The Merchant - Birbeck's Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.15/5 rDev +1.6%
Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne in 2013. They call this a Black mid-1800's style English IPA. I've classified it as an English IPA, because as you'll see, it's really not black.
Pours a deep golden copper colour, clear in the body with a very, very light weight to it—very surprising for something 7.2% ABV. Head forms a solid-ring of off-white. Not much lacing and almost no carbonation. It looks a bit dead.
Medicinal aromas on the nose: black cherry and aspirin with some spice characters coming through. It's also sweaty and organic, with some earth and bark notes providing an underbrush leaf-mould character.
Very light entry on the palate, only a hint of weak, slightly water malt extract. Middle has some additional flavours at least: chestnut and that earthiness coming through, but it's still very weak overall. Back is very light, dry and dead. The feel is weak.
I'll give it some credit: it's very drinkable if it's really 7.2% ABV—somehow I doubt that it's really that strong, though. This tastes more like a substandard English pale ale than any type of IPA, black, mid-1800s or otherwise.
07-08-2013 23:34:37 | More by lacqueredmouse
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours an amber colour, clear with off-white head consisting of large bubbles. Doesn't stick around for dessert. Am a bit disappointed.
Cereal grain on the nose, with a touch of peanut, caramel and an odd and unexpected banana twist. Light aroma, quite sweet. Don't love it.
More malty on the palate, richer with a bready touch. A hint of cardboard as well as some lemony, resinous hops, quite chewy. Big cedar wood character comes through on the back as well which is really very pleasant. A bit odd overall, with a very dry bitterness and woody finish. Not bad at all though, am pleasantly surprised.
Body is slightly thin, decent texture though. Nice enough.
Yeah, quite old school style. Woody, but dry and cleansing. Not a bad drop.
11-29-2013 04:42:06 | More by laituegonflable
The Merchant from Birbeck's Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.