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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
androman (492) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2014
On tap @ Borefts 2014. #17. Body is nearly black. Head is small, white, mostly diminishing, fair lacing. Nose is floral, Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, strong coffee, soy sauce, very hoppy. Taste is light sweet, heavy bitter, hint of sour. Finish is light sweet, medium hoppy and roasty bitter, average to long duration. Medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert IPA, very delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
26/IX/14 - on tap @ Borefts 2014 (Bodegraven) - BB: n/a (2014-1093) Thanks to Benzai, 77ships, fonefan and cgarvieuk for sharing today’s beers!

Clear purple bron beer, creamy beige head, irregular, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: citrus, grassy hops, little roasted, fruity. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: bitter hops, some citrus, caramel, little sweet, malty. Aftertaste: sweet notes, caramel, slightly roasted, bitter hops, dry, grassy, citrus, some exotic fruits.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (856) - CROATIA - OCT 21, 2014
On tap at Ale&Hop, Barcelona. Pours black with lasting tan head. Roasted malts and coffee aroma and flavor. Piney hoppy bitter. Nice one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk (4478) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stu22 (14) - - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle bought from Wineways, Harrogate. Bright and black, with a good creamy head. Hops dominate the nose, but with more to explore. Hops follow through to the palate with notes of liqourice at the back. Black IPA done well. Aging potential? Surely! Great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2012

Bottle 330ml.

Clear dark black colour with a large to huge, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, spruce, grapefruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, licoric, hoppy, citrus - grapefruit, spruce, pine. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120121]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11254) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Mybrewerytap.
Almost completely black with soft brown edges. Lovely, staying, creamy, light-beige head. Really lovely looking. Aroma has coffee, light roasted malts, some chocolate. Lots of good piney, fruity hops. Apricot, oranges, peach. Medium to low carbonation, great creamy and quite dry mouthfeel. Flavour is fat and malty, roasted, good deal of coffee. Great bitter finish, with piney, herbal and fruity hops notes. Very lovely.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2258) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle from Great Grog, Edinburgh
Very dark brown black....ruby light edges...frothy tan head...good lacing
Aroma - Very hoppy...grass hops..bit musty...damp hay..some grapefruit in the background...dark caramel malts...whiff of car tyre...much more hops than malts
Taste - Loads of hops..grassy..some spicy hops..citrus grapefruit more prominent than aroma....resinous..dark caramel and roasted malts in the background
Palate - soft carb..medium....bitter hops......citrus tang. Finish of grapefruit and grassy hops...lots of bitterness but not too much...wee bit of coffee in the lingering tail
Overall - I prefer Black IPAs to be more ’stouty’ than this which is very much more towards the IPA part of the spectrum but the hops have great flavour in this beer. I still prefer Thornbridge Raven over this but it’s still a great beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MalcolmTucker (750) - SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head. A really good black IPA, it manages to balance the dark malts and IPA hops perfectly. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2012
A - Coffee, citrus and a touch medicinal A - dark with thick frothy head T - Light sweet, with mid bitter P - Mid to full and soft O - good


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