S.Y.C. Brewing Co. Late Night Talking – Black IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$5.25 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 15-Nov-2022, acquired 29-Dec-2022, reviewed 10-Jan-2023)
Appearance: clear deep cola brown with two fat fingers of rocky light beige head, good retention and well-defined soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, pine, dark roasty malts, coffee, light cattiness. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter lightly astringent finish. (3/5)
Not bad, but not without a couple of minor defects: there’s little cattiness in the aroma (not always a flaw, but in this style I think it is) and it’s a little astringent in the finish. Neither issue is huge, but they do detract slightly from the overall experience. (15/20)
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