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RATINGS: 562   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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1973) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
22oz Bomber. Dark brown pour, creamy white head and a slightly fruity hop aroma. Flavor slightly some smoky malts, crisp dry hops, herbs and bready bitterness on the finish. Solid beer, and decently priced at $5/bomber.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Dark, but not quite black. Good, deep tan head. Aroma is tons of fresh hops. In the taste, the dark malty flavors seem to hit, followed by the taste of hops with some bitterness and finally followed by coffee flavors that linger throughout the finish, with bitterness coming back again. Outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Pours solid black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of floral, citrus and piney hops, roast malt. Taste has a great balance between hops- floral and pine again and dark burnt malt. Medium body, soft carbonation. Lingering resin and burnt bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
[2992-20100627] Tap. Toasted celery grain aroma has "leafy hops" notes. Dark brown body with a long-lasting creamy tan head and some lacing. Bitter leafy roasted flavour has mild smoked hops. Full body is a little thinned. Woah, that is different, great unique profile!
(@ brewpub, Portland, OR)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
19Ei8hty (1170) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Burnt, rather scorched, malt complex that unnecessarily dominates what could be a really great drink. Very dry and bitter roasted body with dark chocolate notes and some subtle coffee bean. Pine and some intermittent citrus. A bit thin but overall quite enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldMrCrow (1807) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bomber.

Dark pour, tan head. Nice roasty nose emphasizes the dark malts. Dry with a perfect balance between the coffee roast elements and the clean snap of hops. Various winter PacNW beers have been heading in this direction for years, but drying it out and amping up the hops just that extra bit made all the difference. Roast pushes toward ashy, which I usually dislike, but with the high herbal hop bitterness, it works. Mint thins without a sugar. Wow. Great beer. I could session the @$#% out of this one. This will become a regular fixture in my house.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9038) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle… Clear, dark brown ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is a really cool medley of deeply roasted malt, chocolate, tangerine and light resin. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Roasty, bittersweet flavor. Moderately bitter, toasty, dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2010
22 oz. bottle - Pours a dark brown color with a nice size light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is floral and citrus hops. Flavor is pine hops and esters. Good bit of bitterness in the finish. Medium body. A good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2010
(22oz bottle). Pours dark brown with red hue and off-white head. Aroma is hoppy and green. Taste reflected the aroma: hoppy and green/grassy. Finish was also bitter. Nice beer that delivered on the hop promise.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2550) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle. Black color with a bit foamy light brown head. A malty aroma and flavor. The hops are pleasant but understated. A dry bitter chocolate and malty finish. A nice "dark beer" with a lightly hoppy base.


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