Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6507) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (6659) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Black ipa with nice hops. Shared with Brendan at rattle n hum. Pours deep black body no head, minor lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours jet black with a large tan coloured head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee and some nuts. Flavours shoudl some roasted grain and some sweetish caramel. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (6112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Black in color with a medium tan head. The nose is grassy, a bit of pepper some roasted malts. The taste is of roasted flavors, some coffee. Hoppy dry finish. The palate is light/medium, the finish a bit watery. The carbonation active. Overall, an inoffensive black IPA. Nicely made, though boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2012
The aroma is very hoppy and toasted with grassy and pine hops. There is both citrus and coffee here. The appearance is dark brown with a thin head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall an interesting beer but to astringent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle from pikapp327. Dark pour with a massive tan head that is just massive. Aroma is dry chocolate, coffee, and a little dirty. Taste is bitter chocolate, light coffee, and fairly roasted. I don’t feel any west coast hops at all. Not bad, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2012
Bottle shared with Yanick. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of mint chocolate chip, burnt black malt, pine wood and pine cones. Harshly dry pine cones cut at the back of the palate. Burnt dry chocolate malt follows. Medium body. The only offering from them I didn’t like too much so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7912) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a deep brown hued body with a lasting off-white head. Aromas are of orange, citrus, pine, faded, tea, caramel, bready, mild roast. Iced tea and marmalade (i.e. faded hops with a lot of crystal malt). Flavors are thin, bland, and watery with mild diacetyl. Some light citrus, bready, mild bitterness. Lighter carbonation. Not a big fan of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012

Date: April 05, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Total Wine, GA
Appearance: black, fine tan head, heavy lace
Aroma: roasted aroma, light sweetness, citrus, touch of dark chocolate
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, bitter dark chocolate, black coffee, citrus, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (6305) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle, bottled 2/2012. Almost black with a large tan head. Weak aroma with some hops, licorice and light roasted malt. Taste of mostly malt, also some licorice and light notes of hops. Drinkable but an old bottle with a light mouthfeel.

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