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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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, weve just changed that!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jashiu (269) - Gdask, POLAND - DEC 5, 2016
500ml bottle. Due date 08 2017

Aroma: a lot of pine and coffee, strong forest and resin scents, roasted character

Looks: black with thick light brown head

Taste: dry, there is literally no sweetness in this beer. Coffee and roasted malts, espresso like bitterness

Feel:mid carbonation, medium body

Overall:A very nice blackish IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Paddycairns (33) - - NOV 19, 2016
Smells like a proper IPA with loads of hops but with a small amount of coffee. Tastes is pretty much hops and more hops with slight notes of choclate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kita (1949) - Koper, SLOVENIA - NOV 9, 2016
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear pitch black color with thick soapy light brown head and fair lacing. Aroma of pine, mild roasted malt, coffee, herbs, citrus and leather. Taste starts with mild sweet roasted malt and a bit of citrus, following is grainy, leathery and coffeeish, mouthfeel is dry and mild spicy, while finish is pleasantly bitter. Medium body, slick texture and lively carbonation in palate.English malts easily makes it to the foreground...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6853) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2016
August 2016 - 500ml bottle at home in Richmond, as St. Austell Proper Black, 6.0%, BB June 2017. Opaque black, big foamy dense brown head, thick lacing. Aroma is pine, salt lick, flowery, dried rose petals. Body is smooth with tingly carbonation. Taste is eucalyptus, chocolate mint creams, pine, sugary. A muted sweet CDA. Nice hops and a little grassy in the finish, but not bitter or roasted enough for my taste.(3.4)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11499) - Troms, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2016
On keg at Samuel Jones. Patchy fawn-coloured head. Spotty lacing. Pitch black body. Roasted dark malty smell with a dark fruity touch. Taste of dark chocolate, molasses and dark berry fruits, hints of sulfur. Bittersweet, marmalade-like ending. Medium bodied. Pleasant (Pub crawl with Finn in Exeter, 28.09.2016).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1485) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 17, 2016
Black colored, medium tan creamy lasting head. Aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt, bit burnt some citrusy and fruity hoppy aroma but moderate. Taste is medium sweet malt, strong chocolate and some roasty notes, light ashy, medium- citrus notes, medium bitterness, dry dark choco finish, roasty aftertaste. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bit creamy. Nice one but for a BIPA hoppy aroma could be more potent. (bottle, Pivoljub, Ljubljana)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bolian (178) - - OCT 14, 2016
Pours dark black, beige foam, good retention. Nose is hoppy - grape, citrus and malty notes. Taste notes - fruit - melon, citrus, grape and bready notes, burnt and almost Jammy. Finish is semi dry with medium bitterness. Nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (9934) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2016
Bottle picked up from Tesco. A black coloured pour with reddy hues and a lasting frothy mid tan head. Aroma is nice Hoppy pine with floral notes with jam on burnt toast., little ashy edge on the nose. Flavour is composed of bitter acrid roast, rich dark chocolate, jammy fruits and a little pine. Palate is creamy, verging on oily, lowish carbonation. Lingering bitter burnt roast, and pine bark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerNinjaUK (332) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2016
500ml bottle from Tesco. Pours deep black-brown with creamy thick off-white head. Great lacing. Aroma full of citrus hops but with rich espresso and amazing smoky notes. Really unusual and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dchad56 (375) - - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle - deep black, decent tan head. Strong citrus aroma, but with coffee chocolate tinges. Citrus IPA tasting but aftertaste of coffee. Ting on tongue and in mouth. Ok beer.

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