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RATINGS: 572   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
On draft at O’Briens. Arrives black and opaque, thin tan head with thin, stringy lace. Aroma is subtle, but features roasty malts with floral and lightly evergreen hops. Bitter flavor from both the roasty malts and the brash hops that lend both a pine and herbal character. Med body, fine, tingly carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1405) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2010
22oz bottle pours dark brown/black with big tan frothy head. Aroma of earthy pine and citrus. Smooth and balance taste of pine and citrus medium body with after taste of slight coffee. Very decent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8005) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bomber from Capone’s. This one pours dark blackish with 1f off tan head and some turbidity. Nose is....wow....great drk patent malt, dark choc, huge resiny drippy wet piney hops. Tastes malty, very resiny piney hoppy, with tons of hops throughout, and the dark malt here stayed a bit in the background and remained an accompaniment rather than the main course. Maybe I’ve stumbled upon the dark malt hop remedy....keep the malt bill big but do not overshadow the hops. Very nice flavor here and a smooth palate. Like a little brother of black butte with tons of hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bomber shared with the family. A solid dark black in the glass, with a nice foamy medium tan head and a bit of lacing. Nose is pine hops, toffee, caramel, a little chocolate. Flavor again dominated by pine/citrus hops, along with a little coffee-like roasted malt bitterness. A bit sweet in the finish with a nice citrus note. Turned out to be pretty much exactly what I expected when I heard of this beer - and that’s a good thing. Another winner from Deschutes.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1557) - Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2010 22 oz. bottle- Pours almost black with red highlights, with a nice frothy tan head. Big aroma as soon as I poured, roasted malts and hops, very interesting, it’s making me thirsty. In the flavor big hop character, the hops are very dry, not sweet citrus or piney, just a really dry bitterness, roasted malts are very prominent as well, this is one tasty beverage. I am always leery of dark IPAs because I like regular IPA’s citrusy and piney, thats what I like most in my IPA’s, but this is in a style all its own. Very impressed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by umr_urgefan over at stlhops.com. Thanks again, Paul! Pours a somewhat cloudy dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma of piney hops, citrus, chocolate malts, earth, and caramel. Great smell. Flavor of pine resin, caramel, orange citrus, toasted malts, and earth. Lingering hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, with a good amount of carbonation and a bitter, earthy mouthfeel. Really nice black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2010
black with white head. citrusy and floral hop nose. firm bitterness before the aforementioned hop flavor being strong but not overwhelming, some mild chocolate notes, but very little sweetness. tastes like an ipa, little character that the color would indicate, much less malt character than an indian brown

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2854) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle Pours out a dark brown topped with a tall tan head. Aroma was of piney hops, roast malts, and floral notes. Taste was a very good balance between the huge hop selection and the sweet malts. They did a very nice job rounding this one out.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6322) - lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Pours deep brown with off white head, aroma is strange with some piny hops mixed with chocolate and coffee. Taste is very similar, with big spice and pine hops leading into chocolate and coffee, at first didn’t seem like a good combination but really mixes well and shines. Nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2707) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium mocha head, with attractive lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 35-37), apparently clear body.....nose is heavy pine, light citrus, hints of coffee, chocolate......taste is light toffee/caramel, then pine, citrus with a lingering hop/roasted malt bitterness.....mouth feel is medium, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. This is a well balanced and somewhat different beer. The hops are definitely present, but the malts do not let them dominate. A well done beer. BJCP 7/3/15/5/7.


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