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

bottled
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RATINGS: 162   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2675) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours opaque black with a red hue and a nicely proportioned head. The nose has pine, grapefruit pith and just enough coffee. The taste has a burnt coffee note with a pithy finish. Medium to full bodied, big texture, relatively clean. Overall, a good andn interesting beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (3317) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle from mr_h. Hop & tar aroma. Very dark brown colour, not much head. Hoppy flavour. Smooth with bitter aftertaste. Good but not the best black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2012
Black IPA seems to be flavour of the month. Pours black (surprise) with a decent white head. Malt and hops combine on the nose along with a touch of chocolate. Hoppy, citrus flavour with malt in the background.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7057) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
As many an ardent suitor may have said to Cleopatra: "What a lovely nose!" And in this case, it really is. Vineous, sinewy, sweet and sour and full of molasses, citrus and spice. The flavour that follows, though great, sadly doesn’t live up to the promise. It’s good, mind - bitter, sharp, dry and hoppy - but let down slightly by a thin mouthfeel and a tiny touch too much of the dirty socks. Nevertheless, if only for the nose alone a great brew with complexity, distinction, and a fair wallop of ancient Egyptian promise.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4526) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2013
On tap @ Kickl. Close to black body with a medium sized beige head. Nice citric fruity hop aroma with hint of chocolate. Flavor is sweet malty, light roasted, citric fruit, rather bitter and fine balance. Medium body, bitter and sweet aftertaste, quite smooth. A pleasant black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3072) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19659) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2012
Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pitch black, small beige head. Aroma of salty licorice and grapefruit. Dry with medium-full body, rounded mouthfeel. Hoppy, balanced with roastiness. Notes of tar, long bitter finish wherem dark chocolate and licorice lingers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6368) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (1449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Aroma: Mild dusty hop aroma. Juicy orange notes.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a medium off-white head. Nice lacing.

Taste: Well balanced. Coffee with fruit notes. The taste isn’t very powerful.

Palate: Medium body with an oily texture. Light carbonation.

Overall: A decent Black IPA, but I’ve had better (namely Thornbridge’s Raven, Brewdog’s Libertine Black Ale and Moor’s Illusion).


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