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RATINGS: 579   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


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkeh (280) - Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Pours dark brown with sticky egg white head. Great lacing. Aroma is very light roasted malts, some espresso, great grapefruit and tropical hop notes. Super light body, but there’s a slight sticky coating on the tongue. The more I drink it, the more I like it! Isn’t Deschutes the creator of the Black IPA? These guys are great.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1743) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Dark reddish-brown pour with a brown head. Aroma is fruity hops. Taste is fruity hops, roasted malt, nice balance of roasted malt and hops. Worth the price of the bottle. Great lacing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1122) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle pours black with big brown head. Aroma is roasted chocolate and pine, taste is dry bitter coffee roast and pine, tasty

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3881) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle from Wine Emporium 220115. Hoppy dark beer that is very tasty and very moreish. Another winner from Deschutes.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 17, 2015
08.21.14 best by. Poured into a mason jar style glass on 07.29.14. A: Citrus and caramel. A: Midnight black with some red. 1 1/2 finger tan head that retains very well. T: Grapefruit and caramel dominate. Roastiness and cocoa are subtle. P: Creamy and crisp. Good carbonation. O: This is like a hoppy porter. It wasn’t as hoppy as other CDAs, but Deschutes seems to strive more for balance rather than IBU crowns.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CopterScott (166) - Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2014
black with about a finger of tan head. Aroma is light pine hops and roast. Flavor is light hops, roast, cocoa, and coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (773) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Nicely done. Pours deep brown with no head. Pine hop aroma in front. Silky smooth in mouth, biter hop finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Tap at Busters. Deschutes tap takeover. Snifter glass. Dark black color. Decent head with more than decent lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus with subtle hops. Taste leans on freshness with hop influenced characteristics. Some roasted notes as exemplified by subtle bitterness. Bright and refreshing. Actually a very decent option as black IPAs go. I would order again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"a surprisingly easy drinking black ipa. strong, but not an imperial. well balanced nose-roasted malt, chocolate, nw hops. pretty black. medium bodied & flavorful. lots of piney hops and roasted black malt. a touch of coffee as well. well done. 6/10-bottle...ditto."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Pours almost black, slight brown hues, finger creamy tan head, nice lacing. Aroma dank pine, grapefruit, earthy, doughy and roast malt. Taste mostly balanced, citrus and pine hops, slight tropical, roast malt, not malty, but not bitter, well made. Mouthfeel medium body low-medium carbonation, slight roast and hop astringency, finish on dry side, but sweeter than an ipa. Overall very nice beer, hops and roast nicely balanced, I will seek this out more often, this should be the benchmark for this new style.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
julesjis (203) - Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Poured from a 22oz. Initial nose is toasty, hoppy and coffee like. Taste is surprisingly watery for the aroma and color. It does have a nice bitter taste with a hoppy bite. Overall a decent CDA, but not a lot of depth to it.


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