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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a beige head. Aroma of hops, roasted malt, coffee and some sweetness. Flavour of hops, bitter coffee, and roasted malt. Excellent brew from Deschutes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7764) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
2010-06-27. Dark brown body, small creamy tan head and lace. I did a bit of a double take on the first sip full of citrusy hops, modest roasty and toasty malt notes, with a mild sweeter malt base. 7+ Pleasantly nuanced hoppy aroma is a touch mild but lovely, sweet oranges, muted leafy green touches. Hints of celery after the glass warms up. 7+ Very smooth average palate suits it well. 3+ Very interesting. Quite nice. On tap at Deschutes, Portland

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
bottle, deep brown pour with bubbly tan foam, aromas of hoppy pine and cocoa, flavors of cocoa, malty roast, hop pine needle, hershey finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Aroma:The mild aroma is composed of grass, grapefruit, and chocolate. Appearance:Black, opaque, with a nice tan head that’s slow to dissipate. Taste:The mild sweet malt flavor contrasts with the tangy hop flavor nicely. The black malt give it some charred flavor. Palate:Smooth, with mild carbonation. Overall:This cascade dark ale is an interesting blend of stout and IPA. I like this beer a lot, but I’m not sure I could drink more than one bomber in a single sitting.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark cherry color with a thin, lacing tan head. Springy hop aroma. Dark, hoppy taste. Interesting. Nothing I’ve experienced before. Would take some getting used to, but a decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown / black with a big tan head. Aroma of piny hops and light roast. Flavor is slightly bitter but bland. A bit watery and thin

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Not a great beer at all, not terrible, I wouldnt buy it again. I was expecting substantially more. Had it as fresh as could be, has some unpleasant off flavors i didnt care for.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
944play (345) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
22oz in shaker. Deep brown with medium foamy tan head. Piney, rosemary, leafy aroma. Flavor is much more mellow, with pleasant upfront sweetness, roots and green herbs. Forceful, sparkling, carbonation, sharp minerality and bitterness. Tasty, but IDK if it’s going to catch on.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1701) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Bomber poured into English pint. Nose is definitely IPAish, with grapefruit being the dominant aroma. There’s some faint roasted malt here, though, hanging in the background. Pours black with reddish tints at the bottom of the glass. Has a large head with awesome retention. Neat decorative lacework is left on the glass. Flavor is total half and half: half being IPA, and half being a dark roasty kind of beer, such as a porter or stout. Taste is sweet and a bit sour and finishes bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is medium. Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale, I don’t care what you call it, this is a tasty beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - JUL 6, 2010
A delightful addition the the evergrowing Deschutes line. I will first of all say that I am not in any way shape or form a fan of "Black" IPA since I feel that an IPA should be golden in color and not black. Contradictions aside I felt this to be a quite good represenation of the over hopped stout/porter style. The aroma is amazing, very floral and sweet. Super hopped, this beer still retains a bit of the roasted barley character it should with the monicker "black." The overall mouth feel is smooth and creamy, similar to something served off of nitro minus the obvious carbonation bite. Overall, I would say this is a pretty decent beer. I enjoyed it though as I have stated earlier, I find the idea of a black IPA to be stupid and would prefer a new name to be given for this style of beer since it is not pale in any way.


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