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RATINGS: 766   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Back in Black is our newest year-round beer available now in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2010
12 oz can
Purchased as a single for a nominal markup I almost wish I had picked up the four pack instead. This was a solidly made black IPA despite some skepticism when I saw where it was actually brewed. This is at least one positive thing to come from Cold Springs, MN (at least for the Ohio market).

Aroma / Appearance - Ebony black and murky the body lets through only a trace amount of background light. However unlike a porter or imperial stout it doesn’t have an oily texture. Fluid and nimble it dances around the glass like a ballerina on stage. Warm resin, pine cones, and partially melted marshmallows give this a nice depth. Only mildly alcoholic it has a welcome balance.

Flavor / Palate - A hoppy and carbonated blend of 7Up and Coke the fluid mouthfeel is delicate on the tongue. Ashy flakes sit in the throat with a warm bubbly finish. Falling just short of expectations set by the pour it is mostly in the ballpark. Were it a bit cheaper I would probably buy it again soon. Instead I’ll wait to drink through more of the cellar before giving this a revisit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Shared can thinks to Guardyloo. Pours ruby black brown, off white head. Aroma is malty, tangy, and grassy. Flavor is grassy bitter, malty, and roasted. Not very complex and I detect more if the alcohol than I’d care too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Pours a deep, opaque black/ruby color. Nice light brown/tan head on top. Huge pillowy head with an outstanding retention rate, obviously great lacing. Nice hoppy aroma, light resin with some hints of grapefruit. Wonderful roasted malt aroma. Flavor is dead on, but seems to be a bit thin. Very drinkable but the brew is lacking some body.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jdskinns (194) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Can. Dark brown pour with little white head. Aroma is slight citrus hops and roasted malts. Taste is pretty average, mostly roasted malt with some hops. Nothing overwhelmingly interesting going on.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
12oz can. Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of pine, roasty, toasty, and chocolate. Tastes of pine, chocolate, and caramel. Tastes a tad on the thin side.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
tap - dark brown pour, citrusy hops. dark roasted caramel malts. touch of piney bitterness. As far as black IPAs go... this one is fairly nondescript.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2010
9/10/10. 12oz can - thanks, Matt! Black pour, more brown/dark amber when held to the light, with a big fluffy khaki head that lasts and laces a ton. The aroma is fresh citrus hops with a spicy kick and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is more on the porter side with chocolates, a hint of sour, and a dash of metal. A little disappointing compared to the aroma, but not bad!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2010
12oz Can poured almost black. Smells of licorice, hopps, dark malts and a little chocolate. Very Suprising not smokey or toasty at all and not too dark. Very balanced for a dark beer. Great full body with a tan frothy head. Great Beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
On pour this is a dark brown beer with a light khaki color on head and a decent initial lace that cleaned up as time passed. As soon as you crack the can there is noticeable hop aromas but once in the glass there is a more malt, roasted notes, sweet honey, and a hint of caramel. This is a balanced, mouth coating beer that has plenty of upfront malt flavors and a faded hop for balance. This finish is of melted butter consistency.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Tropical fruit and roasted malts develop plenty of aroma and flavor but unfortunately clash in this Black IPA’s beautifully soft mouthfeel, creating tart grape juice impressions.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-rimmed darkness.
-Although well develepod, the citrusy hop bill (+ lychees, mangos, etc.) is not really harmonious with the roastiness, imho.
-The finish of roasted malt bitterness and hoppy resins is well balanced, but somewhat bothered by those grape juice allusions.
-I prefer their regular IPA (with a very similar hop profile) by far.

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