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

bottled
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RATINGS: 146   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7210) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2012
Draught @ Kick Malt & Mat, Kristiansand
Pours dark brown/black with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, citrus, grape and chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7099) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
STUNNING, hop-smothered aroma; strawberry chew and guava with a waft of peated malt, smoked mackerel with black peppercorns, and patachouli incense rearing up in the background. About as perfect a marrage of hops and malts as I can imagine. Taste: yes. Breakfast mostly- juice, smoked mackerel, slices of fresh papaya, big slug of Laphroaig. I’m not usually up for breakfast but I’d imagine that’s what people have. Body: thick, slimy malt. Good as pitch with a firm, speckling tan head. One of the few BIPAs I’ve had that genuinely fuses the citrus and smoke without either detracting from the other. Discordant, harmonious, whatever. Delicious beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6197) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
On tap at the Three Tuns, Bristol 14/10/2012. Near black with moderate carbonation. Black coffee aroma with some pine and citrus fruit. Flavour was sweetish, with plenty more orange, roasted malts and a dry finish. Very good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (6120) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2013
Big beige lasting head. Dark opaque body. Resiny meaty tropical fruit taste with catty notes. Dry-sweet resiny earthy roasty taste with catty pineapple notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish earthy plastic rubbery aftertaste with wooden spicy roasty notes. Weird. Didn’t like this much. I guess black IPA with Simcoe-like hops is not my thing. (0.33l draft at The Rover, Göteborg, Sweden.)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6042) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2012
(Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 10 Sep 2012) Black colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with liquorice, burnt malt, grapefruit and resin. Roasted, malty taste with notes of liquorice, dark rye bread, pine needles, grapefruit and a slightly minty finish with a solid, piney bitterness. More than medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Very nice and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (5955) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2012
330 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate and some biscuit. Flavour of strong roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate, biscuit, very bitter hops and burnt coffee. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a salty, roasty and very bitter finish. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5856) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2013
33 cl bottle. BBE 08/2013.
Pours pitch black color with a huge, frothy off-white head. Aroma of citric hops, roasted malts, some goose berry bush and grape fruits. Flavor of roasted malts, citrus fruits, hops, some salty licorice, mild goose berries, some biscuits and grape fruit. Bitter palate, strong carbonation. Very good.
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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (5593) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 30, 2014
Tap at Bar Animal. Herbal, leafy hop aroma, pleasant roast. Black, offwhite head. Old pine cones, needles, soapy roast, some umami, sticky hop resins, slightly vegetal. I am amazed how much the roast gets buried. Too heavy on the resinny hops for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2012
On tap@kick. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma tangerin, kiwi, chocolate and orange. Flavor is sweet chocolate with some roasted notes, some bitterness and citrus notes. Medium body, average carbonation.


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