Proper Black

Brewery: St Austell Brewery, Cornwall, UK

ABV: 6.0%

Bottle Size: 500ml


Chocolate, coffee with a citrus Undertone.


As the name suggests black with a medium beige foam head.


Roasted hops, with a chocolate blend.

Final Verdict:

I have been torn on St Austell brewery beers in the past, but proper black was one I enjoyed.

The name says it all, when poured out this beer looks proper black, but held up to the light it is a very dark burgundy, the roasted hop smell is a delight to the nostrils.

This is one of the smoothest beers I have had from St Austell, and due to the slight hints of citrus and chocolate with a decent coffee flavour backing them up, this is one of the better ones.

Proper black seemed a little confusing to me, is it an Ale? Is it a Stout? Honestly is doesn’t matter. It’s an enjoyable drink and that what counts.

I feel this could be a nice beer for a night at the pub with your mates, although due to the 6% ABV your head might not agree in the morning.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Available From:

Tesco or St Austell website

For more information:

St Austell Brewery, Cornwall, UK website

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