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


on tap

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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!

yngwie's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, - MAY 20, 2013
On tap at Kick. A black one, topped by a dense, light tan head leaving lacings. The aroma is faintly buttery, with caramel, dark chocolate and some lightly citrusy hops. Roasted flavor with chocolate and coffee. A pleasant bitterness chimes in, bringing some balance. Full body, soft and pleasant carbonation, rather dry. Lasting roasted finish. A proper beer indeed, although a bit buttery especially in the aroma. 130520

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3033) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle from a Tesco in Somerset. Black with a nice frothy beige head. Aroma of choclate, coffee and citrus. The taste has citrus and spice before some nice coffee and choclate in the finish. Could be hoppier, but pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PMgep (235) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2016
Old rating transfererad to Ratebeer. Very dark colour, roasted aroma and taste of hops and roasted coffee,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allysa (7) - - JUL 4, 2016 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2016 Very light aroma, malty and coffee. Opaque, very dark brown and with a bit of creamy beige head. Quite a bit of malt taste, some chocolate and coffee. Great flavor and not too overwhelming. I have a slight aversion to black IPAs and find most to be much too strong in flavor and sometimes burnt tasting. I wouldn?t call it powerfully hoppy but it has a slight bitterness to it. This is delicious and easy to drink. I?d welcome seconds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taboada (824) - Compostela (Galiza), - JUL 4, 2016
Tasted from the tap on the 02/07/2016. Almost opaque black colour with medium foamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, some hops, licorice and dark berries. Taste is medium coffee and intense roasted malts. Some hops too. Next one please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1831) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2016
500ml Bottle . I tell you friends and alcoholics that BLACK IPA is a wonderful show of unity and spirit ... two differing styles married together in IPA and Stout and making love on every craft beers palate since ratebeer got a clue and added it as a recognized style in 2012. its inspired more and more CDA’s since . Waves of bitter roast coffee and chocolate bombard the lychee , mango and pineapple that sits under any alcoholics palm tree residence .. Dolphins on Acid swimming in Black IPA ... Boris Johonson will be KING.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
klm1 (850) - - JUN 28, 2016
pours black, clear, with light brown, beige foamy head. Aroma: dark and roasted malts aroma, which takes on coffee, hint of chocolate, supported with hop aroma, which takes on pine, citruses. Very similar is flavor, with slightly bitter finish, which lingers in aftertaste. Body is moderate medium, texture soft, carbonation is medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sammybee (5) - Bradford, UGANDA - JUN 22, 2016 does not count
Hmm confused, is it possible to be pale and black ,its not stout or even porter! Lovely aroma of pineapple and strong floral hop flavour ,thin mouth feel like beer rather than stout .Initially not as malty as expected from the colour but the bitter malt flavour comes through in the end and lingers. Nice but not a patch on Proper job .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ipabr (137) - Somerset, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2016
Hmm the smell is different, quite sweet for a dark beer , actually the taste is quite peculiar aswell. Quite thin for abv. Fairly bitter, seems both light and heavy at the same time. Strange beer this one, glad I tried it. I should report back or try again at some point ... No ok I’m struggling with this, the hop bitterness offsets the taste of the malts giving a strong liquorice taste. Where as the bitterness in other dark beers seems more like the roasted malts at work

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (2178) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle from Tesco, drunk at home after a hard day. Yes this is ’proper black’, opaque with very little head or natural carbonation. Lots of heady roast malt, liquorice and beef gravy in the aroma. However, the taste doesn’t live up to the expectations of the smell. Bitter with burnt malt. Palate is watery, with a bitter and slightly acrid aftertaste. Still good although it starts better than it ends.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4030) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2016
500ml bottle, thanks to Mark. Pours black, thin receding tan head. Aroma is smoky roast. Taste continues, with a smooth full body, some cocoa. I’m glad others have picked up a creamy tropical mango element, which creeps up on the finish. I actually bought a mango earlier today and I imagine this would go well with that. Too late I guess. Very nice this.

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