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RATINGS: 583   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Black color/ lasting tan sheen. Big fresh pine, grass, floral hoppy aromas. smooth light to medium body. Very good fresh floral, pine hoppy flavors with a caramel sweetness, mild medium roast malts.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (2012) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2010
dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is citrusy hop combined with coffee tones and perhaps a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Body is a little on the light side. Flavour is again, citrusy hop in there over coffee and bakers chocolate comes through more towards the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6730) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (feet, cheese), with hints of milk and chalk. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Not the best aroma; kind of weak and the yeast odor is not that pleasant. Rather sour in the mouth, also a bit unpleasant. Nice appearance and mouthfeel, though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle with deepest thanks to ketchepillar. Pours a deep amber when held up to the light but the glass presents it’s self as black no doubt. There is a good head and good lace. The aroma is grapefruity and floral fresh hops with some mild roastiness. The flavor has some roasty coffee. There is some fruity grapefruit. The beer is bitter and dry with a flavor reminicent of chewing on a raw coffee bean. The palate is creamy and dare I say smooth?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1458) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2010
22 oz bottle, "best after 5/29/10"? Pours a dark brown with a smallish light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted malts and cola, with some piney hops and a little tar.

The flavor is roasted/burnt chocolate malts, a little cola and anise, with a big roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting "black IPA" with good bitterness. I didn’t really care for the burnt/tar notes or the cola.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3836) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2010
I just don’t get into this whole attempt to make a style out of this, and particularly to label it after the Cascadian region, when it was first brewed in Vermont and there’s nothing particularly northwestern about a black IPA. The apropos thing about drinking this was that I was camping and it was dark, so every step seemed a hop in the dark. Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bomber. An extremely dark mahogany colored body supports a tall, lasting head of khaki colored froth. Thick, patchy, pronounced swaths of lacing coat the glass very well. The nose is indeed quite hoppy, showing bold pine and citrus notes amidst a fairly dry malt base of black patent roast and singed bread. The dryness of the malt really allows the biting hops to shine. Flavors follow suit, quite bitter and resinous, showing pine and spruce most prominently, but also some pithy grapefruit rind. Powdered cocoa, dark toast, and dry, crackery yeast are just as important to the overall profile. Well after the swallow, biting resins continue to coat the tongue and the roof of the mouth. The palate sports a moderate body that is very dry, almost bone dry in fact, with a sharp, citrusy-resinous, bitter edge and medium carbonation. Overall, it’s a pretty solid brew. Definitely a good representation of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (13278) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown/nearly black color with a fluffy tan colored head. S: A nice citrus hop aroma up front with some roast and a hint of bitterness behind it. The hops are somewhat short lived and the various malts (especially the roast) come through the rest of the way. T: The hop flavor is not quite as intense and pronounced as I would have expected. This comes across as more of a hoppy porter than anything, but the flavor seems a bit watery at time so you do not get the full effect of the hops nor the roast/malty qualities. M: As mentioned above, this one seems to be slightly watery with a low to moderate carbonation. D: One of the few (only?) disappointing efforts from Deschutes. I really liked Stone 11/SSR, so I thought this one would be right up my alley, but it falls short.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Aroma: grapefruit hops, sweet, distinct yeast earthiness. Appearance: Black, thick mocha head, dissipates quickly, little lacing. Taste: sweet upfront, quite bitter towards the end. Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, lingering citrus bitterness. Overall: similar but inferior to Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous. Nice hop profile but could be bigger. Simple malt profile that disappoints but still quite enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5968) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle. The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is strong pine and resiny hops. If I didn’t look at the beer, I would think this is a standard orange American IPA. The flavor is pine, resin and just the slightest bit of dark malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.


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