovely.

Palate: Medium to full body with a sticky, syrup-like texture. Soft carbonation.

Overall: A tasty Black IPA - very hoppy and flavoursome. Distinct burnt characteristics.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2330) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2012
Tap at Brewdog Camden. Dark choc brown, small golden head. Aroma is very roasty, bit of citrus hops, touch of cream and biscuit. Taste is nice enough, creamy, touch of citrus hop, bit of chocolate. Nice and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14238) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2012
On tap at Tap East. Black beer dark broen edges lasting beige head. Very heady mix. The sherbert hop is intoxicating. Cold yes. But also unlike any beer i have had today. Not many beers grab me by so much attention. Arresting

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1017) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Keg at the brewery, thought I had read before, good Black IPA, fresh hops at the front, good malt balance, lovely beer, wish they would bottle this one

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (1030) - SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2012
On-Tap at Brewdog Edinburgh:
Medium pine to begin with although darker than a standard IPA and backed up by some background malts as well and a dark fruit aroma on top of this. There is a mix of berry, citrus and very light caramel.
Really dark ruby to brown in colour with hints of black around the edges and an off-white to brown coloured head that is about the width of a pinky and settles to a thin lacing.
Fruit and pine flavours coming through along with a caramel malt taste and more touches of summer fruit and berries. There is a little grapefruit that I’ve come to expect from an IPA and some earthly herbs and malts to round things off. The beer is quite dark tasting and bitter towards the end.
Medium bodied with a strong amount of bitterness, especially towards the end and a smooth feel with a wet finish. The beer also seems quite strong leading me to believe that the alcohol isn’t particularly well hidden but it doesn’t effect things too much.

Not a bad beer really, one that started well but was a little too bitter towards the end for my liking. It’s certainly worth a try and is a nice example of a black IPA but the bitter grapefruit was slightly overpowering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6135) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
Draught at Brewdog Camden. Clear deep ruby-brown, solid fizzy offwhite head. Very light roasty aroma, acidic coffee and green fruit. Taste follows, but very big malt/cocoa and coffee. Thick, slick and well carbonated, burnt-bitter finish. Very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21155) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2012
Draught@Earl Of Essex, London. Very deep amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is liquorice, mild roast along with some toffee as well. Flavour is fruity, toffeish, caramelly and some slight ripe fruity notes as well.


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