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


on tap

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RATINGS: 168   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

Povester's rating

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Achel (274) - 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 (1866) - 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 (805) - 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 (4737) - 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 (510) - 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 (1174) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjsint (1663) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2142) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Draft at Khyber Pass. Nearly opaque dark brown pour. Beige foam and lace. Spicy hops. Dark malts. Medium body. Black coffee. Burnt toffee caramels. Devils Food cake. Dried purple passionfruit. Prunes. Liquorice. Black currents. Pumpernickel. Black peppercorns. Darkly sweet and spicy with a touch of tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 3, 2015
Dark brown color. Big coffee todfee and caramel nose. Big nuttiness in the mouth with lots of roasted malts, but lacks hoppiness and bitterness. Still very admirable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fugitive (1745) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 6, 2015
Tap @ Local Pub, Athens. Color hazy dark brown with small head. Aroma roasted, malt, grapefruit, citrus. Taste bitter, roasted, fruity, hoppy.

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