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Weird Beard Fade to Black

Brewed by Weird Beard
Style: Black IPA
Ealing, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Cask, Keg & Bottle Conditioned; Regular.
ABV may vary.
Batches 0007 0022(at 7.3%) 0035

Black India Pale Ale. Sounds wrong, but tastes so right! An innovative new style challenges your preconceptions about how a dark beer should taste? Fade to Black is darker than a Metallica album cover and hoppier than a box of frogs on pogo sticks, this beer has a fascinating interplay between the fruity hops, dark toasted notes from the malt and the spicy rye.

Grains: Pale, Crystal, Crystal Rye, Chocolate, Carafa III
Hops: Summit, Citra, Sorachi Ace

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brew_Cat (107) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 9, 2016
33cl bottle @home (bottled 2013, BB 10/2015). Pours opaque black with thick creamy lasting brown head. Full body, creamy-oily texture, fair lacing, lively carbonation, bitter finish. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, citrus zest. Strong malty character, medium sweet, medium bitterness, coffee, dark chocolate, grapefruit, raisins, hints of white pepper, nutmeg. Very balanced, enjoyable black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (1284) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2015
On tap at Van Moll, Eindhoven. Body is pitch black, head is medium, brownish, creamy, mostly lasting, good lacing. Nose is roasty, citric, flavor is dark chocolate, grass, roasted malt, fruity, toasty, mild coffee. Medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Finish is long lasting hoppy and roasty medium to heavy bitter. Medium to full body, dry texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert beer, very tasty, great one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kindacold (235) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Perhaps I got a bad bottle of this, but it’s nowhere near what is described in the other reviews. Pours nearly black with moderate tan head which dissipates slowly. Almost neutral malty aroma with hints of coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate and coffee, with a bitter dryness. Finishes dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Achel (306) - Ioannina, GREECE - SEP 22, 2015
Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty and hoppy grapefruit aroma. Roasted malty hoppy bitter chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter chocolate grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1932) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, grapefruit, and pine (the Sorachi Ace is pretty dominant) - with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HerrBierkoenig (909) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 12, 2015
From 0,33l bottle, BBD: Jun 16, Pours deep black liquid, small to medium frothy tan to brown head, Aroma: beautiful fruity aroma, sorachi ace, citrus, orange, roasty notes, espresso,Taste: medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter, light sour, strong sorachi taste, citrus, oranges, litchi, than the espresso notes appears, followed by nice malty body. Palate: medium to full body, soft carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, long roasty&sorachi aftertaste, Overall: enjoyed, very well done, balanced, inspiring, easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (5055) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
On tap at O?Connors. Black with beige head. Aroma of liquorice, roasted malt, slight coffee and lots of hops. Taste is similar, hoppy, liquorice, bitter with a hoppy bitter finish. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
redders1974 (553) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2015
Wow what a great beer pours lovely with small lasting tan head tropical fruits red grape the hint of roastiness slight liquorice finish its got all sorts of flavours bouncing around incredibly well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humlelala (1187) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015
(33 cl bottle from Brewbot Belfast; BBD: June 2016; Batch #198; ABV: 6,5%) Poured at fridge temperature into a stemmed burgundy glass reveals a pitch black body with one finger tan head. Good retention and beautiful lace. Aroma is of sprucy hops with a backdrop of t toasted malt - gives me associations with the dark electric quality of the Fundamental Blackhorn and Mikkeller’s Beer Hop Breakfast. Oily texture, soft carbonation, medium body and a lingering bitter finish. Flavour is moderately bitter but retains a high degree of drinkability. A well-made beer from Weird Beard!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjsint (1803) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2015 Bottle at Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Ink black with hints of indigo. Opaque as the soul of the damned. Chocolate malt, pine needles in the scent. A wonderful tropical fruit note with liquorice and hints of stone fruit. Taste is incredible... Christmas stocking sweet gives way to a juicy intense bitterness. Flavours as diverse as espresso, white grape and prunes. This is an incredibly balanced BIPA. An incredible beer. One of my favourites in a long, long time.-------� cask at CASK pub and kitchen. Still an incredible beer but the intense properties feel muted under cask dispense. Rated 4.0, overall average drops from 4.7 to 4.3.

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