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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This is a BIG beer. We basically took the Hoppy Feet recipe and multiplied everything by 1.5. This created a wonderfully unique beer that has a deeper malt balance, bolder hop profile, and an extremely fresh aroma. When comparing to regular Hoppy Feet you will notice much sweeter malt notes mixed in with a more pronounced chocolate and dark fruit flavor. The malt flavors are balanced off with strong pine and citrus notes from the addition of A LOT of hops. This beer was actually dry-hopped not once but TWICE with each of the hop varieties (Columbus, Cascade, and Amarillo).


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
22oz bottle from Binnys South Loop. Pours a mostly dark porter-like pour, barely noticeable lighter reddish edge and a thin light beige head... Aroma is pine and citrus with a subdued cocoa roasted malt backbone. Flavors are much of the same with more of a roasted malt and chocolate presence while the hops take a lesser role. Body and carbonation hold up well to the beer. Tasty fresh and green with a nice roasted malt backbone.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2311) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2011
Thanks to Reno for this. Pours a dense black with a brown frothy head and good lacing. Aroma is intense roasted malts and earthy hops. Fantastic head. Taste is chocolate, then hops, then roasted malts, then chocolate, then hops, then roasted malts.... Awesome. Best black IPA that I’ve had yet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10735) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a massive light brown head that leaves some nice lacing. S: Floral and piney hop notes with some mild citrus and grass. There’s a fairly pronounced roastiness to this beer (not super surprising), but it sort of becomes too much and overwhelms the hops. T: An enormous amount of roast and some bitter dark chocolate really kill any chance of this being super hoppy. As it stands, that’s okay to me in this case. Pretty bitter but only a mild citrus and pine hop flavor. M: Heavy on the tongue with a medium to high level of carbonation. O: This was a good beer, but it’s not a terribly good black IPA. Far too heavy and too much roast without enough hop flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass a clear but very dark brown color with a 1 finger mocha tan head. If on looks, you’d think this was a porter or something like that. Nice rich citrus hops in the aroma all baked together with a roasty coffee note as well. Sweet, malty, orange and grapefruit and then BAM, you get hit with a rich roasty flavor with dark chocolate that then transitions to a both a rind bitterness and roast bitterness. Mildly soapy in the end as well. Black IPA’s are an interesting breed and one that I think people either love or hate as they play a tough balance between true IPA/DIPA and something dark. I happen to be a fan of these and like this one, the only knock that I have is the mild soapiness. Ends with some nuttiness as well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bomber bottled "end of March 2011." Pours dark red, mostly opaque brownish-red in the glass, with a 2-finger creamy mocha-colored head. The head recedes to leave blebby lacing. Aromas are predominantly roasted cocoa and bitter chocolate, with pine sap and needles, bark, and earth. Some light caramel and honey are present. The flavor is bitter grapefruit peel, dark roasty chocolate malt and earthy bitterness, cocoa, and some sweet mocha/caramel. A bitter, citrusy finish rounds things out. This verges on creamy, with low/medium carbonation and medium body, and a slight warming quality alongside a dry finish. The ABV is pretty well hidden. Very tasty; a nice, well-balanced cool spring drinker. [684]

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerpourn (9) - waverly, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2011 does not count
malty..i taste dark chocolate coffee, caramel, a piney citrus from the hops..it hides the alcahol taste real well.. it has almost creamy mouth feel..carbonation is great.. the lacing on the glass is beautiful.. i recomend this one

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1534) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours absolutely dead black with a 1-1/2" mocha colored head. Pungent aroma of earth, tree root, & pine balanced by roasted malt & dark bakers chocolate. Flavor is more malt than hops. Again, very earthy. Notes of dark chocolate & dark fruit. Alcohol very well hidden for such a big beer. Full, slightly oily palate with a long bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2011
Thanks to Gillard for the share. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is slight roast, coffee, grapefruit hops, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is similar with citrus hops really asserting themselves. Light to medium-bodied and pretty good overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
Rich, black pour with tan fluffy head that lingers. Nose is rich and roasty, chocolate, caramel, burnt toast along with some citrusy hops and alcoholic whiffs. Flavors are likewise roasted-malt forward...chocolate, toast, molasses, caramel, but the strongly bitter citrus and earthy hopping is certainly prominent, mainly in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness also tends to dry the palate out in the lingering finish. Big abv also adds to a very dry finish ( almost too dry?) Quite nicely brewed...a lot going on...and an interesting experiment.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Picked this bottle up at Julio’s before EBF. Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours nearly black with a light tan head and some good spotty lacing. The nose brings forward some piney hops and a bit of roast. There is a mild earthiness to the nose as well. The flavor has many of the same characteristics, but also has a bit too much alcohol flavor. Quite a lot too much, actually. Bitterness and alcohol layer with a medium body. Lots of bitterness carries through the finish. Decent, but not something I would seek out again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-20-2011


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