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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It’s a shame when good barley goes bad. This spring, the combined effect of double digit sustained winds and concentrated rainfall created major stress on the normal course of our barley maturation — our crop went down for the count. Instead of crying in our beer—or lack thereof—we decided to do one better and make something new. Featuring organic malts and our estate-grown wet hops, this black IPA is the evil twin of our legendary Estate Ale. Black in color with a mild roasty flavor and moderate body, this beer has a bold citrusy and earthy hop flavor and aroma from the use of our own wet hops. We’d never let one bad harvest get in the way of a great beer, so join us in a toast to the memory of our devastating season.

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3.4
Travlr (24826) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle. Took staff half an hour to get the damn plastic off. Very dark maroon brown, fluffy beige head. Aroma of light pine, cocoa. Taste is bright pine, bitter coffee. OK.

3.6
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
15th February 2014
Scopey 5K Tasting in deepest Croydonia. Opaque dark brown - black beer, good pale tan head. Creamy dark malt, semi dry. Whisper of roast and dark malt bitterness. Mild piney hops and subtle fruits, well buried. Not bad.

3.5
Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle shared at the Scopey 5K tasting. Thanks to Kenny for this CDA. Pours clear brown with a frothy, tan head. The nose is dry, toasted brown bread, dirt, dry chocolate. Light-medium sweet flavor with notes of bitter earth, burnt pine and baking cocoa. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and lightly creamy texture. Bitter burnt pine to finish with further earth, dusty cocoa and charred malts. OK. Perhaps a touch faded.

3.3
Theydon_Bois (19510) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, big thanks to the CDA finder general, Leighton - 15/02/14. Dark mahogony brown with a light tan covering. Nose is cocoa, biscuit crumble, dark malts, lighy pine, muted tropical fruit tones, earthy hops. Taste comprises light roast, earthy hops, pine twang, dark berry fruits, cocoa powder. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Adequate CDA but a good few draws from the top of the cabinet !

3.6
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
On tap @ GABF. Just about black in color with a khaki head. Toffee, coffee, and roasted malt nose. Earthy and floral hops, bitter chocolate, and bitter citrus. Decent pine character. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some toffee sweetness. Lots of pine, roast, and earthy bitterness. Hints of citrus peel and floral hops.

3.5
Ferris (15288) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle - Toasted malts. Clear brown with a brown head. Toasted malts finishing with some chocolate. A nice brown ale, but I don’t get black IPA from this.

4.1
bhensonb (15195) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Waxed bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark copper, almost brown, with a large frothy light tan head. Aroma is earthy chocolate. Med + body. Flavor is smooth dark malt, dark chocolate, earthy, with citrus sort of coming in after all that. Extremely good stuff.

3.3
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Yoav. Clear dark amber-brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of piney hops, roast and chocolate. Bittersweet flavor, roasty and hoppy, with a big of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and a bitter finish with piney notes. Medium-bodied.

3.7
Scopey (14731) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle at my 5K tasting, thanks to Kenny. It pours darkest brown, near black with a medium beige head. The nose is fresh pine, toast, rich roast, dark chocolate, earth and light spice. The taste is rich roast, toast, earth, good deal of bitterness, resin, pine, pepper, dark chocolate and rocky road with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice dark chocolate behind the bitterness. Good body and rather tasty.

3.2
djd07 (14519) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with small beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is roast and floral hop. Medium body, citrus, light roast, bitter finish, good.


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