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


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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 (15630) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Cask at the Standing Order. Pours black, nose is roast toffee, chocolate, pine, taste is similar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
McSherman (370) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Das pechschwarze Bier hat ein sehr ausgeprägtes Aroma: Holz, Lakritze, Medizin. Letzteres wirkt leider lange nach - das muss man schon mögen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23259) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Bottled. More or less black colour with a small beigeish brown head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, some slight liquorice and a bit ashy notes. Flavour is very similar, but has a nice strong citrusy and grassy hop profile to it. Also mild black currant to it. Interesting take on Black IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egidis (47) - LITHUANIA - JAN 31, 2015
bottle. dark ruby, almost black with a small head. aromas of coffe and chocolate and bitterness of hops, that’s what you expect and yes this beer has it. but there is also sourness which confused me a little.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MPA (866) - 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 (125) - 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 (4021) - 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 (6824) - 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...

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