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RATINGS: 583   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, 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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Great black IPA or is it cascadian black ale. Dark pine hop aroma brings out the IPA part. Coffee aroma brings out the dark side. Pours black with tan head. Taste of balanced hops and dark malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mysticbrew (68) - - MAY 22, 2015
2012 bottle cracked 2015. Still holds a nice flavor, color and aroma. Tasty ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2920) - 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 (2933) - 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 (1778) - 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 (1217) - 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 (4258) - 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 (321) - - 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 wasnít 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 (199) - 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 (819) - 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.


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