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RATINGS: 548   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 (186) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GriffDaddy (64) - - JUL 23, 2014
Ah Deschutes. Very dark copper pour, nearly black. Very light aroma of biscuit and roasty something or other. Piney, resiny body balanced by a light chocolate. Gently bitter finish. Lighter on the palate than it looks, very dry. Restrained and delicious, yet another interesting, worthy brew from Deschutes. Chocolate become more pronounced as it warmed, but balance remained. Would I drink again? yes. Would I order again? yes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (590) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Pours a solid black with a tan head and lacing. It has a rich aroma of dark malt, toast, and piney hops. The flavor is dark malt and pine up front with a slightly chocolate backbone and a bittersweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2477) - Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/21/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fattybladdy (507) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Deuce. Dark black pour with creamy tan head. Roasty, citrus hop scent. Taste of dark roasted malt, coffee, earthy bitter hops and light ashiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EcnarM (74) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Pours a deep brown/black with laced tan head. Slight chocolate to the aroma next to the citra which comes forward. Toasted chocolate flavor with a nice bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (329) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Nearly black pour with a nice medium beige head. Hoppy citrus aromas with a bit of coffee. Flavour is nicely bitter with hops, roasty malts, and coffee. Some chocolate and a touch of the oats coming through in the flavour as well. Quite a nice black IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmohno (1053) - Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Black, rich head,lace.Good aroma , mix of chocolate and some refined light fruit hop character.Taste is a bit astringent and tangy for some black ipas I go for. Sharp carbonic finish that’s not great.. Some good hops in there that don’t seem to stand out, maybe a dated poorly stored bottle. I was expecting a little more but for a cheaper price I kinda got what I paid for in this case.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1809) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle. A roasty hoppy nose. Taste is a lightly tart and peppery with a sweet sugary malt character. Actually balanced and pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (457) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Draft. Pours dark brown with huge tan head. Nose is mostly hops. Taste is pineapple hops and some coffee. Dry aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (559) - - JUN 30, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours cola black color with a small off white foam head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma of the beer is a mix of sweet chocolate and roast along with a rather stronger showing of some hop. The hop aromas ore heaviest of a pine nature, with some other aromas of a citrus grapefruit and herbal smell as well. Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth roasted malt flavor with a big shot of chocolate. Right from the start there is a lighter grapefruit hop flavor which gains in intensity as the taste advances to the end. Along with the increase in grapefruit, a pine hop also comes to the tongue. This is the dominant hop taste of the brew really taking over the hop profile. Along with these new hop flavors comes some flavors of a light coffee which meld rather well with the pine to leave a nice chocolaty but bitter and resinous flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to thicker side with a carbonation level that is average. The slightly thicker body is quite nice for all the roasted flavors all while the carbonation, at its moderate level, blends well the resinous hop with the roasted tastes not allowing either to really dominate. Overall – A nice tasty black IPA with some good dark chocolate flavors and a decent resinous bite. Rather enjoyable overall.


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