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Dead Frog The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%

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. He’s 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

Editor’s note: also called Dawn of the Dead

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2379) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 22, 2015
Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aromas of wet basement, chocolate, caramel. Flavours are bitter coffee and roasted malts. Some resinous hops. Good stuff. Very bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2814) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
Dark black body, brown head, nice lacing. Very grainy roasted malt aroma, touch of dried fruit, anise and resin. Taste is again roasted malts and resin with a suggestion of bourbon but without its presence. Not hoppy bitter, but roasted malt bitter. Unique. A little strange, but I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (750) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate, rich roasty malts and some bright piney hops. Flavour is not as happy as the aroma - a bit dull for a black IPA - but still rich and tasty. Best thing I've tried from Dead Frog, and would definitely drink this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (803) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
Poured from 650mL bottle. Very dark brown with off white beige head. Chocolate and coffee with light piney hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markschiedon (376) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2014
Drinking from a 650ml bottle. In the aroma chipped wood, red fruit, banana, The unclear brown beer has a medium brown head. A full bodied, bitter taste, chocolate, roast malt. Low carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stantheman (816) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
On tap at Oscar’s Pub in Vancouver. Branded sleeve a bit similar to the bulbous shape of a Guinness glass. The handle doesn’t say, and the barkeep offered that it was an ESB, but there’s just no way. A beautiful black beer. Generous tan head, sweet, malted nose. In the mouth it’s noticeably hoppy, but rich roasted malts predominate. Sweet chocolate, licorice and bitter coffee overtones. All the richness of an impy stout, but with much more hop load. One of the best black IPAs ever! 3.8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (5116) - 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 (4821) - 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 (9754) - 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 (9692) - 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.

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