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

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4400) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2013 Keg at the brewery tap in Henley. The first sunny Friday afternoon of the summer, so what better to do than head over to the Lovibond brewery tap in Henley. After a sample of this I decided it was the perfect beer to drink sitting in their garden watching the world go by.

. Itís pitch black in colour with a tawny tint against the light and a thin cream head; the aroma was hard to identify at first - I picked up wood smoke and licorice, but in the end I decided it most reminded me of warm, freshly laid, tarmac. Itís soft in the mouth, and there is an immediate impact from the hops which are assertive and mellow at the same time, and are supported rich, slightly tarry, malts that give a slight sweetness that offsets the dryness of the hops well. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2012
Keg @ The White Horse. Deep brown with a medium tan head. The nose is peppery, caramel and plenty of toffee. The taste is lightly hoppy, with plenty of toasty grain, more chewy caramel. Not the hoppy beast I was expecting but still quite pleasant. Sweet and sticky. Medium body, soft carbonation. Overall, a pretty good effort.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (3202) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 10, 2013
Keg @ BrewDog. Very dark brown (almost black), good head. Hoppy coffee aroma & flavour. Dry aftertaste. Nice one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2012
On cask at The Holyrood 9A. Pours a very dark ruby colour with a decent light tan head. A lovely aroma of blackcurrant, pine, roasty malt, chocolate and alcohol. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle with a foamy mouth-feel. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3007) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2014
Tap at BD Shepherds Bush. Nothing out of the ordinary. Very woody and pine driven with a hint of bubblegum. Decent stuff

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2909) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2013
Keg at the Bat. Nice change after some fairly bog-standard pale ales elsewhere. Dark brown more than black, but good citrus hop notes balancing the roastiness. Some chocolate in the mix, and a grapefruit note. Creamy, good carbonation, long finish. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2562) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2012
30 June 2012, tap. Dark ruby. Nose is huge: pine and burnt dark chocolate. Med body and faintly fizzy. Seriously heavy beer. Lots of burnt coffee beans, charred wood, oatmeal. Big bitter chocolate finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
BenH (2198) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2012
keg at 9a. Black with decent tan head. Aroma has a nice grapefruit hit ruined by a cheesy vegetal note, cabbage, sweat. Taste is similar, grapefruit, nutty cheese, cabbage, some nice toffee and molasses also. Cold and fizzy (a good thing) with a bitter finish. The hops are a mess here

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2062) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 13, 2012
Keg @ BrewDog Edinburgh
Black, ruby edges around glass, thin off white head , some lacing
Aroma - roasted malts, dark malts, quite stouty for a bips which I like, rich roast, piney citrus
Taste as aroma, very stouty, zesty citrus resin hops, some bitter grapefruit, but has a bitter burnt crust which Iím not too keen on
Palate - medium carn. medium body. Finish as main flavour, dry, rather over bitter burnt crust roast that lingers.
Overall - Too burnt for a BIPA

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2014
Keg at BD Shep Bush. It pours brown with amber edges. Medium beige head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is spot on with woody notes along citrus, lime, pine needles, roasted malts. Taste is similarly balanced between roasted notes and hops. More wood, roasted malts, grassy piney hops and long bitter finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. A textbook example of the style. Good.


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