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


on tap

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.

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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (1016) - NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Shared bottle at RB/HD gathering at Tau 18.10.14. Aroma and taste of lime, grapefruit, sour coffee and sour caramel. Lime, citrus and sour dark malt in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (2831) - Mosterřy, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
0,33l bottle at RBHD-gathering, Tau, Oct-2014. Clear, deep ruby mahogany body with a light brown film. Vanilla, pollen, port on the nose. Dry, mellow coffee, dried fruits and faint liquorice on the nose. Medium to full bodied. Long aromatic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5179) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Shared 330 ml bottle at local tasting. Black colour, tan head. Pleasant aroma of American hops, citrus and pine. Also roasty notes. The flavour has piney hops and roasty coffee notes, but they don’t blend in quite as harmoniously as in some other black IPAs. Still a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (1269) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from Beer Ritz courtesy of the parents. Pours black with a tan head. Start off with some nice pine notes and a little spice before coffee notes. The pine seems to make a return in the bitter aftertaste. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgajdaczewa (552) - Katowice, POLAND - OCT 15, 2014
W aromacie sporo słodkiej kawy, ale nie jest to słodycz od laktozy czy od cukru tylko od owoców tropikalnych, głównie mango, jest super! W smaku likierek kawowy z nutą orzecha włoskiego, świetny balans pomiędzy goryczką a słodyczą, goryczka bardziej kawowa niż chmielowa, ale mi to nie przeszkadza. Wraz z ogrzewaniem wyszedł lekki sos grzybowy, ale nawet to nie popsuło bardzo pozytywnego wrażenia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
evannell (100) - - OCT 10, 2014
Strong coffee aroma and alcohol flavour were the first that hit me. But after finishing half of the glass i got used to them and the beer continued to taste better and better. I ended up buying another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (828) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle from Favourite beer. Colour is very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is citrus and hoppy with coffee, and caramel. Taste is hoppy bitter and roast coffe with liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matis (140) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Poured. Roasted malts in aroma. Grainy, cocoa, cofee and ash hints. Hoppy with some sour notes in taste - it disturbs me a bit. Not so full body, drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stomper (9) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 20, 2014 does not count
Black, very hoppy, a bit of coco and chocolate. Good lacing. Overall need to taste if you have a chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (1802) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2014
Tap pour@10e Arch’en Bičres 08/2014. Luscious, oily, and still restrained interpretation of the style, marked by a thoughtful balance. Both hops and malts radiate complementing arrays of fruity aromas: milk chocolate and plum meet red grape, maracuja, citrus. Rye spice gives it some extra punch, else very smooth and moreish.

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