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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This big beer has a beautiful malt character to accompany the intense hop profile. Plus a hint of roast character.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerman6686 (4170) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
This poured a medium cloudy brown with a beige head. Aroma was soapy hops and cigarette ash. Flavor was ashy and soapy. Fairly offensive to the nose and mouth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, fruit, perfume, citrus, and pine. It pours a dark brown, but when held to the light, it;s an orangish-brown with some transparency. It has a one finger khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There is some very sporadic and thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of light fruit and chocolate. The chocolate builds into the finish and the fruit is quickly dominated by orange, orange peel, floral/ perfume flavors, pine, and roast. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, the fruitiness up front and the citrus/ pine/floral hops in the finish are strong enough that this is one of the few Black IPAís that lives up to the name...as opposed to just another hoppy Porter. With that said, on the hedonistic scale, I like some of the "hoppy Porter" versions of Black IPAís better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours black with a thin light tan head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, with some dark chocolate like notes. Taste is citrus, roasted coffee, chocolate, and pine.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fattybladdy (497) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2013
Draft. Dark brown in appearance with a white head. Tastes of bitter pine hops, roasted malt, chocolate. Very bitter in the finish, sticks with you for awhile. Solid brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (219) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a thin head that dissipates too quickly. Aroma led by coffee, other malt notes, and a touch of hops - pretty nice. The flavor starts out with fruit notes (mostly apple), which gives rise to malts (coffee, toasted notes), and the finish is driven by citrus and pine hops. Fairly light on the palate, while still complex. Not a typical black IPA, but pretty good - it manages to avoid being out of balance, which seems to be such a common black IPA pitfall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5941) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Backlogged rating: Black with frothy head. The aroma has notes of resin, grassy and catty hops. Charred and roasted malts with some yeasty esters. The taste has sharp hop profile, acidic with some cat urine and medicinal notes. Espresso coffee notes as well. Moderately carbonated with chalky and ashy finish. A solid offering.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
osu97gp (646) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, sugar and light pine. Flavor of roasted malt and coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (537) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours black with hint of brown around the edges, frothy off white head great lacing. Nice molasses and brown sugar some pine hops. Medium to light body, a bit watery, slight dryness coupled with bittering hops and licorice. Interesting, could use more hops, but quality.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4701) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle. Nose quite hoppy, of the piney-resinous sort, with strong caramel and a hint of spice; with eyes closed, this is a strong IPA. Deep brown-black pour with a short light-brown head. Taste dry on the level sugar content but benefits from some balancing sweetness from the hop oils, medium bitterness thatís blunted by the sweetness and caramel. Malt character is too straight here, but in concert with the hops itís actually contributing something nice. Hops are much stronger, especially when the pine/resin dominate the finish. Fullish body with some crispness but only mild alcohol (more like 6% abv), so bravo. Not getting much roast or astringency or even a hint of burnt or black malt, just a little bit residually toward the end.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkbachman (179) - - JAN 29, 2013
Grapefruit, roasted coffee, and lemon aromas. Heavy roasted character when tasting but features a strong hop flavor profile is present. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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