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Buxton Imperial Black

Rating: 4.3

This one is the second of the two beers that I tried when visiting the Harrild and Sons pub in The City area of London on my recent visit, the other being the recently reviewed bottle of Orbit Ivo that I quite enjoyed. Surprisingly this one was only my third beer from the Buxton brewery despite the fact I notice there beers in local bottle shops on a fairly regular basis, it follows on from their Ace Edge and Far Skyline bottles that I reviewed here last year with the Ace Edge going down well and the Far Skyline proving quite disappointing. I opted for this particular bottle in Harrild and Sons from the numerous they had available as it was one of the few I spotted that I’d been looking to try, the reason for this is that I recently found out it is one of several beers that have been added to the updated 1001 beers list in the latest edition of the book and since I couldn’t see any new beers from the list I’m working off I decided to give this one a try. Thankfully the beer did not disappoint and is definitely the best of the three from the brewery that I’ve tried’ there’s not much better than a really well done black IPA.

Buxton Imperial Black

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a really dark and deep brown that boarders on black, this one is topped with a one centimetre tall head that is a light tan colour and quite creamy. Retention is good with no movement over the opening few minutes and the body is an opaque one too.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a juicy beer on the nose and refreshing too with a lot of tropical fruits coming through early on alongside a pine hop aroma and some citrus. There is a lot of grapefruit and mango that hits you at the start with some orange, pineapple and a few other background fruits as well. I started to get a few darker malts after that with touches of caramel and a light bitterness as well.
Taste (8/10): The taste follows on well from the nose with a great tropical fruits and pine hop start that is quickly followed up with some grapefruit and a lot of bitterness. There is again some mango coming through with apricot and orange backing it up as well as a few caramel malts and darker, roasted flavours. There is a touch of citrus towards the end with some faint coffee seeing things out.
Palate (5/5): The palate was what really set this beer apart, it was beautifully smooth and had a lot of bitterness throughout without ever threatening to overpower. There was light-medium carbonation and a medium body that was creamy in parts and very easy to drink. It was refreshing and well-balanced with a nice lingering bitter finish; great stuff from Buxton.

Overall (18/20): This one was a really excellent black IPA, quite possibly one of the best that I’ve tried of the style to date (I’m not 100% sure but it is certainly up there anyway). Juicy, flavoursome and really refreshing to drink, this one was an excellent tasting beer that went down in no time at all. After finishing the majority of the bottle I realised the beer had been bottles just over one year ago but this definitely didn’t seem to have a negative impact on the taste, the beer was superb and it’s one I’ll be hoping to pick up again now.

Brewed In: Buxton, Derbyshire, England
Brewery: Buxton Brewery
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Black IPA
Abv: 7.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Harrild and Sons (London)
Price: £5.50

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  1. January 30, 2017 at 08:09

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