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Against the Grain Project MJ-23

Against the Grain Project MJ-23
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
I said I’d never do it, I said it would never happen, but sometimes you even have to break your own rules. Yes, this is an Against the Grain Black IPA. During the great black IPA rush of 2007 many a brewer dumped some black malt into their IPAs and thought they really did something special. Well the fervor has died down enough now that I feel cumfartable making this “Black IPA.” Brewed with pale, wheat and vienna malts, we then stir in 80# of kilned black barley at the last possible moment of the mash to extract color while limiting dark malt flavor. We then add 23# of American hops at various intervals during and after the boil. The result is a nice balance between some subtle roasty flavors and the citrusy and piney hop flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16850) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at the Cask, Pimlico - 30/11/12. Mid black with a decent tan head that retains well. Good lacing follows. Nose is slightly muted but carries malts, pine, hops, sweet dark sugars, marshmellow. Tastes of dark toffee, dark sugars, lite pine, touch of smoke, hops, mineral tones. Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter sweet finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
25th September 2012
Craft. Opaque black - brown beer, pale tan head. Palate is smooth and light. Minerals and fine carbonation. Super mild lactose in the mellow dark malt. Mild pine hops. The carbonation starts to bite. Trace of red berry fruits and a whisper of coffee. Finishes crisp. Nice Black IPA - good cream and cream vibe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2012

Draught @ The Bishops Arms, Ny Ostergade 14, Copenhagen, Denmark 1101.

Clear light dark red brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, moderate hoppy, grapefruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, dark chocolate malt, bitter chocolate malt, hop bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120523]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (6446) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2012
This pours a very dark brown colour with a huge beige head. Long lasting foam. Aroma is sweet malts and caramel. Light hoppy notes. Taste is well balanced with light roastiness, some piney hops and malts. Body is quite full with a silky sensation. Overall, this lacks character, both from the hops and the roasted malts side. Really nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2012
Pours dark brown with a dense beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, citrus and peach. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, citrus, grapefruit and peach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12865) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2012
On tap at Christian Firtal. Black with a firm and lasting, creamy off-white head. Dark chocolate, toffee and licorice in the nose, with a touch of pine hops. Chocolate and licorice flavour with a salty touch, some pine notes, and a nice and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15536) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2012
Tap C4 , Odense. Pours black with a creamy head and lacings. Nose is roast and pine. Salty and ashy roast. Bitter roasted finish with hoppy notes Which just brings bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
Draught at Bishops Arms. Dark brown coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity and light roasted aroma of caramel, dried fruits and licorice. Fruity and light roasted flavour of caramel, licorice and dark chocolate. Light roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
From tap at Bishops Arms. Pours hazy dark brown to black witha small tan head. Aroma is fruity hoppy, toasted dark malty and light liqourice. Bitter, mild fruity and toasted malty. Bitter and bone dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34308) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2012
Draft. A dark brown beer with a lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, and dried fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and dried fruits, leading to a bitter finish.

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