Brewed by Brewster’s (UK)
Style: Black IPA
Grantham, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; special for the Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival October 2013.
Wetherspoon real-ale festival and is a dark ale with a rich, roasted character, balanced by the tropical fruit flavours supplied by generous amounts of aromatic hops.
Hops used: Citra, Galaxy

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fairwater (146) - Reading, Berkshire, - NOV 1, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Cask @ Back of Beyond. Dark ruby, fresh fruity hop aroma. Little head. Fruity light hoppy taste, and a very little bit of coffee underneath. What?s the difference between this aromatic porter and a black IPA? Buggered if I know... But it tastes good... (uprated after more of it at Monks Retreat)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theprof (701) - Nottingham, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2016
Cask. Aroma decidedly fruity, although maybe they changed the recipe since my nose read more berries than pineapples. Nothing to look at. Muddy waters with white film top. The taste is rich with tropical fruits so maybe the olfactory function finally gone. Some porter drinkers will say the fruit is disproportionate for an ale that is un-plummed. I liked it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint (2675) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2016
Gravity cask at the Drayman’s Son, Ely. Dark brown and only slightly translucent. Small cream-coloured head. The sweet liquorice, pine needles and lime notes so prevalent in good BIPAs are accompanied here by a menacing malty note. Slightly burnt, which charcoal edges. Sweet taste with bittersweet piney hop in the finish, but underlying it all is that roasted malt. Exceptional balance, and a great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dchad56 (404) - - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle - sweet flowery aroma. Good mouthfeel. Bit too perfumy tasting. Bought Matlock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (46664) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2016

Cask (handpump) @ The Round House, Royal Standard Place, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 6FS.

[ As Brewsters Aromatic Porter ].
Clear medium to dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, smoke - ash notes, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, sweet malt, fruity hops, dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141013]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4362) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle from the Real Ale Store, Newark. Deep Ruby colour with a thin head. Light fresh fruity aroma. Taste roasted bitter taste with a mellow finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15107) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 11, 2015
Gravicask (PBF2015, Wednesday) (6+:4:6:4:13=3.3+)
Very nice hoppy fruity aroma. Cherry wood brown, small loose head. Tastes closer to an IPA then a porter. Some slightly earthy aspects, but still a nice soft palate. More a dark hoppy beer than a hoppy dark beer. And as such an odd, but perfectly decent, black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (3575) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Gravity at Bardfest 2015. Pours mahogany with a fading beige head. Unexpectadly floral aroma with grapefruit too. The taste is grapefruit before a little chocolate. More a black IPA than a porter for my money and that’s no bad thing. Pretty good, though a touch on the thin side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (11925) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2015
Cask at the Standing Order. Pours black, thin, sweet, dry chocolate roast, light fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4450) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Cask at the Express Tavern, dark red with a thin head, malty floral aromas, dry and lightly bitter, with a roasty floral body, hints of liquorice and coffee. More like a roasty mild, maybe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2680) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Oct 2013 during Spoons Festival - Very Dark Reddish Brown in colour; almost Black. Very Malty; roasty malts, coffee, caramel, some chocolate. Fruity; tropical fruits. Hoppy; aromatic piney hops. Slightly Spicy. Nice malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweet roasty malts meet mildly bitter fruity hops. Hoppy Porter or Black IPA? Liked this. Nice Porter!

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