Thornbridge Raven in the Marble Arch, Manchester. This 6.6% brew boldly states on the pumpclip that it is a “Black IPA”. A statement that raised a few eyebrows and no little interest. Apparently, they start with Maris Otter, Munich, black and chocolate malt. And then chuck in Nelson Sauvin, Centennial and Sorachi hops, before dry hopping with Chinook and Aramillo
If they had managed to successfully weld such an impressive list of ingredients, they would truly have produced a stunning beer. But they hadn’t. Well not on this showing, anyway. These multi-malt brews often underwhelm and adding all those hops just appeared a waste. Someone’s idea of home brew Guinness is the closest approximation I’d hazard.
Runner up was Marble’s Brew 14, but only at the Marble Arch-it was fine in Chorlton.