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RATINGS: 565   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


3.9
   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 (2553) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6334) - 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 (7790) - 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 (6017) - 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 thatís 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 Iím 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 (1456) - 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 Iíve 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.


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