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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Black Wheat and Dark Crystal Malt add dense color and mild smooth flavors to this intensely hopped Black Ale. This ale has a very drinkable, midlevel alcohol and bitterness that starts with roasted and hoppy aromatic notes and finishes with the dry hop character of the Nugget hop varietal. A Chinook, Crystal, Centennial and Cascade blend is used in our hopjack to provide full flavored background hoppiness.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keith0718 (377) - Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Great beer. Tastes like an IPA, but with a slightly more complex malt foundation coming from the roasted malt.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minihame2 (206) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2013
Dark body, minimal head. Looks pretty much like flat coke. Nice aroma, mostly malts. Soft mouthfeel, not much of carbonation. Taste is somewhat dry. I can’t find a lot of hops here, it tastes more like porter to me. I like this beer though and can see myself buying it again. Usually not a big fan of the style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottled: unk First "Dark Pale Ale" I’ve come across. Pours like a porter with no head. Smells of musty and dank hops with a strong cocoa presence on the malts. A hollow character to the nose - almost dry. Dark malts are stout like with some more earthy, catty hops. Almost like Old Raspy lite, but without the gusto needed to make such a great beer. Thin with moderate carb and off dry finish. This beer is another addition to the lexicon, but falls short of special. Serving type: bottle 04-19-2012

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5780) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Dark amber with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and resinous hops with some darker malt thrown in. The flavor is pine, resin, roasted malt and a light flavor that seems a bit reminiscent of trash. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (9110) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle split at Endo’s house, thanks to Bird & Mini, 26/05/13. Clear dark mahogony brown with a thin beige head. Nose carries light sour nots, touch of pine, light roast, hint of tropical fruits. Taste comprises mineral notes, faint hops, bitter tropical fruits. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, tarte fruits in the finale. Black IPA - really ? strange tasting brown ale more like!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2013
A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with 1 finger of light tan head that creates tight-knit patterns of lacing. S - Citrus and wet herbal hops, yeasty dough, creamy caramel, it has some earthy edges. T -Lightly smoked sweet malt, cocoa is definitely present, pine and herbal hops provide plenty of flavor with an earthy bitterness. The cocoa rides through to the dry grainy finish. M - Light to medium body, semi-coarse feel. Love to see an ABA in a sixer! This is a good drinker. It’s not gonna blow you but it provides an ABA fix for a great price. Will buy again. Serving type: bottle 02-08-2012

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stevesie (326) - - MAR 24, 2013
Single bottle. Poured dark with a slight red hue; big head and lots of carbonation. More malt than hops in the nose. Interesting taste, but I couldn’t get past what seemed to be a preponderance of roasted malt. Dirty, lingering finish. Fun idea, but not for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1957) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Poured clear and dark red-brown in color with a towering mixed density head. The frothy/creamy head was very durable but so large as to suggest over-carbonation. Tasting left the impression that this medium-bodied sample was indeed a bit over carbonated. The aroma was as expected for a beer marketed as a black pale ale: ample notes of dark malts together with (piney and herbal) hops. The flavor was largely as the aroma suggested, but a bit disappointing in that the hops made the beer a bit too bitter in relation to other aspects of hoppy flavors. The finish, nonetheless, was rather good, particularly as the bitterness faded allowing more of the other hop flavors and malt to come to the fore.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (4976) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sampled at GABF. Pours a watery brown with some creamy beige head. Fruity nose, pears, herbs, flowers. Sweet, malty flavor, chestnut honey, orange. Thin finish. Way too thin.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freeofthoughts (659) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Pours very dark brown with off white head. The aroma is strange like a sweaty cheddar cheese sock with a musty grainy funky hop kick. The taste makes up for it a bit, earthy grainy must with a light spice and a barrage of a lot of hops. Big floral flavor with a touch of citrus bitter. For having so much in the brew it doesn’t quite translate. Not bad at all but nothing exceptional.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1831) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
On tap CBF. aroma is of dirty sock with subtle pine. Flavor has the dirty sock carrying over with notes of pine and hints of dark roast. Light to medium body, kinda thin and watery.


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