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Brewed by Triple fff
Style: Black IPA
Alton, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Special.
All the attributes of an American India Pale Ale but its black. Do your eyes deceive you? Have you fallen down the rabbit hole? Take in the fresh pine hop aroma then savour the complex malt palate typical of an IPA but then come the subtle hints of dark chocolate and liquorice to give the game away. This is not a heavy beer but smooth and incredibly drinkable, a new beer style worthy of praise. Drink me!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
foxo82 (802) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Cask at The Pub, Leicester. Not as dark I flavour as it is in looks -tastes like a standard IPA with bitter liquorice malt but not a long finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
laiti (7264) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Cask @Old Bank, Turku
Aroma has fruity hops, grapefruit, some licorice and resiny tones. Flavour has resin, grapefruit, nettles, licorice, hints of ash and minerals. Also salmiac. Ashy finish. Most likely the first black IPA I am having from cask. Not bad, but could be less ashy. Also, this gets some bush leaves & vegetable tones after some sips.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (2084) - DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
Cask. Dark chestnut brown with a small tan head. Dry wood, bark, forest, pine, light dark/rye bread, brown sugar. Medium body, little sweetness, medium bitter. Light dry and bitter hoppy finish. Not bad at all, but the malts could be more present for my taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
Dark brown. Toasty nose with dark sugars and a little bit of grapefruity hop. Mouthfeel is a bit slick. Taste is a little dark malt sweetness, a little bit of hop fruitiness. Fairly light example, fits with the English context but is less effective overall than the bigger interpretations of the concept.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Sept 2013 - Black in colour. Very Malty; very burnt malts; anything else is totally overwhelmed by the dominant burnt taste. Very Fruity; very citrus grapefruit. Hoppy; bitter piney hops. Very burnt malts meet bitter citrus fruity hops. Too burnt; this totally dominates the taste. NOT easy drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5802) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 20, 2013
Cask at the Anchor, Digbeth, Birmingham. Poured a deep mahogany colour with a bubbly light tan head. The aroma is rich malt and liqourice. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a liqourice, treacle, citrus fruit, spicy hop palate. A black IPA? I guess its getting there but its very much an Anglicised version.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10841) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 15, 2013
Cask (Angleterre, Helsinki)
Woh, such a an English aroma. Nice porter roast, but some vorpalberries too. Nice burnt roast in the retronasals. Palate pleasantly slithy. Nice spicy roasty combo. Good balance, high drinkability. Finish later fills out with a whole range of roasts and spices.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3945) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Cask at Black Door, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, hops, chocolate, dryness and roasted malts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MalcolmTucker (844) - SCOTLAND - AUG 28, 2013
Cask at Cloisters. Chocolate and liquorice malt is well balanced with pine hops.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (3011) - FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Cask. Pours dark brown in color with a small bubbly head. Roasted notes, some chocolate and notes of burnt wood in aroma. Roasted coffee, some fruityness and notes of licorice in taste. Long-lasting roasted notes and burnt wooden notes in finish.

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