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RATINGS: 575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Can an IPA be black? Semantics aside, this noir version has subtle coffee undertones born of a blend of oats with dark, Munich and crystal malts. What emerges is something deeper, less orthodox, and all its own. After 22 trial runs in our Bend and Portland pubs, we got it right.
Malt: Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Chocolate Wheat, Black Barley, Flaked Oats, Toasted Oats
Hops: Northern Brewer, Nugget, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, Citra


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2014
As a big fan of black IPAs I was excited to try this beer. Really nice nutty, roasty aromas combined with spruce and citrus. Taste is both sweet and bitter. Excellent representation of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3244) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown to black with a khaki head of foam.. Aroma is roasty and sweet with an herbal bitterness coming through Taste is fairly bitter. Big body and medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1052) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large light beige head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Resin and grapefruit hops, coffee and mild toffee notes make up the aroma. Strong grapefruit and resin hops up front acquire a pine needle character leading into the mid-palate. This offers oatmeal smoothness and coffee bitterness, with grapefruit hops in a smooth finish. A very well-balanced black IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vulcanmeister (199) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pours a black beer with a creamy tan head. The aroma is light roast with some caramel sweetness and a bit of citrus. The flavor roasted malt, big on hops, lots of citrus, a bit of sweetness and a lingering bitterness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbbleich (7) - - AUG 18, 2014 does not count
750 ml bottle purchased in Oakland, CA. Preliminary nose holds notes of coffee, caramel, amaretto, as well as cascade hops. The beer is black and completely opaque, with about one inch of caramel-tinted head. Flavor profile includes roasted malt and coffee, though the flavor becomes more reminiscent of a black IPA as time goes on. Bitterness lingers, though flavor does not.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1055) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Pours a black color with a light chocolate aroma. Taste is of toasted malt mixed with an oatmeal and biscuit flavor. Mild bitterness that leaves an oats tinge on the palate. A tasty, complex beer that was drinkable and flavorful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1396) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bomber shared, pours a nice dark brown with off white head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate with a nice hop aroma. The flavor is roasted malts, bitter from coffee to bitter from bakers chocolate and then hops. Very well blended from start to finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2294) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2014
on tap at Flip Daddys / Union KY --- Opaque black, thin ivory head cover, full sheet of lace. Taste begins with roasted malt, which is quickly overcome by strong bitters, that then continue to a long lingering finish. Full-bodied. chewy, harsh in a very good way, satisfying, highly recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hank37 (111) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
Pours an opaque black with a head of fine beige bubbles. Smells of roasty cooking flavours and a hint of bubblegum. Taste is held up primarily by a roasty, malty backbone with a some pine and chocolate. Really good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lizardking3 (126) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Nice black pour. Smells great with coffee and dark fruit hops. Drinks extremely smooth, no off flavors of any kind


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