minutemat (5809) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle from Trafalgar Wines, Brighton. Prominent grapefruit nose, pours deep charcoal. Black tea, roasted malts, a real dry hoppy finish and noticeable 7.2% that really adds some weight behind it. Great to see some world class beer coming out of my hometown. imdownthepub (15008) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
Cask conditioned at The Town Wall Tavern, Coventry. Very dark chesnut with white head. Lots of dry bitterness from richly roasted dark chocolate malts but remaining crisp rather than giving over a chocolate flavour. There is fruity alcohol, but not over bearing then a grapefruity, citrusy, hoppy bitterness. An absolute belter for me, loved it, even if it did make me late for my pick up. BOBBDrinker (67) - - MAR 21, 2013
This black IPA warms you to your core, its hoppy flavours add a sharp refreshing kick which is mellowed by the roasted malts and chocolate flavours. Although this was only a 330 ml bottle there was ample life in this beer which carried a mixture of lemon, chocolate and coffee aroma aromas making you just want more. An interesting black IPA with great flavour, clearly created by someone who loves beer. Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
I didn’t realise this was a black IPA until I read this page. A ruby reddish brown beer. Great aroma and flavour and very well balanced. Defies its abv. Gurthnar (6110) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 30, 2016
Bottle shared at tasting. Very dark colour, stable beige head. Aroma grassy, lightly roasted. Taste is benchmark CDA. Lightly roasty, robust bitterness, grassy hops flavour. Relatively easy drinking, quite good.
Sjohnh (998) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2016
First impression is of those blackcurrant and licqorice sweets. Also chocolate, red fruit, black cherry and roasted malt. Dark with plenty of off-white head. Full bodied. DruncanVeasey (8260) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 1) Cask gravity, The Crown, Nuneaton, 15/12/12. Headless mahogany with ruby edges. Liquorice, cheap coffee granules, strawberry jelly aroma. Roasted and fruity leaning towards the BIPA ball park; hints of strawberry and raspberry fromage frais behind the roast. Decent but far from dizzying. 737314=3.4.
2) So much better in the bottle and chilled. Aroma of raspberry/strawberry jelly cubes, soapy liquorice, filter coffee and earthy roast. Lip-smacking combo of ripe juicy berry, liquorice and roasted notes suggesting mocha, black black chocolate and burnt pistachio. Lovely. DanielBrown (4527) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 Bottle gifted from the lads at Salopian - thanks! Pours bronchial brown, with an inch of persistent cream top. Smells excellent - super hoppy with fuzz and prickled pear. Taste doesn’t quite match up to the aroma: it’s minerally bitter with an adder’s flicking tongue of gravelly charcoal, and a blend of dry hops, leaving some residue of West Coast pleasure. To sit at the top of the BIPA tree, the charcoal needs to be smoother and the hops, hoppier. But it’s going in the correct direction. (original rating 6th April 2013). RE-RATE - second bottle better than the first: seems smoother, more centred (a bit like Get Lucky by Daft Punk). Smooth (still minerally), great balanced flavour combining dark power and appropriate hopping). Like a lot. BlackHaddock (7516) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
330ml Bottle: BBD Mar 2014: poured into a Gordons Thistle shaped glass at home on 5 Oct 2013.
Really dark body, huge beige head.
Heavily roasted malt feel to this brew: almost burnt at times. Black coffee and dark chocolate with toffee notes in both the nose and taste. I love it when this brewery brews something like this (instead of their regular citrus tasting, golden beers), it shows they can produce flavoursome beers worthy of praise.
Most likely the best Salopian beer I’ve ever had: my taste buds however are vastly different to most peoples. Pouring it into a thistle shaped glass also enhanced it’s appeal, to my eyes anyway. Benzai (16249) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle [from Secret Euro Santa] @ home. Opaque black color, medium to full sized light brown head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, nice fruity hops. Taste malts, lightly dark malts, hardly get any roast, again nicely hoppy, lightly fruity, moderately bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice one.