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St. Austell Proper BlackSt. Austell Proper Black

Brewed by:
St. Austell Brewery
United Kingdom (England)

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bylerteck on 05-13-2011

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 15
Reviews by admiral:
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of June 2012. Picked up cheap from Trembling Madness in York a while back, as it was short-dated. A bottle-conditioned black IPA from Cornwall; interesting....

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Black as night; appears as a deep reddish-brown when held to the light. Produces a massive head of creamy light brown foam with excellent retention - it lasts for a good half-hour or more while slowly subsiding to a thick surface layer. Lovely lacing; this brew is definitely a looker. Aroma of dark roasted malt with notes of citrus, mild coffee, burnt grain, faint pine, dry yeast and a whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of roasted malt with an aromatic hop character and a bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, citrus, mild pine resin, earthy yeast, faint caramel and stewed hops. Pretty dry. A strident, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and tingly, though a tad insubstantial for it's strength. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter malt/hops, with a subtle hop aroma.

Tasty stuff - defied my expectations. It looked superb. A decent roasted malt and aromatic hop character made for a solid blend of aroma/flavour. The hops were perhaps a little faded due to age, but still made themselves felt. The only minor let-down was the slightly thin body, but I'm splitting hairs. A quality black IPA - well worth sampling.

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Photo of PatrickCairns
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Half pint, hand pulled at a Wetherspoons in London during their Autumn Beer Festival, which it was brewed especially for (I believe). The pump clip said 5% ABV.

A Black IPA; or American Black Ale (on BA), looks like a stout but has four different hop varieties in the brew: Brewer’s Gold, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook. This ensures the smell isn’t stout like, even if it looks like one, the taste also isn’t stout or porter-ish either.

The taste a weird blended concoction of citrusy bitter hops and mild dark chocolate and coffee flavours: didn’t take to it. The body depth, smell and taste just didn’t fit what my eyes and mouth expected. If you don’t know what I mean try this: make some custard and add some flavourless green colouring, no matter how you try, the custard just doesn’t taste like custard anymore.

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Photo of vinicole
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As labelled - "proper black". Thin tan head.
Hoppy aroma with chocolate malt.
Instant coffee flavour overwhelms the hops. Burnt toast astringency.
All a bit confusing but nevertheless quite tasty.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Pours a jet black body with plentiful off white head
Aroma is floral detergent powder and mango
Flavour is mango jam on burned toast
Nice enough but needs mores hops to take it from floral stout to proper cascadian black ale IMHO

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Photo of Niklas
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Euroglot
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmaggot
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black with garnet highlight and a cratered, clingy violet-tinged sepia
head that crusts from the start and leaves intricate webbing - this would
be a great looking stout.
Great juxtaposition of fresh orange zest and hot tar on the nose.
Oily coffee, some biscuit, and marmalade followed by bright tangerine hops.
Lemon Fruit Pastille end and drying roasty linger. Medium, some cling,
crisp, some oil.

exp 14 June 2012. Brewer's Gold, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and roasted malt.

One of the darkest BIPAs I've seen. I let this one go a bit too long, so I
don't know what that did for the hops. (Then again, why the clear glass for
an IPA?) At any rate, still plenty of Centennial citrus with measured roast.
A restrained yet American take on the style, not too bitter from roast or
hops and very drinkable, from a brewer who guested at Bridgeport.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at The Rake in London. From notes.

A - Poured a straight black colour with a creamy two finger beige head. No visible carbonation. Spectacular rings of creamy lacing down the sides and a good film of retention.

S - Picked out the Black IPA character of this quickly. Roasty and hoppy. Leans more to the hoppy end of the scale with good fruit and specifically grapefruit while retaining that roasted element.

T - More roasted notes but no hop character in the flavour somehow. All roasted notes with a little chocolate too. Very odd and a bit of a letdown.

M - Mild carbonation with a medium body and sweet finish. No bitternes.

O/D - Doesn't have the hop flavour it needs. It's all aroma. Not a bad beer overall just a simple stout masquerading at a Black IPA. Needs some tinkering.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black, darker than some stouts. Just a little brown around the edges when held to light. Solid tan head with decent retention and moderate lacing.

S- Some piney, resiny hops with a weird twinge of metal behind it? Maybe there is a little oxidation?

T- Smooth malt flavors with a little chocolate that has a solid hop bite to it. Mostly pine, but there is a hint of citrus as well. Not balanced poorly, but not perfect.

M- Awesome mouthfeel for the style. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Not a bad Black IPA. Could be better, but not a bad beer by any stretch.

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Photo of MrDell
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Mitch84
4/5  rDev +11.4%

St. Austell Proper Black from St. Austell Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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