Bristol Beer Factory Indian Ink

Formerly brewed at Bristol Beer Factory
Style: Black IPA
Bristol, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Cask; Special. Also available bottle conditioned.
Indian Ink was the winning beer in this years Homebrew Competition, it is a 6.5% Black IPA, and the winning brewer Ali Kocho-Williams came to the brewery to brew it with us. Indian Ink was a unanimous and very popular choice with the judges. Indian Ink is a Black IPA a very unusual and contempory style of beer; black to look at, but with very fruity aromas of tropical fruits, the taste is of tropical fruits, with a hint of liquorice & roast flavours, with a moreish resinous bitterness to finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
Black IPA L - pours dark with a smallish head turns to a lasting film and leaves moderate lacing. Dark dark brown with a reddish hue when held to the light. S - Smells of pine sap right off the bat then later on you get a good amount of citrus, mostly orange, and then spicy notes and burnt sugars Taste - Bitter right up front with a bit of charcoal, juicy burst of citrus and hops in the middle then a bitter burnt sugar and piny end, clean not sticky (a negative IMHO). M - Very smooth carbonation is perfect and the body is a light medium that makes it a great quaffing beer. Overall a very decent beer, I have had plenty of the style with a bit more to offer but this represented well. Probably will try it again but with better ones so close I wont go out of my way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (48050) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2012

Bottle 500ml.

Clear dark red brown colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, grapefruit, light resin. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120122]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Dark reddish brown pour with a thin tan head. Earthy nose, with plenty of roasted character and some fruit, chocolate and cola nut notes. Hoppage kicked into action in the taste and tangled with the roast. Slight sweetness and fairly prominent alcohol. Building bitterness towards the lengthy finish which turned more roasty then bitter again. Plenty going on here and it grew on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pudding (251) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2011
500ml botttle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Did not like. Astringent. Unusual brew. Probably quite clever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (2056) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2011
500ml bottle. Poured with a large, dense & slowly disappearing light tan head leaving a scattered lace atop a deep, dark red-hued brown body. Big bursts of citric hops hit the nose at the fore; rich & juicy backed by straight-up hop greenery at the edges & a mild touch of roast. Full bitter hop flavour profile. Grapefruit, a hint of juicy sweetness in there that soon succumbs to the wash of resinous bitterness that lingers for minutes. Medium body, firm mouthfeel, prickly carbonation. Dry & lingering hoppy, citrus & light roast aftertaste to boot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4739) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle. Black and reddish beer with a strong frothy light brown head. The aroma is lighty roasted and the flavour is strongly roasted with a strong bitter, coffeeish and spiced finish. Overall a nice strong tasting stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2011
From Where spicy hops meet rich roast malt in a pretty damn fine fusion. Its heady and powerful, with a great bitter chocolate palate, that leaves a fairly dry aftertaste. Metallic hints on the roof of the mouth, licquorice and faint smoke in the aftertaste. Another beer where the ABV is deceptive and the strength well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1989) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
(Bottled) This stuff made itself at home and took over my Duvel glass , it looks really fucking cool...dense, bold , beige foam above forboading blackness. Really ive little expereince with the Black IPA style or gimick , theyre cool this bandwaggon season and this tastes like an American Porter intertwined with lots of bitter hop aromatics ...fruity and roasty unity .
A pretty slick offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (3152) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Blackcurrant, vanilla and coffee nose. Chocolate, raisin and dark fruit flavour. Fruity, bitter finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (10452) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2011
Bottle. Black with red tints and a beige fluffy foam. Aromas are coffee, chocolate and pine with yeast. Blackberry with liquorice and creamy oak. Flavours are earthy, dry hops with chocolate and blackberry. Woody and herbal with floral notes. Nutty with soft yet warming alcohol. Good but somehow just needs a bit more depth.

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