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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 28, 2011
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Having a hard time coming to a conclusion with this beer. I donít understand the use of orange peel and see it as muddying the flavor profile. The blackness is almost too ashy and the hops are a clean, minty bitterness, as opposed to a floral, fragrant punch I would expect from most West Coast hops. This feels like an amped-up Schwarzbier with some more hops, which pretty well describes a Black IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3008) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Toastedd malty flavor with a lingering finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (6111) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle, dark black pour, citrusy hops and roasted malts in aroma. Not an overly pungent aroma. Flavor is PNW hops, chalky roasted maltiness, light coffee. As with the aroma, the flavor is somewhat light too. Not a huge fan of black ipaís but this is decent

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3437) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2011
22 oz bottle from Table and Vine, West Springfield, MA. $5.99. Black color in a shaker glass. Nose is light pine hops with mild roast. Thin bubbly tan head, light lace. Taste is spot on the nose. Mild pine needles, roasted malt and hop bite in the finish. Some chocolate malt. A mild lingering bitterness. Body is medium leaning toward the lighter side. High carbonation. Overall ok. Some good flavor however, I would choose other brews in this style before buying again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keepersj12 (2743) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Pours, get ready, black with a tan head. Malty aroma with some coffee and chocolate. Flavor has the chocolate and coffee with smoky burnt wood. Bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3475) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Dark brown of color with an off white head. An aroma of liqurice, dry, dusty, bitter and weak smoked. A flavor of roasted malt, bitter, citrus, weak liqurice and burnt.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4406) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a frothed, beige head. A little bit of lace here and there on the drop.

Smell: Modestly roasty with some charred toast in there as well with a low, low hint of malt balls, citrus peelings, and pine. Both the malts and hops are present, though neither particularly profusive or taking charge of the aroma.

Taste: Burnt bread, nearingly roasty with just a bit of sweetness and a very vague bitter chocolate quality. Iron supplements. Slight pine blossoms, pecan-encursted citrus peels, maybe a faint hint from the added orange peels. Modestly bitter, actually. Watered down roast and toast with just a hint of citrus and bitterness going into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Itís not particular malty, nor is it particularly hoppy. Not really much going on here.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3513) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Blanchardís, Allston 650ml ($5.50): Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts and plenty of citrus. Taste is very grapefruit hops, more so slanted in that direction than any other Black IPA, Iíve ever had. Kind of strange and perhaps is an intentionally unbalanced beer. In any case, I though it was drinkable enough.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ExpendableHero (764) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Dark brown beer, with a nice off-white head. Aromas of mild earthy hops. Taste is a bit one dimensional: dry, herbal hops through and through. Not much malt backing up the hops, maybe some hints of watered down black coffee here and there. Dry, hoppy finish. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle sent to me by Shawn O Meter, thanks! Served in Bells tulip.

Pours a deep brown nearly black with some purple highlights topped by a creamy tan head that left good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grassy, resiny and acidic hops, char, roast, coffee, and chocolate malt character along with some metallic, medicinal and tea like vapours that does lessen the experience.

The taste is balanced mostly by roasted and sweet malts versus the resiny and herbal hops. Seems a but muddled and dumbed down however, does not POP. Then there is a strange ongoing mild acidity that does not fit, is that the orange peel? The finish is metallic, minerally and just weird. The mouth feel is medium-bodied, ashy and muddy. I must say I am disappointed in this beer for it never really does much to keep me interested and has some strange characteristics.


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