Glassware: IPA glass.
Appearance: Pouring an uber dark brown with two fingers of tan foam resting on top. Good head retention and excellent lace work on the glass.
Aroma: When a black IPA is done right it is one of the best aromas going around in our opinion. And this has been done right! That fusion of deep roasty malt, chocolate, coffee and cacao with the clean and hoppy notes of pine, citrus and herbs offer a brilliant contrast. Such an amazing fusion of aromas.
Flavour: Absolutely spot on! Neither the hops or the malts dominate…they both come on with as much intensity as each other. Bitter sweet chocolate, roasty malts, coffee, pine, pithy citrus peel, grapefruit and a subtle flutter of herbs are all amplified by a warming booze in the tail. Really good legs on it as well.
Mouthfeel: Rather aggressive, bitter and super dry in the finish. The 8% AbV reveals itself but doesn’t overpower. Medium body and co2.
Overall: A good ol fashioned west coast black IPA. She’s a bit of a palate wrecker but the high point is that it’s balanced – the hefty malt profile really pulls those hops in to line. That’s a pearler!