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Brewed by St. Austell
Style: Black IPA
St. Austell, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Occasional. Part of the 2011 JDW Autumn Beer Festival. Also available bottled conditioned.
Controversial? A contradiction in terms? Certainly a subject for discussion; is there such a thing as a black India Pale Ale? Whichever way you look at it, this beer is designed to challenge the sences. Black as stout, close your eyes and taste and this beer is classic IPA. Powerful hops dominate the restrained chocolate and coffee notes from the carefully selected roasted malt. Whatever you thought you knew about beer, we’ve just changed that!

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4.2
Bijl (694) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2017
Gitzwart, totaal geen licht te zien, donker beige schuimkraag. Aroma: Direct zeer hoppig en fruitig.... tropisch, mango, grapefruit, Citrus, sinaasappelschil.  En daarna komt ook donker geroosterde mout er door met chocolade en koffie. Tegelijkertijd geeft dat die typische BIPA geur. Smaak: On de smaak gaat dit qua volgorde hetzelfde.... eerst de rijkelijke hop smaak, pijnboom, grassig en tropisch fruitig. Daarna een stevige bitter die grassig en harsig is met daarna een mooie roasty nasmaak. Voor de kleur van het bier nog licht geroosterde smaak met wat bittere chocolade en koffie. Mooi in balans. Medium body, zacht koolzuur, mondgevoel is prikkelig en netelig van de hop, afdronk is licht roasty, pijnboom/hars en grassige hop en droog. Zeer goed!

3.5
Beese (2937) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2017
500ml bottle from Waitrose, Rickmansworth. Surprised about the quality of this beer. I remember the original Proper Job as being something of a standout IPA, back in the days of a real ale market dominated by bitters and golden ales (remember them?). This was a good quality black IPA, and while not a standout, it's a very drinkable beer that holds its quality, without compromising for the CAMRA crowd.

3.5
Dbcwi88 (20) - Loughton, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2017
Gorgeous. Hoppy ipa smell and Hoppy punch with roosted malt sweetness in taste. Lovely bitter hop aftertaste

3.6
GuideDogSaint (1588) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 22, 2017
500ml bottle from Tesco, Leatherhead. Pours black with an off white head. Aroma of hops and roast malt. Bitter finish.

4.4
Boothman (18) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2017
A good hit of both malt and hops. Smell of roasted malt, and some citrus - lemon peel/grapefruit. Tastes like it should, being a mishmash of two styles - the dark roastiness of coffee, chocolate, pine nuts etc with some of the aftertaste of fruit with the hops lingering on the tongue. Fairly dry, with light carbonation. Holds its alcohol very well. Excellent.

3.5
JorgeLee (2134) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2017
Bottle, Tesco online. Dark brown almost black, white foam. Pretty good take on the style, possibly at the more malty and roasty end of the spectrum (rather than using black malt merely as food colouring) with a decent pine bitterness. Hints of fruit. Enjoyable, St Austell do some good stuff these days.

3.7
MoritzF (9974) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2017
(bottle) Black coloured hue with a big and brown foamy head. Fruity hoppy aroma with notes of citrus and earthy mildly roasted malt, including shy hints of chocolate and liquorice. Mildly roasty bitter flavor with a tinge of sourness, medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slightly roast-malty and earthy taste with mildly citric and subtle piney hops; quite dry, mildly roast malty and bitter hoppy finish with a fruity and delicately piney edge. Solid. 20.VI.17

3.9
pivnizub (10670) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2017
Bottle (@ local Trinkschlecht): Lterally black, presumably hazy, big and stable creamy tanned head, moderate to solid dryish roasty, coffeeish and chocolatey nose with traces of dried berries, distinctive herbal to piney hops underneath; solid dry bitter flavour, still sweet dark malty influences detectable; medium bodied, creamy MF; soft and lingering dry herbal-piney and roasty finish. Very good, fortunately more like a Dry Stout than like an IPA...

3.8
Luneylane (203) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - MAY 20, 2017
A bottle from Padstow Tesco, drunk at Dad’s place while home on leave. Aroma: coffee, chocolate, citrus fruits. Appearance: black; head goes away to nothing. Palate: medium-bodied and slick, average carbonation, astringent with roasted notes at the finish. Taste: medium bitter. Weird, I like the roasted flavour, but the citrus flavour seems to clash with it. Tasty though, and I would drink another.

3.7
JPC1524 (208) - Devon, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aromas of fruit, hops and dark malts. Flavours of roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee with subtle grapefruit notes. Decent bitter finish.


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