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Marks & Spencer Greenwich Black IPA

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Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Meantime (SAB Miller)

Style: Black IPA
Paddington, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle unpasteurised; Regular
This beer has a blend of British and American influences, hence the adapted crest from the gates of Greenwich hospital, showing the two flags. India Pale Ale is traditionally strong and hoppy. This contemporary interpretation of the style is made with a blend of 7 dark malts, English and American hops.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1650) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle, M&S. Dark brown beer, thick white foam. Strong roasty flavours, bitter, coffee, burnt toast, molasses. Some hoppy bitterness, spicy and earthy. Actually quite nice. Maybe the best I’ve had from Meantime. Not sure the Americans would be too happy with this as a Black IPA, but it’s good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3000) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
Aroma: dark, roasted malts, dark chocolate, filter coffee. Appearance: black, medium, creamy beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: chocolate, toasted malts, light caramel, burnt molasses, dry cacao. Overall: lacking any sort of hops if it really wants to be a Black IPA, decent otherwise. Bottle from M&S, Canary Wharf.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (2211) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2016
500ml bottle from M&S Darlington. Pours a black-brown colour with a frothy beige foam head leaving lacing. Aroma of roast malt and tangy hop. Taste is roasted bready malty, mollasses, alittle coffee, with some mellow citrusy hop bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Quite drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (3848) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2016
Black with a big fluffy beige head, pine and a little coffee on the nose, roasty and bitter with light grapefruit and treacle notes.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (564) - HONG KONG - MAR 23, 2016
Black with a nice beige head. Aroma is weak caramel, some roast, very mild. Taste gets better, straight bitter, hops are kicking there, no fruits, but caramel, some coffee, roasted malts. Hoppy and malty, well balanced, smooth and with a medium body. Quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1791) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle. Black body. Hops, spice, malt, alcohol, blackcurrant, citrus. Bitter with a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Biroholik (692) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Kolor : Bardzo ciemny brąz wpadający już w czarny. Praktycznie nieprzejrzysty, jedynie u podstawy IPA Glass małe prześwity.
Piana: Bardzo obfita, czapowata, kremowo-beżowa, gęsta jak w imperialnych stoutach. Fajnie krążkuje i brodzi szkło.
Zapach: Ciemne owoce, mleczna czekolada, żywica, ciemne palone słody i lekki karmel.
Smak : W smaku palone słody, popiołowość. Owocowe nuty również wyodrębnione (czarne jagody). Bardzo przyjemny czkoladowy posmak. W oddali nawet majaczą subtelne wędzone akordy. Goryczka mocna i długa z odkłającą się kawą w przełyku i na podniebieniu.
Wysycenie: Niskie.
Podsumowanie:
Greenwich Black IPA została uwarzona w w Browarze Meantime (wykupionym ostatnio przez SAB Miller) ekskluzywnie dla sieci sklepów Marks & Spencer. Piwo balansuje na pograniczu Black IPA i Stouta. Jest bardzo owocowe z wieloma sugestiami czekolady, kawy, czanej jagody. Ma także palony i subtelne wędzony charakter. Jest bardzo gładkie i smaczne. Solidna Black IPA pomimo że nie jest do końca w stylu.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartzluke (526) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2015
.25l pour from refrigerated bottle into shaker pint. Black, opaque, moderate tan head. Nose is roasty, woody, and malty. Body is light to medium. Taste is malty, caramel, nutty, bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1439) - HONG KONG - DEC 17, 2015


500 ml bottle bought at Marks& Spencer in iSquare, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Opaque blackish brown colour with no yeast sediments; Explosive three finger head with crumpety beige foam which lasts for 4 minutes; Beautiful sticky lacing with active carbonation.

Aroma: Attractively fragrant dark malt, with moderate roastyness, dark toast, caramel, burnt toffee, soy sauce, creamed coffee, dark chocolate, traces of sugar, biscuits, strong yeast, strong lemon and grass.

Taste: Close to light sweet dark roasted malt, with strong burnt toast, burnt caramel, toffee, strong black coffee, thin Cola, molasses notes, dry biscuits, strong yeast, Strong lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Mid to light body. Slick and quite dry palate.

Mouth Feel: Good dark maltyness in a lean, Stout-like background. Fair roastyness. It is burnt toast and burnt caramel stole the show with sharp and slick bitterness which amplify the otherwise generic and monotone lemony hops. Dry, minimal sweetness and mean, this is simple but something!

Hoppiness: Strong lemon and pretty strong grass in nose and taste. Bitterness is mostly black malt-based but boosted up the hops for a lasting, strongly astringent dark malt finish.

After Taste: Dry. Malty, smooth and strongly bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one’s hops is very Hallertau to be a American Black IPA that we know, but damn the black malt’s burnt taste is right on target, which delivers a sharp but not overtly bitter sensations. Adding its good looks, and you have an excellent hoppy Stout which warrant repeated purchase. Yes!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2723) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle from Marks and Spencer, Enniskillen [011115]
Black, frothy fluffy beige head, light lacing
Aroma of soft roasted malts, some dark malts, earthy note, light nose for abv, no hops
Taste of dark caramel malts, some roast, bit of an earthy note, some bitter hops, little citrus but just generic hop bitterness, soft savoury, robust flavour
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, soft bitter. Finish is slightly dry, more roast comes through, quite a rich dark malt linger
Overall - No fruit or citrus flavours in here, which I would expect in a BIPA. Some nice dark malts, roast bitterness and hop bitterness blends together well, more a hoppy stout rather than a BIPA


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