Black Betsy Imperial Black Belgian IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1
3.98/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On-tap at Haymarket. Served in a 4oz taster glass.
A - Initially appears black, but there is a reddish glint at the edges of the glass. A finger of dark tan foam settles to a partial cap, collar, and splotchy lace patches.
S - Bananas, phenolic yeast, black, roasted, and chocolate malts, baker's chocolate, hint of marshmallow and candi sugar. Some alcohol is present as the beer warms up.
T - Not a ton of overt hop flavor, but there is some surprising bitterness in the finish - I guess that's the 'IPA' part of this beer. Heavy on the black and charry malts, with some yeasty bread but less of the overtly phenolic and banana/bubblegum Belgian yeast flavors found in the aroma.
M - Medium-full body, dry texture that's a touch gritty. Lower carbonation, and fairly well disguised alcohol content. Finishes with some light candi sugar stickiness, but is otherwise mostly clean.
D - This beer delivers exactly what it promises, hitting all the stylistic check boxes - hop bitterness, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, black malts, high alcohol, etc. That being said I wish there was more hop aroma and flavor present, as this combination of flavors and styles isn't something I find particularly appealing. Fairly easy to drink at 10% and one of Haymarket's better Belgian (Belgo?) offerings - worth trying at least once.
Serving type: on-tap
12-30-2011 15:43:53 | More by MasterSki
Black Betsy Imperial Black Belgian IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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