I don’t know if Marks & Spencer stocking a Black IPA is a good thing, or a sign of the end of times. Either way, I thought I should give it a try.
It poured a seriously, seriously deep mahogany red, so that it sat black in the glass. You could just get a hint of the mahogany colour when shining a very bright light through the glass. A good tan head was easily formed and sat proudly on top for some time. It eventually dropped to a good covering, before breaking up.
The nose was just chock full of roasted coffee and chocolate notes, there’s not much else to say about it. In the mouth it wasn’t as full bodied as I was expecting for the ABV, in fact, I’d go as far as to say it was too thin. Not just a touch too thin either, I thought it was seriously lacking in body.
This meant that the really nice bitter chocolate and roasted coffee flavours were all washed out and the mouth was left feeling a bit on the watery side. There didn’t feel like there was a lot of bitterness either, which I think was due to the roasted coffee flavours, as these may be masked any hop flavour and bitterness that was there.
- Marks & Spencer Greenwich Black IPA, 5.7%, 500ml
While I was impressed to see a Black IPA on the shelves in the local M&S, I couldn’t help but be disappointed by the actual beer. Considering the selection of beers they have, there are better beers on their shelves than this…