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Brewed by Magic Rock
Style: Black IPA
Huddersfield, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Black IPA fuses speciality malts with a tropical punch bowl of new world hops to deliver a contradictory yet cultured concoction. A classically ‘pale’ aroma and quenchingly fruity palate belies a broodingly dark and deceptive appearance. Can a beer be both ‘black and pale’? Time to consult the Magic 8 Ball.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (2244) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle from Rehills in Newcastle. Inky black with a rich sour fruity? and burnt currant flavour, notes of tropical fruit and roasted coffee on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6659) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
Keg at CP&K. It pours jet black, with a thick beige head. The nose is pine, resin, toffee, charcoal, toast, roasted malt and charred wood. The taste is liquorice, resinous hops, salted caramel, dark toffee, pine, alcohol warmth, smoke, charcoal, leaf, toast and roasted malt, with a long bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. A flavoursome black IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
foxo82 (683) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Pershore Road, Birmingham. Unlike some other black IPAs this beer’s colour is befitting of the name. It has an inviting aroma of roasted malts, toffee and a little elderflower. If there was a category for bitterness this would get the full 5 out of 5; it tastes more strongly of coffee than coffee with an extremely long, unrelentingly bitter finish and a rough, slightly gritty mouthfeel. Unfortunately for me, I don’t enjoy the taste of coffee and I prefer my beers with a modicum of sweetness to balance things out. This presents me with a dilemma: I can appreciate this is a well crafted beer - full of character, aromas and flavour; however, drinking beer is meant to be about enjoyment and, truth be told, I didn’t find this particularly drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5382) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
33cl, new exclusive English brew Anno 2012, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex bitter brew, malty/roasted and slightly bitter/fruity, not too heavy, very balanced, clear, good head, very good brew, ’The UK craft beer scene is slowly changing... Keep them coming!’

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (764) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2012
Keg at Craft Beer Co., London. Arrived looking seductive with a creamy head. It’s deep and toasty at first, very stout-like, then the citric bitterness arrives in waves and produce some fruity character as it finishes. I can tell this is a well-crafted beer, but the elements didn’t quite click for me. I’m looking for more synergy between the two extremes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Bish (1125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2012
Coffee? Yes, lots of it. Roasted well. Thoroughly enjoyable................

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Keg at Brewdog Glasgow. Great hop profile on the nose and a rich fruity bite in the mouth. The smoky malt at the back coupled with the fruit makes for an interesting and drinkable beer. My favourite of the current Magic Rock brews.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2158) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Black pour. Big tan head with plenty of lacing. Big danky, oniony, malty, caramel aroma. Huge hop presence. A little musty. Malty, danky flavor with some earthy notes. A slight pepper flavor. A little thin, but still decent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2844) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 13, 2012
Very dark brown with bubbly tan head. Some citrus and pine on the aroma but fairly subdued. Flavour full of mango skin and lime pith, its pretty astringent actually. A touch of chocolate in there underneath it all.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardW (1496) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle, mybrewerytap.com. The beautiful ripe mango aroma is utterly at odds with this beer’s black appearance, but it really works. Against a background of smoky roasted malt the opposing flavours combine to produce a full bodied hop lovers dream, with plenty for the stout fans too. Lovely oily hop aroma comes in late on and there’s a long, rich bitter finish.


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