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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zoucrew102 (473) - - JUN 21, 2014
Bomber. Resiny pine, hoppy aroma with notes of roasted malt. Pours black with one finger of tan head with good retention, but not much lacing. Roasted malt as well as notes of coffee and a touch of chocolate to start. Finishes much like a west coast ipa with a lot of bitterness as well as the pine, hoppy flavors. Pretty good but the finish is a bit harsh for my tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (638) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Pours black with tan head and good lacing. Aroma of pine/citrus hops and moderately roasted hops. Taste is the same with chocolate and caramel. Ends bitter.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (418) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
If it wasnít for the pitch black body, the aroma of this beer would make you think that youíre about to drink a hugely hoppy West Coast IPA. While there is a touch of chocolate in the smell, the pungency of the hops is what grabs your attention with big notes of grapefruit and some pine. The hop intensity definitely reveals itself in the taste but itís countered by the roasted chocolate notes from the dark malts. The balance of flavor is just beautiful. The combination of tropical bitterness and rich, sophisticated roastiness has resulted in an ale thatís damn near perfect.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (2011) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bomber in a wine glass - nose is roasty and citrus. I like this. Words, words.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (267) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Sweet chocolate and coffee aromas. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Bitter flavor with a coffee finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (464) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle. A- Cascade hops, roasty, hoppy, pine, citrus, pepper. A- Black color, black liquid, tan head. T- Pepper, pine, bitter, roasty. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- The aroma is full of cascade hops but the taste is surprisingly mellow from what you would expect. Dank and bitter but easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7390) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle. Chocolate caramel malt and pine/grapefruit peel aroma. Dark brown with small head. Lightly sweet orange-chocolate malt and moderately bitter pine and grapefruit peel flavor. Body a bit light. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Awktoberfest (289) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Very well done CDA. The roastiness wa very present as was the hop nose taste and bitterness. It had everything I wanted in a blackipa. Solid and worth trying again... Great value ... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3824) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Location: Sampled at Printerís Row Wine Shop, 6/3/14

Aroma: The nose has roasted and caramel malts, with some citrus/grapefruit hops
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a creamy lighter brown colored head on it
Flavor: The flavor is roasty, lightly sweet, and has a solid amount of bitterness as well
Palate: The body is medium, it has a smooth feel, and a pretty dry finish
Overall Impression: This is a very nice example of the Black IPA (as we call it here) or Cascadian Dark (as Deschutes prefers to call it). For the record, I honestly donít care. It reminds me of the beer pong vs. beirut debate (another one where I donít care what you call it). Anyway, I like the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1392) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2014
On tap. Served a black color with a nice tan head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus and grain. Taste of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and citrus. Light bitterness and a fairly dry finish. A very medium body, smooth and almost creamy. Very well balanced. Good beer to relax with.


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