Brewdog: CAP: Cap Dog (Scotland: BIPA: 9% ABV)
Visual: Black, with very dark red hints if held to the light. Inch of charcoal dashed brown frothy head.
Nose: Ash. Bitterness and hops. Smoked dried beef and peppercorn. Light kumquat touch.
Body: Good bitterness. Smoked bacon. Peppercorn sauce. Treacle into chocolate syrup. Sour cream twist and chives.
Finish: Peppercorn sauce. Steak. Bitter malt chocolate. Ice cream chocolate syrup. Digestives
Conclusion: You know, I was beginning to get disillusioned with Black IPAs. Ok, that is a lie, or at least disillusioned is the wrong word. Maybe more I was getting worn out by them. While they were generally high quality, the range of takes you got seemed very small compared to IPAs. So many did such similar hop kicks, possibly because fewer hops worked well against the darker malt.
This then, is interesting – the hop bitterness is there, with that prickly…
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