Formerly brewed at BlackBar
Style: Black IPA
Cambridge, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Occasional.
Note: "Noire Deux" was being brewed in May 2015. It is not known whether this is/will be the same beer as IPA Noire.

5% black IPA. Yes more black beer this time, it is a big hoppy, bitter black Indian Pale Ale. Brewed with only British Admiral, Beta and Pioneer hops. Also this IPA is the first of our limited release beers.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (26422) - Edinburgh, - NOV 13, 2012
cask at cloisters ... deep red black... thin tan lacing ... soft chocolate roast .. light charcoal roast ... big dark malts ... soft fruits ...little blackcurrant ... soft subdued fruity hop ... long bitter charcoal linger ...

allmyvinyl (11208) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Cask at Cloisters tap takeover Nov 2012, memory banks rate. They were pretty memorable due to the brewer talking us through the water supply, and the noticeable chalky effect it had on all his beers. This pours black, thin beige head. Aromas of roasted malt, light chocolate, pine. Taste is more pine and grapefruit, light roast. Chalky minerals on the finish.

Beese (3306) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Cask gravity at the St Albans Beer Festival 2012. Poured black, with a dense beige head. Aroma of slight funk, grass and roast. Watery initially, with some unripe fruit, molasses and ash. Finish was unpleasant, astringent bitterness and somewhat sour. Think this was a naff barrel.

BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2012
[cask at Cloisters Bar, Edinburgh] Another black one from BlackBar – albeit with red/brown edges. Charcoal bitterness, leading into grapefruit zest on both aroma and flavour. Dry, bitter finish [15112012]

McNeillR (2335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2012
Fruit loaf nose, brown lemonade body and a trickly tan head. Big and suppable shovels of mulched hop in the initial taste with a resounding liquor tickle under a light lemonade taste that takes the edge off any real finish that has a harsh, scraped toast linger.

Cask, Cloisters, BlackBar Takeover

AshtonMcCobb (7047) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 19, 2012
On cask @ Cloisters. Pours black with red chinks of light. The nose has fairly equal measures of chocolate and pine/grapefruit, though the latter definitely wins through on the taste. A balanced palate, not to sweet, not too bitter, but with that familiar mineral/cheese/chalk taste which takes away from it. Your beers are great but please re-balance your water.

yespr (48968) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2012
From cask at Cloisters. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, breadish and dark. Bitter, hard roasted. Dark malty and solid bitter. Roasted and dry. Hard roasted dry finish.

FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 29, 2012
Cask (Cambridge Blue, Cambridge)
Lovely hoppy aroma, chocolate too. Dark, small loose head. Fairly tasty body, both with the roasted malts and aromatic hops represented well. However, the roast’s a bit burnt and astringent. Bitterness compounds that by being very grapefruity. So quite a drying drink. Full flavoured, but didn’t work for me. Give me a Raven instead!

downender (9008) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2012
Cask-conditioned at the Cambridgeshire & Lincolnshire Beeriodical, at the Seven Stars, Bristol, August 2012. Black with next to no head. Dark chocolate, some toastiness and some decent, slightly herbal, hops. Enjoyable.

Fin (11070) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
Cask, handpump at The Cambridge Blue, Cambridge Sat 14th April 2012 with Loz Black as yer ’at with a scattering of beige bubbles on top. Furiously bitter with also a little bit of smokiness just detected and their is a general stream of roastiness coming through also. The hops zap the tastebuds the bitterness builds, it is very pithy, very hoppy stuff this, very good beer. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9

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