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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
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Deep and dark as a starless night, this beer is dominated by a pronounced hop aroma of pine and spruce, with subdued notes of fresh cut wood and special herbs. The flavor is characterized by a clean hop taste with a subtle dry roasted malt touch in the background. Draft only.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
16 ounce sample on tap at Woodstock’s Pizza in Davis, CA. Aroma is roasted with mild sweet chocolate hints. Not much hoppiness in the nose, though. Pretty weak on the hops, with a light pineiness present. Moderately transparent dark mahogany body present with a relatively small light tan head. Decent lacing. Starts roasty, chocolatey, and a bit sweet. mostly malty with some piney hop flavors present in the end. A little burnt. This has a decent hoppiness, but the choco-roastiness outduels it. Wish this were more balanced and closer to a black IPA. This seems more like a hoppy porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Served on tap at Dublin’s Sports Pub. The appearance is a deep brown black without much head. The aromas are lightly roasty and hoppy. A fairly muted nose. The flavors are the same. Very tame roasted malts and a light kiss of citrus hops. Nothing special here but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2011
On tap at Frisco Grille (Columbia, MD): Pours a mostly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a small ring of light tan head. Has a fresh piny hop nose with a touch of lightly roasted malts. Starts with good fullness and a light malty sweetness with some crisp resiny hop flavor and the slightest hint of soapy hops before a drier finish with some light lingering roastiness. Pretty true to style and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2011
On tap at The Federal, Durham. Very substantial pour, with a deep inky body and a lively, fluffy head. Nose smelled a bit more floral than some black IPAs, which often trend towards the sharper end of the hop spectrum, although the dry notes are certainly there to taste. Moderate stickiness in the body, carbonation understated but certainly there. Pine and bitter chocolate complement the orange zest flavors, with mild malts, some roasts, a faint hint of pepper in the finish. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2184) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2011
On tap at Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian, ID Deep nearly opaque dark brown black, with a modest but dense creamy dark tan head. Lots of up front resh hop aroma that overpowers the roast. Like I think it should. Flavors are again mainly hops. Plenty bitter but lots of late hop flavor. The coffee and roast are here a bit more, but still second fiddle to the true nature of what a west coast IPA should be. Bold bitter and hoppy but definitely "black"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (7863) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Well I wasn’t expecting much but damn this was good. The pour is clear blood ruby with a healthy, tan head that has good retention and leaves rings of tan lace. Aroma is grapefruit, Yakima valley fresh hop forward with additions of dark chocolate, vanilla, and pecan pie in the nose. Taste is dry and full: massive 90+ IBU bitterness wrecks your palate while big roast and bitter 75% cacao chocolate add nothing but more complete bitterness. As it warms and opens up, some nice vanilla ice cream comes in for sweet balance. No olive or brine character. Somehow the palate is a bit lactic, coating, and full never going dry or chalky. Probably my favorite Black IPA thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2010
On draft at CAH downtown. Dark brown pour with chestnut highlights and fair creamy tan head. Nose is sweet fresh green piney pellet hops. flavor brings the nutty malt underpinnings. Extremely bitter lingering finish. This is a hoppy nut brown ale for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
On tap at Churchkey in DC. Pours dark brown with a one-finger light tan head an pretty good lacing. The aroma is rather hoppy, mostly of the piney form, with riasted malt poking through. Pretty good IBA flavor - a little more paler malt, caramel and such, than I like. Piney hop punch is substantial but not too assertive. Medium-bodied with a mildly resinous mouthfeel and average carbonation. A solid black IPA, but nowhere near some of the elite in the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2010
In general, I’m very much in favor of black IPAs, I think they’re very creative. This one, though, is a bit too conservative, and although it has decent pine in the aroma and flavor, it’s malt characteristics are too understated for it to be memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Draft. Medium tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, roast. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, grapefruit, some caramel, pine. Soft light-medium body, some acidity.

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