It was only a matter of time, I suppose, before the trend for Session IPAs led to someone doing a Session Black IPA.
And here we have it, though arguably it’s a hoppy Mild.
Eternal Darkness isn’t too bad, pouring a deep purple brown with a thick fluffy head and smelling of bitter chocolate and honey.
The malting is round and chewy, biscuits, chocolate and toffee, all very gentle, all very mild, but unlike your typical Mild the hops are sharp with lemon rind and green herbal leaves.
The finish here manages to maintain a creamy molasses sweetness and bitter pithiness, making this a very pleasant beer.
But do you remember when, for a short time, breweries were giving us Hoppy Stouts instead of Black IPAs?
Well this really is more a Hoppy Mild than a Session BIPA.