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

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Special.
All the attributes of an American India Pale Ale but it’s 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!


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - OCT 7, 2012
Gravity dispense at Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival 2012 - 06/10/12. Dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head. Big pine nose allied to bitter grapefruit and hops. Hoppy piney taste with a little dark roast malt and chocolate in the background. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation leading to a dry finish. Another great black IPA from a British brewer!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12234) - 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 (4104) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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 it’s getting there but it’s very much an Anglicised version.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9172) - 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 (2655) - 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 (722) - 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 (2356) - 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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3511) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
The hand-pulled pint in ’The White Hart’ Shifnal on the 21 Aug 2013 looked very interesting: black and moody, with a full beige coloured creamy head that gave of some impressive lacing. Roasted/toasted malt aroma and taste: some hints of chocolate and semi-sweet caramel melting over a wood fire. Not as rich or creamy as it first looks indicated, but this is still a fine beer and the body suited the alcohol level and overall flavours. Different and pleasant from start to finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4498) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2013
(Cask at Kitty’s, 20130821) The beer poured almost black and clear. Its head was long lasting, medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had pine, grass and roasted malts mildly in the background. Palate was medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavours were pine, burnt malts, grass, liquorice, ash and bitterness. Afteraste was hoppy, burnt and bitter. The burnt malts were too much present in the taste but otherwise the beer was really good

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2757) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2013
Cask by handpump at Bon Accord, Glasgow - very dark brown, thin creamy beige head, pine, fruity aroma, excellent lacing, sweet citrusy, hint of roasted malt, moderate carbonation, easy to drink


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