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Dead Frog The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire

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Brewed by Dead Frog Brewery
Style: Black IPA
Aldergrove, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Sparks fly when bold & beautiful tropical hops meet a brazen & daring roasted malt base. Their chemistry is undeniable and perfectly balances the hop flavours and aromas of a powerhouse IPA with the depth and intricacy of a complex dark ale.

The creator of the Fearless IPA and Commander Imperial Stout pulls no punches with his newest masterpiece. Heís brought your taste buds to their knees with monstrous Imperial IPAs and made them sing with cavernously deep Imperial Brown Ales. Now he brings you his greatest triumph!

Malts: Pale Ale, Cara 60, Biscuit, Chocolate, Carafa II, Special B, Roast Barley
Hops: Centennial, Columbus, Galaxy
First batch: February 2014

Editorís note: also called Dawn of the Dead

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3682) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Draught @ Alibi Room, Vancouver, BC

Pours dark brown, almost black with a smooth head. Aroma of roasty malts, grassy hops, coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Taste is roasty, sweetish and grassy hoppy with some coffee, licorice and dark chocolate. Finish is smooth, hoppy and roasty with some licorice. Quite tasty black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4482) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
Strong roasty nose with a minor bitter chocolate background. Flavour is very bitter, some toasted malt and cocoa powder. Lasting hop finish. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (6035) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
650mL bottle, pours black with a medium beige / tan head. Aroma is quite chalky, with notes of roast, dry cocoa, and some piney hops. Flavour is really wonderful, with notes of roasted malt, dry cocoa, and lots of dry piney hops. Really dry and balanced amazingly well between the roast and hops. Wow, Dead Frog brewed an excellent one here. Fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8406) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
very good black ipa. not too sweet roasted malt, good strong hop finish. lasting lace snd some head. aroma is neither great on hop or roast. tasty very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1188) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Bomber. Clear darkest crimson brown, slight ruby hue, darker tan foam mostly fades. Big bold dark roasted malt taste, not too sweet, some caramel, balanced nicely with tropical fruity citrusy hops, slightly floral, some spicy herbalness. Average carbonation, medium-full bodied, well hopped. Lightly bitter, dry roasty finish. Pretty damn good, but still: NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3318) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
Dark brown,tan head.Nose of citrus hops & roast.Starts roasty,light piney mid, big lasting hop & dry roast finish.Probably the best ever from this brewery

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1688) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with moderate head of big bubbles. Aromas of fruity grape jelly, light pine, and toasted malts. Flavors of roasted malts, mangos, dark fruit, and pine. Bitter finish. A nice black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Dark brown body. The aroma has a mango-citrus hop character, and toasty dark malt notes. Rich, rounded bitterness, but also a lot of malt sweetness especially from the Belgian stuff. The roast barley is quite apparent, particularly in the finish. The bright citrus and fruit of the aroma takes a back seat on the palate. Rich, hearty bitterness, smooth body...a blast of Black IPA goodness, quite intense for lovers of the style. Like me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
2014-04-09, cask at Tap & Barrel, Olympic Village, 8-4-8-4-17=41
with Republica Coffee Roasterís Yirgacheffe (a smooth and slightly fruity roast), dry-hopped with Galaxy and an addition of Bourbon-soaked, toasted American oak

Black color with compact beige head. Delicate aroma with more fruity tones. Smooth mouthfeel; some more chocolate and less roastiness than the other versions, some vanilla, oak, biscuits, spices, cappuccino; moderate, pleasant sweetness; lingering fruity presence. Although hidden by the dark malts, there are nice hop resins in the final. The elements are in harmony, and itís well balanced.
Fresh, highly drinkable, excellent.

2014-04-08, cask at Tap & Barrel, Coal Harbour, 7-4-7-3-13=34
with Centennial hops, vanilla/Bourbon-soaked cacao nibs, sweet orange peel and chipotle pepper

Black color with compact head. Roasted malt aroma, a bit dusty, fruity, and some chipotle. Lean mouthfeel; roasted malt flavor, some chocolate; the chipotle is a bit too strong; the bourbon and cocoa very light. The chili hotness is spoiling the good beer.

2014-04-02, bottle, courtesy of Josh, 7-4-7-5-14=37
Black color with creamy beige head. Strong aroma of freshly brewed boutique coffee. Smooth and dry mouthfeel; strong flavor of roasted malts, some coffee, hidden biscuits, some spices; strong bitterness with abrasive hop resins. Some creamy feeling in the final.
Not a big fan of the style, but itís a very good example of it.

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