5% alc./vol., 650 ml bottle
Trafalgar Ales and Meads – http://www.alesandmeads.com/
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Here’s another oxymoron, to be filed in my memory banks next to the dark white. How can a beer be black and pale at the same time? I suggest you give it the “Love Potion Number Nine” treatment: I held my nose, I closed my eyes…I took a drink. Yes, it has the hop character of a classic pale ale. Give it another look, and you see one seriously black beer. Maybe the “India” name makes you think of an IPA. Actual India ink was a black ink invented in China, basically black soot made from burning something and producing carbon. Mix this soot with water, and you get a black ink. Malt is produced from roasted grain, dried in a kiln to produce something pale or something dark. If you leave the grain in the kiln until carbon is produced, you get a black malt. There you go: this beer has more in common with India ink than just the name.