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Alechemy Onyx

Rating: 3.7

Another beer from the Alechemy brewery now, my second in quick succession after their Utopia American IPA from earlier in the month but this one is still only my third from the brewery, hopefully I’ll be able to pick up a few more soon though. This one is a rarely visited for me black IPA and it is a style that I quite enjoy despite not being able to try all that often as they aren’t the easiest to come by in Glasgow it seems. Again I picked this bottle up in Good Spirits Co recently and thought it best to drink it fresh so here goes.

Alechemy Onyx

Appearance (4/5): Pours a dark brown with ruby tinges and a thumb-sized, foamy to creamy looking head that holds well initially but it was an aggressive pour that achieved it. There is a slightly bigger build up around the sides and it is a beige colour with some lacing stuck to the glass as well.
Aroma (7/10): Some medium strength hops and bitterness initially, there is the odd pine note as well as some grassy notes and resin. The beer seems fruity with hints of grapefruit and perhaps some citrus too but there is a malty aspect to it as well with some sweetness imparted  on the nose as well. I could detect some caramel, toasted malts and brunt notes along with some barely that made the beer seem reminiscent of a stout at times but the bitterness and hops made sure this was only a brief after thought.
Taste (7/10): Starting with some pine hops and citrus flavours, these mirrors the nose but seems a little less pronounced with some bitterness coming through as well. The roasted malts and darker flavours take more of a front seat here with some chocolate and barely making themselves known. You could still detect the hops throughout but they weren’t as strong as I’d been expecting but some fruity flavours did appear towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and almost creamy on the palate with a hop bitterness staying with you throughout and paired with quite light carbonation levels. The beer was highly drinkable and had a nice crisp and dry feel to it at the end to boot, with the bitterness lingering as well.

Overall (14/20): My third Alechemy beer and sadly this one was the worst of the three but it’s certainly not a bad or disappointing beer, it’s just that the previous two were so good. This one is an enjoyable black IPA if taken on its own merits and it goes down well with a nice hoppy flavour throughout, I just felt that the darker malts and roasted flavours were a touch too strong but it’s still a very nice beer.

Brewed In: Livingston, Scotland
Brewery: Alechemy Brewing
First Brewed: 201
Type: Black IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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  1. June 4, 2015 at 08:20

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