STYLE: American Black Ale
LOOK: Pours like a thickish Coke with the same type of carbonated head, only a bit fluffier. Self-styled as a “Black IPA” it’s the black that stands out. Darker than expected, spider wed lacing and retention.
NOSE: Beef jerky, sweet chocolate cake, coffee. The smokey notes dominate. You really have to dig for a
semblance of balance.
MOUTH: Smoke, grilled peaches and grapefruit, mild hoppiness. Struggle of styles here, not quite IPA and not quite stout. I think it’s unlikely the proper balance has been achieved. There’s a palate-cleanser quality that’s hard to shake, even with the subtly nice but not great citrus-rind finish.
Beeradvocate Rating: 86
Hayward Abbey Rating: 74