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RATINGS: 575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2878) - 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 (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, 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 (2739) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2000) - 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 (6830) - 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 (1167) - 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 (1958) - 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 (9556) - 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.


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