Brewed by Tempest Brew Co
Style: Black IPA
Galashiels, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Imperial Black IPA. Deep within the dark malty complexity live the hops. Palate cleansing up front intensity chased by citrus, pine, BlackBerry and spice. Porter by appearance. IPA by attitude.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
vanderkidd (7) - SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2013 does not count
Looks and smells delicious! Hops are spot on. Slightly chewy. Nice lacing and legs. BOSH!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014 bottle Coppers Ncl. Hops pine and chocolate perfectly combined. Creamy bitter palate with a lovely long dry finish. The pine and spruce lingers long in the aftertaste. Really excellent. *Rerate, 10/10/14. Bottle with a BBE 02.04.14. Even richer and more vineous, loads of body, the hop hot is still as fresh. Truly stunning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Attackinblack (11) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2015
330ml bought @ the brewery for under 3 quid and poured into a pint glass. Pours black as a crow on a cloudy night with a finger of dark tan head that lasts. Smells like you’d think with that beauty burnt coffee and dark chocolate smell but with a bit of resiny hop peeking through as well. Tastes like a pretty near perfect version (for my taste) of a black IPA. Lots of coffee, a wee bit of choc to keep it from the too dry side and, rare indeed, the perfect amount of sticky/piney hop to hold it’s own handily against all that darkness. Perfect balance between burnt/sweet/bitter. Not over heavy on the palate for such a flavourful beer. Could easily go another one (or more if I’d not only bought 2). Totally worth the hype. Had a few black IPA in my day and really only saw them as a change of pace but this one is gonna go in my regular rotation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
themightyjag (425) - - JUL 13, 2013
500ml bottle from The Beerhive. Large tan head, good lacing. Body is almost dark. Nose mainly coffee and chocolate, citrus comes through more as the beer warms. Flavour is tropical fruit and mocha battling it out, finish is bitter chocolate. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Another big winner from Tempest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jantek (1) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2015 does not count
Bought in Rehill’s in Newcastle. Pours black with beige head. Looks great. The intensive aroma and taste that of pine and hops with a bit of resin. Medium Bitterness which lingers for a while. One of my favourite black IPAs. Very drinkable too. Recommend it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MidnightOwl (46) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 22, 2015
Appearance: Black as the night with tan head. Aroma: True Black IPA, coffee, chocolate, pine, resin and tropical fruits. Taste: Aromawise, more IPA than Black. Aftertaste: Slightly bitter. Lovely!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cokemonkey11 (467) - - MAY 12, 2015
Black IPA. 330ml, brown bottle, cork and cask, Edinburgh. Scent is strong grapefruit zest and lightly bitter. Pours black with a thin brown head like a cola. Taste is earthy, full-bodied, and malty. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saeglopur (1668) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 17, 2016
330 ml bottle from Firma Bier, bb 27 Apr 2016.
Almost black body, with a big, stable, creamy, lacing, light brown head.
Amazing aroma with a lot of pine, citrus, grapefruit, dark berries, dark chocolate, caramel, cocoa.
Taste is also delicious and very smooth, with pine, citrus, tropical fruits, berries, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, coffee, subtle liquorice.
Medium, a bit creamy, velvety mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes smooth, a bit warm, bitter, roasty, a bit dry, piney, citric, with cocoa, coffee, some liquorice.

Wow! As much as I like this style, Black IPAs tend to be quite similar in my opinion. But this one really offers a uniqueness and character like very few others and especially the balance is outstanding! Distinctive pine notes, lovely smooth berries and creamy dark malts in perfect harmony. Clearly my favourite BIPA so far!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (7640) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle from European local swap kindly donated by BenH, many thanks. Very dark brown color with huge beige head. Strong citrus hoppy aroma with nutty notes. Strong citrus hoppy taste with grapefruit, pines, resin. Solid dark malty backbone with coffee notes. Long hoppy bitter finish with light roasty notes. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Tasty, well balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MayumiH (881) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle at home. Toasted malt, blackberry, bitter chocolate, citrus and pine. Porter by appearance. IPA by attitude. Top notch.

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