BIG HAPI India Black Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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3.8/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
OK, I will begin this review by stating how difficult it is to classify this beer. For those of you who have had the pleasure of trying Stone's 11th Anniversary Black IPA, that's the closest thing I can equate this beer to. Sampled on tap at The Pitcher Inn (Thanks Tim, you're a cool kat!) this beer was a very dark (nearly black) brown color. The head was one-and-half-fingers-worth of wood-like, brown-colored head. The retention was very good as a thick cap and the lacing was excellent in thin, consistent bands. The aroma was nice, a complex blend of hoppy bitterness, rich soil, roasted barley, hints of wood and a slight, wet mustiness. The flavor profile was also complex and challenging; I tasted lots of hops at first, herbal, piney and resiny notes followed by roasted barley, coffee and something odd. I have to note this oddness, it was musty and wet and well, the only thing I found quite unappealing about the beer. The finish, however, was bitter, hoppy and surprisingly clean. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation light. An unusual beer to say the least, caught between appealing to the hop-heads and the Stout-lovers. Being a fan of both, I liked it, but it's not for the everyday drinker and its sales suggest the same.
Serving type: on-tap
03-05-2009 19:33:37 | More by thekevlarkid
BIG HAPI India Black Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
89 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.