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

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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (7754) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle from MyBrewerytap.com. Pours pitch black with a big frothy tanned head. Aroma is heavy malty,light roasted and meaty, good hoppy aromas as well, piney and spruce, lovely. Taste is light sweet chocolate and caramel, smooth and filling mouthfeel, hops mix in to make a good balanced brew, with some good citrus and piney notes.Finishes off with a lingering sweet liquorice and bitter pine bite. Good shit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7681) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (7680) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
Sampled draft @ Borefts 2014. Thank you! Dark brown black with no head. Lots of mocha, cacao in the nose. Taste is cold coffee, syrup, brown sugar, lightly bitter, touch grass. Nice but not very hoppy for the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk (7354) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2014
This is fabulous, and something different from the rest. Has roast, caramel, chocolate and something that tastes like light anise or some other herb. Great balance. Black pour with good head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Tap at Churchkey.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7300) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (7251) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7016) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a big ol’ tan head. The nose is a bit spicy, plenty of wood, grassy hops, some bitter chocolate too. The taste is initially dry, a bit peppery, hoppy with hints of tropical fruits dipped in chocolate. The finish is long, flavorful. The body’s medium, the carbonation active. Overall, a very nice black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (6746) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2012
330ml Bottle - Black with a foamy tan head. Pine, liquorice, grapefruit and chocolate in the aroma. Roasted and chocolatey taste with notes of liquorice, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Smooth, hoppy and easy to drink.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (6716) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6646) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2013
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Black colour, large and creamy beige head. Pleasant aroma of fruity and piney hops, with some mild roasty notes in the background. Delightful flavour of luscious hops, with a mildly roasty and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Good stuff!


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