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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1051) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JUL 15, 2014
Rating #1044 - March 27, 2014 - @avbc tap takeover @revolutionYEG. Pours a sinful black, with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is a violent clash between toasted malt, and floral/earthy hops. Taste is extremely hoppy, tempered with a pleasant coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar sweetness that disguises the higher abv quite well. Very tasty.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - OCT 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-18-14- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a very deep brown color with a thick one finger head of a tan color. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a moderate level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather light but is heaviest of a sweeter chocolate aroma mixed with some roasted malt and a moderately potent pine hop smell. Other sweet aromas of caramel as well as a bit of a grassy and herbal smell. Taste – The taste begins a sweet caramel and chocolate flavor mixed with a light roasted malt taste. Along with these flavors are some very light pine hop tastes. The pine grows slightly stronger as the taste advances with it being joined by some other hop flavors of a grassy and earthy nature. Overall the hop flavors remain on the lighter side with the sweet roasted malt and chocolate flavors remaining stronger overall. A tiny bit of a grapefruit flavor as well as an increase in the sweeter flavors of the brew come at the very end, leaving a sweet chocolaty and more lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are nice for the dark and sweeter flavors of the brew all the while still allowing the lighter hop flavors to be well represented. Overall – A little on the sweeter side for a black IPA in my opinion, but overall very drinkable. A little more hop and a little less sweetness would have won me over a bit more, but overall it is one to at least give a try to if you get the opportunity

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2337) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Draft at Lazg Dog. Pours dark copper browns with a thick, creamy beige head. Tastes like bitter hops, coffee beans, burnt toast, dry grapefruit. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet cocoa and bitter coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3691) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Tap at lazy dog. Pours dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts, faint vanilla, light earthy notes, faint fig, and faint raisins. Flavor is dry, roast malts, light chocolate, light earthy bitterness, faint coffee, and faint dark fruit notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3874) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2014
growler in mt pleasant south carolina, This was surprisingly delicious, big roasty ashy body, moderate sweetness and bold hop finish, great black ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8016) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft at Whole Foods. Hazy brownish black pour with tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt and hops, with some cacao, spruce, and hops in the finish.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4173) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Had this draft beer during the 7/4 beer tour 2014 at Hollywood Gardens/Brixton. Nice looking dark beer. Smell is dull b/o of your favorite mate. Yes, dark attributes carry over to the flavors. Definitely has lots of IPA for a backbone. Yes, typical big dull medical black ipa finish. Lasts & lasts well after the session.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (870) - New York City, TURKEY - MAY 29, 2014
Drought. Dark brown with tan spongy head, caramel-roasted malt aroma, low carbonation, caramel-nuts taste, thon body, longish finish with bitter aftertaste. Interesting but not special.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (1821) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Tap at Heneins. Very dark brown with tan head and lace. Fresh green dank aroma. Roasted coffee and mild fruity sweetness with fresh hoppy piney herbal dry finish, medium light. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1484) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2014
On tap at Busy Bee, Raleigh, NC. Dark brown, almost black, pour with a dense khaki head. Aroma of roses and wet grass. Taste is of light citrus peel, pine, and rich cocoa. Finish is clean with not too much hop bitterness or bitterness from the roasted malt. An above average black IPA.


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