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

bottled
available

on tap
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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   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, weve just changed that!

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle. Black colour with a medium light brown head. Rich aroma of toffee, caramel, light roastedness and bitter hops. Nice beer.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tjeerd (454) - GERMANY - MAR 16, 2017
Black beer with hardly a head. Taste is sweetish and mildly bitter. Medium body and low carbonation. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3858) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle conditioned. Jet black, fluffy and persistent beige head and gentle condition. Oily hop resins, bitter coffee, sweet chocolate and a little liquorice in the nose. Full bodied in the mouth, starts off a little bitter and tinny with hops to the fore but with a sweet chocolate note timidly appearing bolstered by a little coffee essence, roasted barley and some faint fruity berries. Finish has a lingering metallic retronasal hop resin note and a little bitter coffee and roasted barley towards the end.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onesimus (53) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2017
Proper Black is a schizophrenic IPA stout lookalike. It's very dark damson look with a one finger beige head that fairly quickly dissipated. On the nose notes of burnt caramel, rich darks fruits and hints of espresso. Like a stout it has a smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Upfront is the fruit, caramel and coffee which quickly gives way to a hoppy bitter citrus which lingers nicely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (9247) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2017
Bottle. High fluffy lasting off-white head. Very dark brown body, not completely black. Mild coffee caramel aroma. Roasted malt coffee caramel fruity flavor with a good deal of hops bitterness, low carbonation, long sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (2940) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle. Opaque Black in colour. Good creamy beige head. Good lacing. Very Malty; roasted malts, slightly burnt, dark chocolate, coffee. Fruity; citrus fruits. Hoppy; piney hops. Bitter roast malty hoppy and citrus fruity throughout. Dry rather burnt malty finish. Very drinkable. (2016-09-25)

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
meldorf75 (84) - - JAN 2, 2017
Barwa ciemna. Piana niska szybko opadajaca. W aromacie slod I nuty czekoladwe I karmelowe. W smaku bardzo gorzko ale tez I wysokie nasycenie ktore przeszkadza. Warte sprobowania I tylko tle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Antzrhere (170) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2016
Pours black (obviously). Aroma of roast and pine. Taste is very quite full bodied and very roasty for a black IPA. Some figgy flavours (??), Pine hops and some tropical hop aftertaste which i assume comes from the Citra hops. Alot more stout character than i expected, but still drinkable. Not bad!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exRAID (154) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - DEC 14, 2016
Бутылка. Аромат хорошии, в меру жжёнки и хмеля. Тело пустова& вкус тоже, но для массмар& очень даже хорошо.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (6989) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2016
Fra keg p Samuel Jones, Exeter 28 Sep 16. Svart. Mokkafarget filmskum. Veldig lett kaffearoma. Smaken lett aprikos med rstet malt i bakgrunnen hele tida. Litt uvariert.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jashiu (832) - 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


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