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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Lube? Hey, get your mind out of the gutter! Social lubrication, people coming together to unwind, is what we are talking about. This American Black Ale has a dark body, medium bitterness, balanced with West Coast hops and sweet orange peel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lusikka (7104) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
650 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a firm foamy head. Aroma of overly ripe mango, ash and grassy hops. Flavour of roasted malts, ash, overly ripe mango, grassy hops and some saltiness. Carbonation is very high and mouthfeel is foamy. Medium bodied and a roasty, quite bitter finish. Unbalanced and I really don’t like the hop profile. Carbonation is so high this actually reminds me of highly carbonated water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (7517) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
65 cl bottle. Bottled on 02/2012.
Pours dark red color with a huge head. Aroma of hops, ripe fruits, orange peel, some licorice, toasted malts and goose berry bush. Flavor of malts, some licorice, ripe fruits, oily hops and some goose berries. Bitter and a bit stuffy palate. A bit disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (7264) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
65 cl bottle @ home, bottled 02/2012
Aroma is stale hops, roasted notes, some cocoa, resin, vanilla and ash. Flavour is rather ashy with some licorice, nettles, hops and wet wood. Too ashy and stale, not nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (4734) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2012
650ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a large foamy head. Aroma of fruity and grassy hops, hints of orange and ripe fruits. Taste is fruity and hoppy with some burned malts and ashy notes. Finish is watery and carbonated with some fruity and ashy notes. A bit unbalanced black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3427) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown - almost black, average to large and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, roasted malt - some burnt malt, light coffee - licorice, some piney hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and dryish flavor, roasted malt some coffee and hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and dry, lots of roasted malt - some burnt malt light coffee coffee, some hoppyness. Dry (black) IPA with lots of (bit too much) roasted malt - burnt, finish gets bit too sharp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
annunz123 (924) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Malt, pine hops, and a little metallic tinge in the aroma. Flavor starts with hop bitterness, with a little chocolate and citrus (and more bitterness in the finish). Good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thechasm442 (400) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bomber bottled 2/12 into a Duvel tulip. Pours a dark ruby brown with a huge tan head and lots of bubbles. Decent lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, malts, leather, and grass. Taste is malty up front. Citrus flavors come in with a bit of pine and cream. It finishes with a slightly sweet and smokey flavor. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and goes down pretty easy. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Single 12 oz. at Binny’s for $1.50. Pours a very dark brown with a scrum of foam. Almost a sweet malt smell at first, then some hops start to assert themselves. Taste is more or less a hoppy stout, with some roasty bitterness from the grain, and then a bit of hop citrus note. Gotta say it lacks the smooth malts I usually find in a Black IPA. It reveals some interesting character as it goes down, but I can’t get away from my first impression of a hoppy and roasty stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Big head. Toasted malt and earthy aroma. Nice toasted malt taste with a bright overtone, but overcarbonated. Good, but would be better if the carbonation was less (or at least smaller bubbles). Might just be my bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13979) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours dark brown with a thick, rich beige foam head. Aroma holds a healthy dose of roasted malts, along with some sweet cocoa, burnt wood, grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor, lots of charred wood, some licorice, burnt grass, bitter earth, some dark sugars. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes with some decent resins, heavy roasted malts, lots of charred wood, almost abrasive burnt grass, some ripe citrus, especially grapefruit. There are some interesting characteristics in here, but the bitterness also comes across a touch harsh in the end, and the citrusy fruits seem a bit unrealised. Still decent overall, but not everything it could be.

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