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style
Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Meantime (Asahi)

Style: Black IPA
Paddington, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle unpasteurised; Regular
This beer has a blend of British and American influences, hence the adapted crest from the gates of Greenwich hospital, showing the two flags. India Pale Ale is traditionally strong and hoppy. This contemporary interpretation of the style is made with a blend of 7 dark malts, English and American hops.

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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Graham77 (515) - - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2016 The aroma is hops with some background sweetness. The beer is black with a nice tan head which retains well. Whilst the aroma is average the flavour is good. Dark chocolate and liquorice with a dry and medium bitter finish. Rerated august 2016.


4
sephyrott (240) - - OCT 1, 2017
500ml bottle from local M&S. It appears a mix halfway of an IPA and a porter. Dark, malty, rich, slightly hoppy and hints of coffe.

3.5
jgb9348 (6514) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2017
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice, lighter brown head, about three centimetres tall. Aroma of deep caramel, toffee, earth and some licorice and a tiny amount of grassy hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive nutty and earthy flavours with a big dose of peat and smokey flavours right behind with some bacon, grain, burnt toast and a hint of mushrooms noticeable, all with some lighter hop elements and a hint of earth. Aftertaste shows more of the nutty and peaty flavours than anything else - some of the hops cut through all the malt, but not too much, and shows more of a slightly hoppier porter than typical, or a slightly more malty and alcoholic mild ale. Overall, a decent attempt at a Black IPA from our friends across the pond that shows decently well, but not in the full-blooded hop-centric way that we expect as Americans. That said, I had this in Hong Kong, so it was well received and better than most of the other local beer I can find here, plus I didn’t have to cart it across the pond or the Pacific, either! I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Marks & Spencer (Surprise, Surprise) at Central [MTR] Station in Central, Hong Kong [island] on 04-August-2017 for HK$39,00 , sampled in my hotel room here in Admiralty, Hong Kong on 04-August-2017, with a best by Date of 28-February-2018 (HK label) on the bottle.

3.7
GuideDogSaint (1767) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 4, 2017
500ml bottle from M&S Epsom. Pours dark brown black with a beige head. Aroma of roast malt and hops. Taste of chocolate and liquorice. Bitter finish.

3.5
shadey (2166) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2017
500ml bottle. Matte black-brown pour and a lightly tan head of foam. Aroma is sweet malt and a bit of bitter hops. Flavors are milder than a real American Black IPA. Still, it is smooth and bitter - easy to drink and tasty.

3.2
Davros IX (528) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2017
2016 catch up - I’ve had two and although it is a tasty beer, I couldn’t call it a black IPA. There are some hops, but it is much more of a porter. I’ve increased the score after the second one as it is a well made and tasty beer.

3.5
kajser27 (2065) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 8, 2017
Dark brown to black colored, medium to small creamy tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, some roasted malt and coffee, medium- floral and citrus hops. Taste is medium sweet malt and chocolate, bit caramel roasted malt, coffee, medium- floral and light citrus hops, medium bitterness, dryish finish. Medium bodied, soft+ carbonation, bit oily. Enjoyable but could go for more hops.

3.5
fonefan (51574) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2017

Bottle 500ml.

[ As Marks & Spencer Greenwich Black IPA ].
Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, light chocolate, moderate hoppy, grapefruit, wood. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, woody, grapefruit, dark malt, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft - lively. [20150216]

7-4-7-3-14


3.6
mahkus (136) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2017
Little bit malty aroma. Good brown head that soom dissipates. Dark colour. Not so strong in taste.

3.6
Dervock (1467) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle - pours ruby with an off white head. Aroma is bread malt and roast malt. Taste is dry roast malt woth a bit of citrus. Roast malt finish.

3.6
redders1974 (1651) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2016
Brown with ruby glow big coffee hit some pine and roastiness the decent porterish bipa


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