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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Massive in every way, B-Craft delivers a complex bundle of flavors with citrus-hop aroma. Moving beyond the massive hop aroma, rich roasted malt flavors of coffee and chocolate move forward only to be checked by an impressive hop bitterness. Texture and flavor dance together so seamlessly that you may need to remind yourself that, while it drinks like a session, it delivers like an assassin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle. Served in a cervoise. Pours near black with a thin off-white head. Nose has some odd fruitiness. Not a big fan. Some roast and hops. Flavor is fruit with some earth and pine. Medium body. A bit bitter. Odd fruit. Didn't like it much. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, roasted malts, vanilla and a little licorice. Very interesting and good. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. Small mostly diminishing tan head that left some lace. Flavor is medium sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied and average. Overall a very good brew that really surprised me. I can’t get enough of that aroma. Great stuff! Well done Arcadia!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2012
12 oz bottle: Aromas got a big floral grapefruit hop note, smells wonderful. Appearance is a dark brownish/black with a thick tan head that lingers around for a while. Taste has got that big hop presence with a very minimal, almost nonexistent malt character. Palate is very lively on the tongue with a lingering resin hop aftertaste. Overall, This is dang good stuff in my honest opinion. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ccex (1191) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2012
12 oz. bottle pours an opaque black with substantial lingering tan head and good lacing. Smells like an IIPA with lots of cirtrus and piney hops. However, there are lots of roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate and bread in the flavor. Taste is slightly bitter, with a long dry finish. Medium to full body with good carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. I’ve tried quite a few black IPAs lately, and was pleasantly surprised to discover how good yet this humble looking beer is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SBMRL (2) - Livonia, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2012 does not count
A- lots citrus, floral, a little booze. App- black with brownish red edging head is off white. Taste- wow hops shine bright. Little bit of roasty chocolate notes citrus is very present. Pal- med/heavy. Solid carbonation Overall- awesome beer hops dominate but there’s still a touch of roastyness the aroma is great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4669) - Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 4/24/2012. Pours almost pitch black dark brown color with a nice 2 finger tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big pine, grapefruit, orange rind, toast, roasted malt, herbal, earth, and light chocolate. Great aromas with big fresh hoppiness; and nice balance. Taste of big grapefruit, orange rind, pine, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, herbal, and earthy hops. Moderate citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange rind, pine, chocolate, roasted malt, and herbal on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of hop flavors with the roasted malt. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a fantastic black IPA! Great hop and roasted malt flavor balance, and very smooth for 8.5%. Amazing stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2012
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Passionfruit and lemongrass hop resin aroma, strong and perfumed. Flavors quickly develop robust dark malt layered with more tropical and coniferous pine flavors. This is really smooth, integrated and rich. I hate to say, but with Arcadia, I expected the possibility of something akimbo, but this has a piquant flavor profile, a smooth clean body, and does a nice job amping up the Black IPA characters without getting out of balance. Love the hopwork.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ColovianTrader (464) - - MAY 18, 2012
Strong citrus peel flavor, followed by heavy citrus hops, and a unique twist of cocoa and coffee. Hints of toasted grains and toffee. Great feel and surprisingly easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8108) - Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks fine; black with lacing. Smells Solid; hoppy and malty. Tastes good; balanced with a nice mouthfeel. I wouldn’t call it a DIPA, but it’s good either way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3713) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying a darkest brown/mahogany hue, with tan, bubbles & cream head foam that morphed into a moussy layer, and left some clingy, wavey spray on the glass. The aroma was very unusual, and seemed to present a different note each time I elevated the glass to my nose. In no specific order, there was some roastiness, molasses, dark caramel, melon, prune, licorice, resin, and a slight chemical hint much like asphaltum. The flavor presented some tartness, vinous and tannin notes, and an earthy, very lingering, almost out of control hop bitterness that was somewhat harsh on the palate. The carbonation was soft, the body was better than medium, and the finish was decidedly bitter and dry. I had to sit with this one for awhile to contemplate the complexity, and although it started to grow on me, I wasn’t totally sold on the outcome.

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