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


on tap

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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hohops (798) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle, label says 6.5%. Appearance- very dark, opaque, a one-finger beige foamy head. Aroma- hops, grapefruit, orange, caramel, dark malts, milky coffee hints. Taste- roast malt, caramel, toast, bitter coffee, hops, cold coffee, toasty bitter malt on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel, quite a long finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allanmb (172) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2016
Pours black with decent off white head. Aroma of light chocolate and slight some with hint of herbal spice and citrus zest. Good carbonation and light mouth feel. Taste is of dry malt, slight coffee note with touch of pine hops. I suspect this would be much better fresh. This bottle is 6 months old. Finish is dry with little bitterness but nice touch of ash malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McWorta (1516) - LUXEMBOURG - JUN 10, 2016
Pitch black with a light beige head. Aromas of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and poorly roasted coffee with piney resinous notes develop. Fine carbonation, light slick with a medium body. Roast malt bitterness upfront with some residual sweetness and a solid hop punch yet not really balanced, unfortunately. Roast malt dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2016
30/IV/16 - on tap @ Tilquin English Beer Festival - BB: n/a (2016-477) Thanks to the Belgian Ratebeer Crew (and Beerhunter111) for sharing today’s beers!

Clear dark brown beer, small aery light beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very roasted, coffee, cocoa powder, mocha. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very roasted, charcoal, coffee, little sour, bit hoppy. Aftertaste: bitter hops, very roasted, charcoal, slightly fruity, citrus, very dry, medicinal bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Draft at Churchkey. Very dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of burnt espresso. Taste has licorice and burnt coffee. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PlutonowyMan (481) - POLAND - MAY 2, 2016
Kolor: czarny lub ciemny br?z z rubinowymi refleksami. Piana be?owa, drobno p?cherzykowa, ?rednio trwa?a, przyzwoicie zdobi szk?o. Aromat: owoce, lekka palono?? i ?ywica. W smaku ponownie delikatna ?ywica, nieco owocowo, sporo palono?ci i co? jakby mydliny. Goryczka niezbyt intensywna, ?ywiczno owocowa, wysycenie ?rednie.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8117) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2016
(Thx!) Sampled draft (twice) @ Tilquin English Beer Festival 2016. Very hazy brown, tanned head. Nnose is massive blue cheese hop, Sorachi ace, low mocha, chewy malts & toffee, beautiful. Taste is massive Sorachi Ace blue ceese hops, some mocha, butterscotch, chewy malts,..; massively creamy. This fulfils my love for Sorachi Ace, this is beauty, I need this to be a standard thing. I love you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2016
Draft @ Tilquin English Fest ’16, courtesy of and shared with the fine Belgian RB crew. Brune, col fin blanc-cassé. Arôme offre un bouquet généreux de café, léger retro de chocolat avec un agrément houblonné assez plaisant. Grillé perdure en rétro avec une note épaisse de crystal malt. Palais est malté, chocolaté, fini sec, grains, amertume en balance sur des houblons virant vers agrumes avec ce côté high alha du Sorachi fort en agrumes et qui propulse cette bière sur des houblons raffinés et complexe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (17040) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2016
From Tap. Fast klare dunkel orange braune Farbe, geringe beige Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, süß, Vanille, Kaffee. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, bitter hopfig, würzig, Vanille.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (1893) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2016
Draft at Tilquin English Beerfestival. Very roasty, malts, bitter chocolates. Not getting much IPA out of this. A bit like a thinned out Sadako. Nice.

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