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

bottled
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RATINGS: 161   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5179) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2013
From tap @Kick, Kristiansand. Opaque black. Dense fingerthick tanned head. Oily and leafy hops up front, with a note of citrus zest. Then a smell of ashy and chocolatey, well roasted dark malts. Taste is boldly bitter with a resiny-fruity hop flavor. Lots of chocolate malts. Notes of licorice, pepper, ash and rounded roastiness. Good body. Creamy mouthfeel. Complex, balanced and flavorfull. Yum! [01.12.12]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2013
On tap @ Cardinal. As expected, black as night with a perfect creamy tan head. Nice aromas of fruits and mid roastiness. Flavors of clean citrusy hops complimented with a mild roastiness. A really good black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (2831) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2013
On tap at Cardinal. Black body with a small dense light brown head. Tropical fruits, raisin and cat piss on the nose. Pungent dried fruits malty sweet and bitter flavors with toasted notes. Medium to full body. Smooth and joyful to drink. Long bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9405) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 15, 2013
Keg (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Black, small keggy tan head. Lovely tangy hoppy aroma, but based on a rich roast. Super full smooth body, crispish carbonation, but it is keg. I’m sure the hops crispen it too. Taste has a great almost chocolatey roast base, but thise hops are way too arrogant, and jump up and down on your tongue shouting TASTE ME, TASTE ME! So I do; and it is good. This is a superb dark hoppy beer. Drinkability *massive*. Sad to reach the end of the glass, I could drink several more. Finish has slightly wooly bitterness. Bye Bye, hope to see you again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acid303 (406) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - SEP 27, 2013
On tap @ Homo Sibaris bar, served in Shaker. Pours deep dark brown, almost black, with yellowish creamy crown on top. Orange peel and caramel on the nose, some toasty notes. The flavour is mostly citrus and pine (specially the aftertaste), but one also gets roasted malts and dark chocolate. The palate is dry as expected, not that fruity IMO. Medium body, good carbonation. A really good job overall, no disappointment.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgajdaczewa (552) - Katowice, POLAND - NOV 25, 2013
Bardzo smaczne Black IPA. W aromacie cytrusowa chmielowość z lekką nutą owoców tropikalnych. W smaku wytrawne, wręcz smukłe, wyraźnie goryczkowe. słód pełni rolę drugoplanową, ważną, acz ledwo dostrzegalną. Nie czuć go za wiele, ale doskonale balansuje smak tego piwa, nie jest ono wodniste. Bardzo wysoka pijalność.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GBZ59 (1137) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - FEB 20, 2014
Grifo. Vaso Nonic @ Freiburg (L´Hospitalet-Barcelona). Negro puro con tintes rubí oscuro a contraluz, coronada por espuma bronceada y cremosa que deja encajes persistentes en las paredes. Aromas herbales y quemados con trazos de pan negro. Sabores de regaliz, amargos y torrefactos al primer sorbo. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación moderada. Paladar reseco y untoso. Leve sabor graso con lúpulo contundente, resina y madera que resultan en prolongado y amargo final. El envolvente amargor permanece en el retrogusto. Refrescante y plena de sabor!! On-tap. Nonic glass @ Freiburg (L´Hospitalet-Barcelona). Pitch black color & deep ruby tints to the light headed by tan foam. Creamy crown & some lasting lacing. Herbal, burnt aromas & black bread hints. Licorice, bitter & roasted flavors at first. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily & dried mouthfeel. Slight buttery flavors, sharp hops, resins & wood resolves in a long bitter finish. Involving bitterness linger into the aftertaste. Refreshing & flavorful!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (3601) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Keg at York Tap. Pours near-black, thick tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee and orange, some pine. Big hop flavour, lots of roast bitterness too. Lots going on, rich mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering orange bitterness. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4671) - Charlottesville, Virginia, 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.


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