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

bottled
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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Cask, Keg & Bottle Conditioned; Regular. ABV may vary.

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.

Batches 0007 0022(at 7.3%) 0035 Ingredients
Grains: Pale, Crystal, Crystal Rye, Chocolate, Carafa III
Hops: Summit, Citra, Sorachi Ace


Povester's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Povester (13) - Birmingham, West Midlands, - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Pours black, with nice lasting frothy tan head. Lovely roasty taste, leaves a nice impression.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poech73 (179) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
On tap @ 10th Archenbieres Festival (24/08/2014). Voilà une chouette interprétation de la Black IPA: ici on est plus sur le Bitter light Stout.
Bière brune très aérienne et facile à boire qui offre un nez très fleuri, boisé, torréfié et légèrement sirupeux avec une petite pointe surette. En bouche, la gorgé est super moelleuse offrant une certaine densité, légèrement sirupeuse sur le cuire, le café fort avec des aôrmes fruités de prune, laissant un grain cacaoté sur la langue, et le palais très huileux. Par contre, je ne goûte pas l’orge grillé comme sur les autres Stouts. La fin est très amère, assez acre, piquant légèrement le palais. Bière incroyablement équilibrée. Magnifique!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moebbels (308) - FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Pours a very dark but not impenetrably brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing on the glass. Nose has citrusy and resiny, hoppy aromas along with coffee, caramel and dark syrup. Taste is hoppy bitter and roasty with coffee and caramel notes. Carbonation is medium and the palate is quite rich and ample. This is very nice, the taste and aromas are excellently balanced, smooth and pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3181) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours black with a thin off-white head. Aromas of pine hops and grass, light roast. Taste is bitter, dry, more roast. Bitter finish. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (2160) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, nose is bitter roasted chocolate, cheesy, taste is dry, roasted chocolate, juicy fruit.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ladnewton (1411) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Covent Garden on 6th July 2014. Black with tan head and scattered lacing spots. Rich and intense roasty aroma with coffee and plum harmonising. Intense roastiness and fine grapefruit in-mouth with plum and nuttiness - hazelnut. Roasty nutty and bitter finish is long lasting, rich and intense with spicy notes. Engaging texture and plenty of body. Truly exquisite. I had a second!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilverfoX (263) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
smells like meringue, really dark black with a tiny tan lacing on to, tastes rich smooth coffee and chocolate and cream. served chilled.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10141) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Cask conditioned at The Harp, Covent Garden, London. Black with slight head. Big and bold charred malt flavours from the start, tarry, liquorice, bitter chocolate then quite an oily hop flavour works its way through, citric bitterness, a touch perfumey. Overall quite a decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (2866) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2014
03.JUL-2014, bottle @hotel room in Heatrow, from Oddbins, London Bridge. Very dark Brown and dense with a lasting tan head. Aroma is hops, soap and chocolate. Taste is very fresh hops, tea, chocolate. Not all that bitter, not really hard roasted. Medium body and soft carbonation. A bit strange for the style but OK.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayumiH (81) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
This is proper aggressive beer. Sticky and smokey. Grassy hoppiness is pretty solid. Not sure about the style myself but I’ll dig more of Weird Beard boys!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Aroma: dark chocolate, light coffee, toasted malts. Appearance: dark brown / black, small beige creamy head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets intensify, very sticky, toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee again, average-long duration, full body, low carbonation. Overall: great Black IPA, very nice aroma. Bottle from BottleDog Kings Cross, Holborn.


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