Battle Horse
Buxton Brewery

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Style:
American Black Ale
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 4.77%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
20
From:
Buxton Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  3
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 20
Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Buxton's Battle Horse shows that Black IPAs still are relevent as a beer geek drink. It has the characteristics of both a imperial sweet stout and a juicy bitter ale. The balance between the roastiness, the sweetness, the citrusiness (I'm not sure that's a word, nevermind), and the piney bitterness. Chocolate notes are present too. A nice dessert black IPA, cascadian dark ale or whatever you call it

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finger of taupe over chocolate-tan. 3.75
Big greasy, herbal green hop nose. 4
Plum, fig, sweet licorice, slight ash, a thread of dark caramel, then dank, orange rind, and resin hops. 4
Oily lemon essence and humming minty linger.
Medium, fizzy, some chew. 4.25

Deep nose though with no roast, and a bit pale - hinting at IPA-with-coloring. Yet this plays with some real stouty notes on top of the hops. But sneaky smooth - no hint of heat - and gets creamier as it goes. Velvet hammer. 4

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with tan head. Smells like a sweet beer with a lot of maltiness and juicy citrus fruits. As expected, the taste starts sweet with fruity notes and gets bitter and roasty in the finish. Body is medium-heavy and alcohol is pretty well hidden. Overall it's a good black IPA but not really my favorite approach of the style.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a lovely dark ale
A double black IPA
all things come full circle
a certain silkiness above the cement, this is solid stufff

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Photo of dcmchew
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost black, a mix of dark brown and some red notes, with a small off-white frothy head, for just a while.
A really strong smell, a blend of chocolate, orange and pineapple, some deep roasted malts, touch of salt, burnt sugar, peach jam, hint of smoked grain, even some faint coffee. Not just a simple black IPA, i bet.
Malts have the front, rich and roasted, really salty, with rich melted dark chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt dough and some toffee. In fewer words, salted chocolate cake. Hops show up with some citrus peel, with some hints of peach and tropical fruit smothered by the rich chocolatey and caramel malts. Finishes almost completely burnt, but still sweet, with some spruce and pine stuck in there, for some extra bitterness.
Aftertaste has ash-burnt malts, strong dark chocolate, some coffee, bitter leafy hops, a bit of citrus peel, and all succumbs pretty soon to a dry, poor, dusty feel that begs for a new sip. A touch of alcohol in there too, not the most stealthy. Medium to heavy body, low to medium carbonation, chewy, "nutritious".
A thick, intense, gloopy beer, with oh so awesome flavors, especially the roast (one the best i've ever had, in that department. A perfect 100th beer milestone for Buxton.

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Battle Horse from Buxton Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 20 ratings