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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (1461) - Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle - big thick tan head, almost black color, big citrus hop aroma and flavor, good size roasty malt backbone, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ddemmingjr (720) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle- pours blackish brown, thick sandy colored head. Nose of biscuits, pine , chocolate malts and some coffee. Grains, earthy malt flavors and biscuit along with drying resinous hop flavors pushing through on the finish. Not heavy or the typical overdone hop bomb black ipa. More nuanced and balanced. Pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1064) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dark brown with a thick tanned head. Nose is pine up front with nutty tones and hints of earthy spices. Quite a dry roasted chocolate coating in the mouth. Fairly balanced easy going stuff. Decent enough drop

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozarkspops (368) - - AUG 4, 2014
Oil black pour. Thick resinous mocha colored head. Big northwest hop aroma. Citrus and floral. Mild roasted malt aroma. Flavor shows off the chocolate and coffee flavors. Citrusy hop flavor still strong throughout. ---Rated via iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3263) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dark brown with a thick khaki head. Nose is very pine driven with mild soy-like notes, quite nutty and very robust and earthy. Almost a dusty, kind of dry feel to this with powdery cocoa and loads of pine. Very balanced. Easy going stuff. Solid drop but the Wookie we had before this beat it albeit only just

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (658) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Draft pour at Special Brews. Pours really dark with a lasting tan head. Super toasty aroma. Roasted malt flavor. A little smokey too. Really interesting beer with a burnt aftertaste. Overall really good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GriffDaddy (74) - - JUL 23, 2014
Ah Deschutes. Very dark copper pour, nearly black. Very light aroma of biscuit and roasty something or other. Piney, resiny body balanced by a light chocolate. Gently bitter finish. Lighter on the palate than it looks, very dry. Restrained and delicious, yet another interesting, worthy brew from Deschutes. Chocolate become more pronounced as it warmed, but balance remained. Would I drink again? yes. Would I order again? yes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (671) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Pours a solid black with a tan head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of dark malt, toast, and piney hops. The flavor is dark malt and pine up front with a slightly chocolate backbone and a bittersweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2836) - Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/21/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fattybladdy (616) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Deuce. Dark black pour with creamy tan head. Roasty, citrus hop scent. Taste of dark roasted malt, coffee, earthy bitter hops and light ashiness.


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