When is a hoppy Porter a Black IPA and vice versa.
This little bottle of loveliness is really walking the line between the two, and I’m coming down on the side of Black IPA.
Pouring a deep purple brown, the smell is chocolate, coffee and plums.
The malting is full of espresso and bitter chocolate, toffee and pancakes, and there’s a good hit of sharp pithy greenery from the hops, lots of fizzy sherbet lemons, satsuma skins and a little pine resin.
All of this leads you to a sharp bitter IPA finish rather than a soft warm Porter finish.
This is a very nice beer indeed, but open it when you want an IPA blast, not the comfort of a Porter.
Source: BrewDog Leicester