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Black Rocks - Buxton Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 7.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buxton Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: danieelol on 05-17-2013)
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beholder_pl

Poland

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown, or almost black with a medium sized tan head that stays very long. Nice lacing. I don't like the sediment floating in the glass throughout drinking.

Aroma: not very intense, with hints of roastiness and tropical fruits. Imperial Black from Buxton had much better aroma than this one.

Taste: I'm not sure, but I think something's wrong here. This doesn't taste like an american black ale. It lacks the hoppiness, instead there's a lot of roastiness and coffee plus that burnt aftertaste plus medium but lasting and rather unpleasant bitterness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, low carbonation.

Overall: not a bad beer, but I guess this wasn't the best batch. Bottled on 7-01-2014. Well, I'll try this one again, but not any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 19:51:15 | More by beholder_pl
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large lasting head.
Nose shows roasted malt, resinous hops, pine and fruit confectionery.
Cocoa and roasted malt as flavours along with more of the confectionery. Some pine too. Finishes with a strong hoppy bitterness.
Nice creamy carbonation works well.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 04:56:03 | More by CrazyDavros
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StJamesGate

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Muddy black with stouty, lumpy, beige head.
Pink grapefruit, spearmint leaf, papaya nose – light and fruity.
Light black rye notes then lime, starfruit, and evergreen hops.
Slight charred hit to end and ringing bitter linger.
Lt-med, some cling, oily and dry.

The hoppy “black only” end of the ABA scale; no coffee or chocolate here. A bit thin, and the aroma is even a bit delicate to cut through the touch of roast. But lovely light citrus notes and good IBUs.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 23:34:43 | More by StJamesGate
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-08-2014 23:02:07 | More by tom10101
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap. Shaker glass @ Freiburg (Barcelona). Black color & tan head. Creamy & rocky foam. Roasted, burnt & caramel malt aromas. Roasted, sweet & creamy upfront swept it out by sharp bitterness. Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Bitter & burnt touches in the middle but cloying sweetness is felt as well. Licorice hues in a long finish. Slight citric & piney aftertaste. Hops & malts could be better balanced since I can´t feel my tongue!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 22:20:45 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; at 6.0%abv., bottled on 07/01/2014, served mildly-chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pitch black in colour, coming with a lively but not fierce level of carbonation and a 1cm-thick light khaki frothy head lasting throughout the drink.
S: the aroma is rather deep and not too pronounced in terms of roastiness, coupled with a lean touch of black cherry-ish sour fruitiness; a swirl brings up guava-ish hops, black sugar, light toastiness, prune-ish and a little damp mouldy notes.
T: nicely carbonated and smooth on the entry, the bitter-sweetness of toasted malts develops upfront immediately with notes of burned nuts dragging a touch of tobacco also, while the “New Zealand” hops (the label doesn’t specify which variety) render a deep bitterness to linger as well as a gently prune-ish acidic fruitiness to boot. The finish is mildly chewy, featuring roastiness and hop bitterness in a harmony, on a rather decent level of attenuation, too.
M&O: softly carbonated, medium-bodied, a well-executed bitter black ale featuring gentle fruity hoppiness and an assertive bitterness of depth. Not a very hoppy take on the style, nevertheless a thirst-quenching one.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 20:57:00 | More by wl0307
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-08-2014 00:35:41 | More by nmann08
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heygeebee

Australia

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Jims. Bottled May 13.

Had a couple of these now, (review sample faded more than previous bottle) and have to say that it's well made beer, but well in the style of what might be called the New Wave of English Brewers. So take a Big US-made Black Ale, and just knock the edge of it so it is more drinkable and less in your face. Nice roasts, little choc tho.

Yes it's hoppy, no it's not a Hoppy Stout, but why on earth are most of the hads and all of the reviews so far on here from Aussies?

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 08:29:19 | More by heygeebee
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-16-2013 20:53:49 | More by CwrwAmByth
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

10-06-2013 07:57:27 | More by Rwalford74
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-29-2013 20:57:27 | More by Kirk
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danieelol

Australia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black, slightly brown with good head and fantastic lacing. Some sediment.

Smell features strong pine, mango and tropical fruits and a bit of brown ale/roasty character. Some crystal malts.

Taste features more brown ale notes and a general tropical hop flavour.

Mouthfeel has a lot of tropical fruits and does finish with a lot of roast and astringency

A well-assembled beer like all of Buxton's offerings and definitely brings the hops. I do not think I have had another brewer's beers who are so hoppy and consistent.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 08:56:39 | More by danieelol
Black Rocks from Buxton Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.