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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
A pleasant surprise! The aroma is well balanced. You can tell that the hops are there in force but the milk chocolate and coffee in the nose keep you grounded. Likewise, the flavor is quite well balanced and extremely complex for an IPA. Much controversy over Black IPAs, but this one does it right.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (3336) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Total Wine, Delaware 12oz: Pours murky brown with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, hints of chocolate, and a hop. Basically, I didn’t get that much hop aroma, nor did I get much bitterness in the taste. I got instead a sort of bland, strong brown ale with this one. I don’t think the bottle was too old as Total Wine has generally good turnover. I mean it wasn’t bad, but I would barely call this a Black IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
commonmac (292) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2014 Tap in snifter glass at Clark Street Ale House. Cask pour. Deep black with frothy, yet understated head. Aroma is coffee like with heavy roasted malts. Flavor also leans that direction with bitterness at the front and mild sweetness in the middle. Aftertaste reminiscent of coffee but more enjoyable than drinking that swill. I think it would be better as a traditional pour than a cask. Worthy of another sample.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3310) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle; dark brown in color with a light brown head. Aroma was good with with roasted malt, fruit, earth, pine, flowers, and sweetness. Fairly balanced brew and easy to drink. Roasted, slight sweetness, earthy and piney.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
salvaticas (432) - - MAY 10, 2014
On tap at Comerica Park. Pours a pitch smooth black. Nice maltiness on the nose. Good, smooth, hoppy flavor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2222) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Pours out black with a big light tan head. Aroma is of light citrus hops, grass, roasted malts, light chocolate. Taste is oily roasted malts, light coffee, sugary sweet chocolate, citrus hops, light syrup and a bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (719) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt, prunes, raisin aroma. Roasted malt, brown sugar dark dried fruit flavors. Finish is pine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (198) - Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Sweet malty caramel and dried fruit aroma. Dark brown with thin tan head. Rich malty almost stout like malt profile. Hint of pine, coffee, booze. Slightly bitter sweet and boozey finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7200) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Sweet and raisiny aroma. Flavor is piney, not super hoppy, some dank, caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (791) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2014
(bottle) Pours a dark brown color with thick tan head that clings to glass. Aroma of mild hops and toasted malts. The flavor is bitter hop mellowed by the roasted malt and some alcohol noted. Smooth palate.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bth122 (1253) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle. Poured a chocolate color. Aroma is inriquing. Brown sugar, cocoa, roast malt, caramel, biscuit. Creamy texture. Medium light bitterness. Bitter finish on dry side. Average carbonation. Starts off like a porter but really finishes like a ipa. Not bad.


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