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Bête Noire | Bristol Beer Factory

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Bristol Beer Factory
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 12-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as the BBF Homebrew Champion 2012 - a Cascadian Black IPA with plenty of new world hops. Bottle conditioned.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears black unless held to the light. Yields a decent head of creamy tan foam that hangs around for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of bitter roasted malt with hoppy undertones. Notes of burnt grain, mild coffee and hints of pine, citrus, stewed hops and yeast. Pleasant but subdued.

Tastes of dark roasted malt with a subtle hoppy character and a strident bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, mild coffee, faint caramel/molasses, a hint of pine, stewed hops and earthy yeast. Dry and slightly spicy on the palate, with a whiff of booze in the background. A deep, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, prickly and tingly, with restrained carbonation and good body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter hops and dark malt, followed by an ashy flavour.

Not bad - goes down quite nicely. Not particularly hoppy; the hop aroma is quite faint in both smell and flavour. Perhaps I left it too long (particularly if it was dry-hopped)? It more closely resembles a dry stout in flavour, which I have no problem with. Misses the intended style, but a solid brew nonetheless. Worth trying if you see it - though I assume it was a one-off.

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Bête Noire from Bristol Beer Factory
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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