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Northern Monk Eternal Darkness

Rating: 3.6

The first of two beers from Leeds based Northern Monk Brew Co. that I managed to try on my recent visit to Manchester now and both of them happen to be keg offerings that I sampled at the Piccadilly Tap bar near the station of the same name in the city centre. I initially went for this one after spotting it as one of around seventeen craft offerings the bar had on-tap during my visit since it was the only black IPA they had and I wasn’t sure of ever trying one on-tap previously but I could be wrong. Coincidentally the beer will be quickly followed by the second beer from the brewery that I tried, their Eternal Session IPA which was the original version of this beer. This one though, their Eternal Darkness, is a pretty new offering that only appears to have been released last month as a limited release so I’m doubly pleased to have managed to try it and be able to compare it with its sister beer so to speak.

Northern Monk Eternal Darkness

Appearance (4/5): This one poured a really dark, chestnut-brown colour that bordered on black and was topped by a half centimetre tall, foamy head that was a light tan colour and held quite well over the opening few minutes, leaving some nice lacing down the sides of the glass as well.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a strong nose kicked this one-off, with plenty of chocolate and darker, roasted malts featuring in the early going alongside some caramel sweetness and a touch of brown sugar. It was definitely darker than expected with more emphasis on the malts than there was on the hops but some fresh notes and citrus aromas did come through. Towards the end there was some pine and grapefruit along with the odd tropical fruit but the roasted notes came out strongest.
Taste (7/10): Matching the nose well, the taste is again quite dark with plenty of roasted malts and earthy flavours in the early going before the chocolate and touches of caramel sweetness made their first appearance with the taste. There was a few bitter hops and citrus showing a little earlier here though and I got a few touches of brown sugar again which helped boost the sweetness before some pine and tropical fruits rounded things off at the end.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body but a lot darker than I’d anticipated when ordering this one, this one was a crisp and dry offering with some nice sugars and background fruits to add a little sweetness. Quite earthy a to start but with a solid bitterness throughout, things balanced out better towards the middle of the beer and it was quite easy to drink with a lingering bitter aftertaste too.

Overall (14/20): This one was an okay first offering from Northern Monk with plenty of bitterness throughout but it was certainly a lot darker on the palate than I’d been expected and it seemed a lot more earthy too with plenty roasted malts at the expense of some of the hop presence. It was an enjoyable offering with some nice caramel sweetness and plenty going one but it wasn’t quite what I’d expected and it’s probably not one I’d go back to in future.

Brewed In: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Brewery: Northern Monk Brew Co.
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Black IPA
Abv: 4.1%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Piccadilly Tap, Manchester, England
Price: £4.20

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