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Brewed by Salopian
Style: Black IPA
Shrewsbury, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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The colour of an eclipse, the aroma is of char, chocolate & roasted malts and then the flavour of pine & citrus ascends over the palate, bringing the full bodied finish to a dizzying height.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minutemat (1572) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle from Trafalgar Wines, Brighton. Prominent grapefruit nose, pours deep charcoal. Black tea, roasted malts, a real dry hoppy finish and noticeable 7.2% that really adds some weight behind it. Great to see some world class beer coming out of my hometown.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (10141) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
Cask conditioned at The Town Wall Tavern, Coventry. Very dark chesnut with white head. Lots of dry bitterness from richly roasted dark chocolate malts but remaining crisp rather than giving over a chocolate flavour. There is fruity alcohol, but not over bearing then a grapefruity, citrusy, hoppy bitterness. An absolute belter for me, loved it, even if it did make me late for my pick up.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOBBDrinker (66) - - MAR 21, 2013
This black IPA warms you to your core, its hoppy flavours add a sharp refreshing kick which is mellowed by the roasted malts and chocolate flavours. Although this was only a 330 ml bottle there was ample life in this beer which carried a mixture of lemon, chocolate and coffee aroma aromas making you just want more. An interesting black IPA with great flavour, clearly created by someone who loves beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
I didnít realise this was a black IPA until I read this page. A ruby reddish brown beer. Great aroma and flavour and very well balanced. Defies its abv.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7157) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 1) Cask gravity, The Crown, Nuneaton, 15/12/12. Headless mahogany with ruby edges. Liquorice, cheap coffee granules, strawberry jelly aroma. Roasted and fruity leaning towards the BIPA ball park; hints of strawberry and raspberry fromage frais behind the roast. Decent but far from dizzying. 737314=3.4. 2) So much better in the bottle and chilled. Aroma of raspberry/strawberry jelly cubes, soapy liquorice, filter coffee and earthy roast. Lip-smacking combo of ripe juicy berry, liquorice and roasted notes suggesting mocha, black black chocolate and burnt pistachio. Lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3788) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 Bottle gifted from the lads at Salopian - thanks! Pours bronchial brown, with an inch of persistent cream top. Smells excellent - super hoppy with fuzz and prickled pear. Taste doesnít quite match up to the aroma: itís minerally bitter with an adderís flicking tongue of gravelly charcoal, and a blend of dry hops, leaving some residue of West Coast pleasure. To sit at the top of the BIPA tree, the charcoal needs to be smoother and the hops, hoppier. But itís going in the correct direction. (original rating 6th April 2013). RE-RATE - second bottle better than the first: seems smoother, more centred (a bit like Get Lucky by Daft Punk). Smooth (still minerally), great balanced flavour combining dark power and appropriate hopping). Like a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3645) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
330ml Bottle: BBD Mar 2014: poured into a Gordons Thistle shaped glass at home on 5 Oct 2013. Really dark body, huge beige head. Heavily roasted malt feel to this brew: almost burnt at times. Black coffee and dark chocolate with toffee notes in both the nose and taste. I love it when this brewery brews something like this (instead of their regular citrus tasting, golden beers), it shows they can produce flavoursome beers worthy of praise. Most likely the best Salopian beer Iíve ever had: my taste buds however are vastly different to most peoples. Pouring it into a thistle shaped glass also enhanced itís appeal, to my eyes anyway.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4555) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2013
(Cask at Kittyís, 20130208) The beer poured almost black. Its head was medium sized, long lasting and lightly brown. Aroma had hops, chocolate, fruitiness and roasted malts. Palate was medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, liquorice, pine, chocolate, roasted malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was hoppy and bitter. A very tasty Black IPA. The burntness didnít come through very heavily and aftertaste was long lasting and well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (2087) - FINLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Draught cask. Black. Quite nice citrus grapefruit, hoppy aroma. A bit of roastedness as well, some chocolate. Body is lightish, refreshing. Lots of roasted tones, espresso even. Dark choco. But with a fresh hoppy twist. Overall probably the nicest black ipa ive tasted. Suitably hoppy, but with the dark licorice roasty twist. And as a cask ale, really smooth.

-- beerbasher/N9

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2766) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark black pour with foamy off white head, citrus and grapefruit aroma, the fruity hop come through in the taste pine, grapefruit backed up with plain chocolate roast malts. Not getting much coinage not even a hapenny bit.


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