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Another old one from my notes.  Great Lakes Brewery Black Donnely, Black IPA 6.5% On cask at barVolo.  Sorry no photo as I was too busy enjoying this beer.

The beer had a deep brown head with a melon and citrus nose.  The flavour had lots of roast but also nice hits of melon and grapefruit.  There was a lovely and lingering pine aftertaste.  What a great beer!


Black IPA? Cascadian Dark Ale?

While in London I always try to get out to Chancey Smith’s as they have an awesome selection of bottled beer and some very nice beers on tap and Milos is always fun to chat with.

My Dad and my buddies Andy and Paul joined me for a few pints on a Saturday afternoon.  I was happy to see Netherworld was on tap since it would make for an easy choice.  Netherworld is an interesting beer as it is a new style of beer that has hit the scene in the last couple of years.  It does not really have an official name yet but I have read that it has been submitted to the BJCP for inclusion as an official style of beer.  I will let someone else give a detailed description of the style here but to give you a simple example it is a cross between a Porter and a hoppy IPA.  Sounds like heaven to me!

About the Beer – It poured a dark brown/black colour with a  nice mocha head (it looks like a porter).  The aroma was of roasted coffee and chocolate mixed with citrus and pine.  The flavor is out of this world.  Lots of malt up front which is then taken over by the citrus hops and finishing with some piney bitterness.  Very creamy and smooth on the palate.

Would I Drink it Again? – For sure,  this is a super good beer or as my buddy Chris would say “Epic”!  It has just recently hit the LCBO shelves in bottles as well!

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