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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
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This New American Black Ale, our strongest signature beer, has the malt profile of a Schwartz Beer (German Black Lager) and the floral characteristics of an IPA. Saturated in hops, this intrepid style offers smooth dark toffee flavor without the roasted bitterness.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased by a buddy on his travels through Western MA. Pitch black color with some white head that lingered awhile. Aroma is light smoke with floral and a touch of pine hops.

I compared this side by side with another Black IPA and the other brew wins. This is a good beer in its own right but has a lightly lacking body and mouthfeel. It still shows roasted notes, caramel, pine and floral hops. Hints of smoke with a charred malt texture. Still a nice brew for the style and worth a try without a doubt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4155) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2014
750ml bottle in a stem glass. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted and darker malts, a good amount of floral and lightly citrusy hops, some dough, and a little chocolate. Flavor the same with a good blend of it all. Average texture. A decent black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Really dark brown with small light tan head. Aroma roasted malt, bread, brown sugar. Medium full body, touch of alcohol. Flavors of molasses, caramel, dark fruits. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Hop presence is not that strong, not really IPA-like. Regardless quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 3, 2012
A good solid BIPA, and like the last rating said, its the same as the the Dark Element, not sure why the duplicate. Black oily pour, off white too tan head that is a beautiful bloom. Aroma of roasted malts and hops like a normal BIPA, smooth taste at first but became a little annoying flavor after awhile. Not bad sharer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2012
25oz bottle. This is exactly the same beer as the Dark Element, I’m not sure why there are two separate entries for it. By far my favorite regular Element offering. Pours out a silky black hue, khaki head. Aromas are decently robust, bitter chocolate, some coffee, but light. This actually makes me think it is going to be a porter. Palate is so smooth, a slight bitterness lingers through the palate ending with that decent sharp cocoa. Much more porter-like than black IPA, the hops do not shine, but it’s still a decent offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chaseman (50) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber color with a nice whitish head. You can really smell the roasty malts. Dry caramel flavor with a bit of tart chocolate and some malt as well. Very nice finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3917) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Very roasted black ipa. Totally NOT a cascadian dark ale but an ipa. Sweet aroma, hops hits throughout the entire flavor profile. Nice long bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1166) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
Black/brown colour with slight red tinge, tan head and some lacing. Big aromas, very nice! fresh pine cone hops with a real malted or cake note and some licorice. Big IPA character showing hints of burnt wood bitterness and comes off somewhat fruity. very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (977) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
750ml bottle. Deep dark pour with reddish highlights and a tan head that recedes slowly and leaves a sticky little lace. Nice blend of hops (piney/resinous) and roasted malt on the nose. There’s a passion fruit sort of hint way in the back. Very velvety texture with a touch of grittiness. Flavours are dominantly roasted coffee and dark chocolate with some citrusy hops dancing across the top and flowing through the finish well past the coffee notes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11234) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2011
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Cph.
Deep ruby red with a medium, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma is fresh, grass and fruit on top of roasted and chocolatey malts. Light apple, peach and apricot in the front that are difficult to detect. Otherwise the aroma is fairly weak and subdued. Medium carbonation, kinda thin and very dry. Flavour is a bit weird, a herbal tobacco note creeps in, roasted, mild chocolate, dry and very bitter finish. Light vinious as well. Very interesting yet not really magnificent in any way.


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