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St. Austell Proper Black

Brewed by St. Austell Brewery
Style: Black IPA
St. Austell, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Cask: Occasional. Part of the 2011 JDW Autumn Beer Festival. Also available bottled conditioned.
Controversial? A contradiction in terms? Certainly a subject for discussion; is there such a thing as a black India Pale Ale? Whichever way you look at it, this beer is designed to challenge the sences. Black as stout, close your eyes and taste and this beer is classic IPA. Powerful hops dominate the restrained chocolate and coffee notes from the carefully selected roasted malt. Whatever you thought you knew about beer, we’ve just changed that!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MPA (837) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of roasted malts. A little cocoa which is also present in the sweet flavour. Decent bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
storskurk (119) - DENMARK - SEP 27, 2014
Ristet og humle. Som en stout men bare med mere bitterhed. Ret klassisk stout. Ikke meget særligt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3267) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet HAsle. Black color, good offwhite foam . Aromas of malt, some roasted aromas, hops and dried fruit;medium/low aroma intensity- especially low for style. Medium body & complexity. Good sourness, some bitterness- good balance. Enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
Bottle on holiday in Cornwall. Black with a thick pale tan head. Aroma is decent, some fruity hops, tobacco, light chocolate. Flavour is citrus fruit, some roasted malts, tastes more English hops and I think it needs more American hops. Palate is reasonably smooth. Not bad but there are better in the style by a fair margin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
larsga (6314) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Medium beige head. Opaque black body goes hazy dark red at edges. Perfumy lacquer and earth aroma with sour, stale beer notes. Dry-acidic earthy roasty taste with sour, rotten finish. Awful. Must be infected, but tastes like the unspoiled version might be really nice. (0.5l bottle, from wine monopoly web order.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heintz (17) - GERMANY - MAR 20, 2014
Dark Heavy Black appearence. Looks Great. Nice Head. Caramel and coffee but some Kind of sour. Nice Black IPA but i expected more...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - MAR 9, 2014
Black body, low tanned head. Aroma of caramel, roast, chocolate and a low piny hop character. Malty taste with flowery hops, hazelnut and coffee. Quite maltheavy with a bit thick body and roasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1942) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
On tap at the local taphouse. Wow beer, rich and well balanced. Aromas of rum, chocolate, butterscotch, and toffee. Taste has great balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ERB92 (399) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2014
Coffee, roasted malts and citrus in the aroma. Almost black with a tan head. Light to medium sweet and medium bitter. This one has some sourness to it. Light to medium body with a average carbonation. Overall OK, but not sure i like the orangey sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2014
From tap @ Opsahlgården, Kongsberg. Near black. Creamy tanned head. Soft malt aroma featuring mild chocolate and gentle citrussy hops. Clean-tasting. Chocolate, creamed coffe, and firm citus-fruity and grassy bitterness. Dry and smooth on the palate. Easy drinkable, fully balanced.

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