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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Black IPA
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Black IPA. Again, an american invention. This style was born at the "Vermont pub and brewery" around 1997. It could be said that this beer tries to be an hybrid between a regular IPA and a porter. The Pénombre presents a light body and well expressed tofferaction tastes. The whole is however dominated by an evident bitterness, which stays always in balance with the other tates found in the beer. In the after taste, the bitterness and hops flavours are growing slowly dut surely, sip after sip.


Fred182's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, - JAN 15, 2013
Bouteille de 341ml, robe noire aux reflets rouges, arôme et goût de houblon et torréfaction. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jennawood79 (281) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Hoppy indeed, but I’ve heard the next batches will go further into the bitterness department. At the moment, this remains very balanced and probably more roasty than hoppy (as if we could make such a claim).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (891) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
341ml bottle served in a pint glass. A: Pours a dark brown to black forming a big bubbled beige head. Good retention and tons of lacings left in the glass S: Roasted malts and flowery hops. Black IPAs are quite weird because they do have this mix of black roasted beers with pale and hoppy beers T: Roasted and hoppy. Good balance. Roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate. Biscuity. Quite bitter which is a mix of roasted malts and hops bitterness M: Medium body and carbonation. Roasted and hoppy bitterness aftertaste O: Good drinkability. Great Black IPA. Another Dieu du Ciel! winner [ BA Review @ 7/26/2013 ]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrus86 (42) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2014
BOTTLE. shared RW. Jet black with nice tan head. Dark choc/vanilla on the nose, with the dark choc up front and a smooth bite at the back end, more of a porter than IPA. Sourced Capel Cellarbrations

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (894) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 8, 2014
Couleur noire, légère mousse beige. Nez malté grillé, café, notes caramel et houblon Gout malté grillé, café, notes douces caramel fruits noirs, bonne amertume houblonnée, corps legerement cremeux et bien rond en bouche. Longue amertume et note grillée en fin de bouche.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steverus0 (188) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - SEP 28, 2014
More like a porter with extra hops (which is not to say bad). Pours a coal black with light, toffee colored head. Roasted chocolate and caramel on the nose with just a hint of floral hops. Heavy on the palate with your typical roasted caramels and just a hint of chocolate and toffee. Hops come through lightly but remain on the palate just a bit longer than the roasted notes. I’d give this a higher rating if it were just a porter, but as a black IPA it wants just a bit more balance with the roasted and hoppy notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jmar33 (165) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2014
Growler. I like it when black IPA’s are more like hoppy porter’s, so this is right up my alley. Strong hops, strong roast, strong beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4931) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, cookie dough, lighter pine, and some faint burnt notes. It pours a dark brown with significant orange highlights. It has a two finger khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker soapy ring. There is some thin soapy rings left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with starts with moderate chocolate (milk chocolate and dark chocolate) with a touch of caramel, light roasted malt, and a hint of cookie dough. The finish has moderate pine, burnt notes, and light grapefruit. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft moutheel. Overall, it definitely falls into the hoppy Porter category for me. Also, the burnt flavors are a little too much for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (848) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle pours dark brown with light edges and two finger thick white head. Nose is earthy roasty soil, fruity light pine, touches of dusty cocoa, light malt fruit. Taste is somewhat thin, roasty malt fruit and wet soil and leaves mix with some soft piney cocoa and grass. Finish is bitter roasty malt fruit and light cocoa.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aletcm (136) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 29, 2014
Cor preta, com espuma café com leite de boa formação e persistência. Aroma de chocolate amargo, seguido de café. Sabor de chocolate amargo e café, com médio amargor, persistente só final. Boa Black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (581) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle. Cola brown. Cocoa and coffee grinds aroma. The taste adds bitter piney hops and earthy malts. Big mouthfeel all around. One of the better black ipas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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