Layer Cake (6%) is a very good Black IPA that does all the things you’d expect and does them well.
The aroma is dark and fruity, full of black cherries and woodland undergrowth.
Taking a swig you find lots of black coffee, morello cherry jam, honey, burned toast, charcoal and toffee from the big gloopy malts, along with lime zest and lemon curd, orange marmalade and mown lawns from the hops.
It balances deep warm chewy Porter-like malts with sharp as a tack IPA hoppy bitterness and I like it a lot.
Bobolink (5.6%) As far as coffee heavy oat Stouts go this is up there with some of the best.
There’s that fresh and woody coffee aroma that filters down into the body of the beer, adding a rolling tobacco, cherry stone and India rubber hit that backs up the sticky treacle tart p, burned wholemeal toast and honey of the malts.
You’ll find some hops as well, though they are a subtle herbal and maple syrup coated red leaf litter aside to the rich black coffee that’s smoothed out and made thick and unctuous by the creamy oats.