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


on tap

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (2815) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayumiH (41) - 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 Iíll dig more of Weird Beard boys!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (867) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13108) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle. Almost black body, clear looking and with a dense, light beige head. Thereís a faint touch of cooked vegetables in the aroma, but mostly itís roasted. Pine cones and resins in the back. Itís quite bitter, with pine cones, resins and roasted malts. Full body, soft carbonation, pretty dry, with roasted malts and bitterness in the finish. Well, too roasted I think, else quite decent. 140608

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, some roasted notes, sorachi ace, some citrus and malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with some roasted grains, coffe, fruity hops and lemon.Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (7199) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, floral and cooked vegetables. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (3483) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle from Spirited Wines, Manchester. Black with a large bubbly off-white head. Has a potent tropical fruit hoppiness, Itís strong tasting with a light roasted malt evident, but still with a good dose from the tropics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marstonlad (386) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle at Janoinen Lohi, Helsinki. Pours black with a little white head. Aroma features a combination of hoppy and roasty elements; notes of coffee, chocolate and grass. Taste is initially sweet, later bitter. The balance between hoppy and malty flavours is very good, moderate to high bitterness. The palate is medium bodied and a bit sticky, moderate carbonation. This black IPA has both hoppy and roasty notes, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1606) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2014
First beer at the Manchester Velodrome festival 2014. Black with a medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, some fruit. Flavour is medium roasted malts, a little citrus fruit. Probably needed more hops for my tastes. Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (1054) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
330ml bottle. 7.2%. Batch No: 0050. Pours black with a thick foamy beige head leaving lacing and aroma of roasted malts, burnt notes, coffee, hop resin. Taste is sweetish biscuity roast malt, smoke, coffee, dark fruits, berries, tangy grapefruit citrus hoppy & grassy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation. Finish is dry hoppy earthy lingering roast bitter. Very drinkable black IPA.

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