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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Kansas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Dark is probably an understatement. Pouring this beer and itís closer to pitch black. In fact, I hold it up to the light and I donít think I can see anything. Maybe some deep dark mahogany but thatís it. Head is a nice tan made up of loosely knit bubbles that stick around for a quite a while. My glass has the start of some beautiful lacing. Roasted malt hits the nose first, though there is some hop character sitting at the edges waiting to burst through. First sip is revelatory; dark malt gives way to citrus hop character. This is one of the first examples of a CDA (or black IPA, or IBA, or whatever you want to call it), and you can see why others went out of their way to emulate it. Itís this perfect cacophony of malt, followed by hops, with more malt chasing into the finish. Trying to name the flavors can be difficult. Burnt caramel, light char, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. It all works in this beer. Finishes dry and doesnít cloy at all. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, though thereís a nice amount of carbonation to help things move along. As the beer opens there is some alcohol character present in the finish, though it never moves beyond that. Iíd be really curious to see how this pairs with food. My hunch is that this would go great with a grilled steak salad. A fantastic take on a burgeoning style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1010) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large light beige head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Resin and grapefruit hops, coffee and mild toffee notes make up the aroma. Strong grapefruit and resin hops up front acquire a pine needle character leading into the mid-palate. This offers oatmeal smoothness and coffee bitterness, with grapefruit hops in a smooth finish. A very well-balanced black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vulcanmeister (196) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pours a black beer with a creamy tan head. The aroma is light roast with some caramel sweetness and a bit of citrus. The flavor roasted malt, big on hops, lots of citrus, a bit of sweetness and a lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbbleich (4) - - AUG 18, 2014 does not count
750 ml bottle purchased in Oakland, CA. Preliminary nose holds notes of coffee, caramel, amaretto, as well as cascade hops. The beer is black and completely opaque, with about one inch of caramel-tinted head. Flavor profile includes roasted malt and coffee, though the flavor becomes more reminiscent of a black IPA as time goes on. Bitterness lingers, though flavor does not.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (969) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Pours a black color with a light chocolate aroma. Taste is of toasted malt mixed with an oatmeal and biscuit flavor. Mild bitterness that leaves an oats tinge on the palate. A tasty, complex beer that was drinkable and flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1261) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bomber shared, pours a nice dark brown with off white head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate with a nice hop aroma. The flavor is roasted malts, bitter from coffee to bitter from bakers chocolate and then hops. Very well blended from start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (1929) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2014
on tap at Flip Daddys / Union KY --- Opaque black, thin ivory head cover, full sheet of lace. Taste begins with roasted malt, which is quickly overcome by strong bitters, that then continue to a long lingering finish. Full-bodied. chewy, harsh in a very good way, satisfying, highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hank37 (41) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
Pours an opaque black with a head of fine beige bubbles. Smells of roasty cooking flavours and a hint of bubblegum. Taste is held up primarily by a roasty, malty backbone with a some pine and chocolate. Really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lizardking3 (95) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Nice black pour. Smells great with coffee and dark fruit hops. Drinks extremely smooth, no off flavors of any kind

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chuckstout (247) - Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Pours a deep black with nice creamy mocha colored head and good lacing. Aroma of citrus, roast, resin some sweetness. Bitter, roast, bitter chocolate, citrus, pine. Sweet with a dry finish, I tasted celery, but my other half said no celery taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (1347) - Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle - big thick tan head, almost black color, big citrus hop aroma and flavor, good size roasty malt backbone, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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