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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Testing out a new Belgium strain yeast, pils, caramel 120 and chocolate malts combined with Magnum, Chinook, Northern Brewer and Amarillo hops. Results?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Almost has a smokey like scent, some dark fruit character as well. Has a a wine like body and taste (dry red) has a big hop bitter finish as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheHOFF43 (2043) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sample at brewery. Pours fairly dark. Nothing too special here. Roasted malts, some caramel and a little bit of hops. Overall pretty average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Sampled from the tap. Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a bit of light chocolate with mild dark grains and a hint of Belgian yeast. Flavor starts with sweet chocolate and Belgian yeast but finish is slightly more dry with dark and roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2012
Tap at Daveís Brewfarm. Black pour with a very nice foamy cream colored head. Rich aroma of chocolate malt and yeast. Full palate. Taste is terrific - chocolate malts and a bit of bright hops. Killer brew. Well done Dave!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Lupulo Noir. 9.1 % Belgian lineage yeast. Pils, Caramel 120, and Chocolate malts, combined with Magnum, Chinook, Northern Brewer, and Amarillo hops." Off goes the swingtop cap, and out sprays beer into my face! (Good sign or bad omen?) Dark as night this one, with slightly opaque edges, turning a lighter caramel color, with a lovely cocoa brown head holding down the fort on top. Very inviting. Aroma: the nose greets us first with a blast of this blend of hops, weíre getting the bitterness, the resiny pine, the pithy citrus. It stands for a second, before being engulfed by chocolate. Bitterness is utterly subdued, and grassy hop character remains standing, holding ground with caramel and cocoa. Taste: All that and more back on the tongue. Hops arenít loud or large, very subtle, but stand their ground with the deep, dark, lush malt. The hop contingency always maintains steadily at the forefront of this ale, and the chocolate part only gets richer and delicious-er. Seriously, delicious-er IS a word, albeit one I only made up now. Iíve done some grousing about the "black IPA", or "black ale", and Iíve done some cheering about certain entries in this field. Right now, I feel as if Iíd have to put this in there, although the Belgian yeast may help me make a case for herding Lupulo Noir into a different category.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (5742) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Results? I am disappointed to say I donít think it turned out very well. For all of the different ingredients, little comes through besides heavily roasted malt, and even here, there is not a lot of flavor. Palate is a bit thin also. My least favorite Daveís beer so far. ABR 2010.

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