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RATINGS: 581   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Pours nice and dark. The aroma is crisp and hoppy with a slight amount of hoppiness. The flavor is hoppy and earthy. A little bit of chocolate on the aftertaste.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2837) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2015
Bottle sampled at Classic City Brew Fest 2015! Pretty standard black IPA with nice roasty malts under piney hop notes. Medium bitterness, good body, mild carbonation. Not too shabby.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2877) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a blackish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of pine, chocolate, citrus and coffee. Flavor was roasty and mildly bitter with pine, coffee, citrus, chocolate, and grapefruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - 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 (1171) - 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 (3997) - 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 (301) - - 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 (179) - 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 (803) - 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 (542) - 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 (6600) - 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."


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