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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This beer will surprise you with a big hop flavor and a toasty sweet aroma. Pours black from the chocolate and de-bitterized black rye malts. This ale is medium bodied and is well flavored with hints of toffee, nutty undertones and a dry crisp finish.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (609) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2015
From the bottle pours a thick pitch black with 1.5 finger light brown head. Nose is coffee, oatmeal, toast, bread. Heavy body, well carbonated, starts smooth and slightly sweet quickly moving into a well carbonated body, the oily body coats the mouth and as it goes down a burnt coffee and rye spice bitterness takes over and lingers for a while on the palate. Something different, but doesn’t hit me the right way, not enough balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (2334) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a black color with off white head. Rich chocolate, piney, malty, sweet aromas. Roasty yet spicy and piney flavors. A lot of flavor, but it finishes with a very dry crisp finish. Very solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1539) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Purchased at Bottles and Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home battling through the winter prior to recording a musical project. Appearance is pitch black, moderate consistency with a thin off white rim. Aroma is a nice mixture of grassy and piney hops with chocolate and roasted malt notes. Taste is pretty good, roasted chocolate pares well with the abundant hop backing, rye adds a light abrasiveness. Another good one from this great brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1559) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle to SA. Deep brown with moderate tan head. A: roasted malt, pine, rye, toffee. T: bitter chocolate malt, grains, rye spice, pine. Lingering dry roasty malty finish with burnt cocoa notes. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1692) - - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. Black with a thick tan head. Aroma is pine, dank, citrus and roasted malt. Rye becomes more prominent in the taste along with some mango. Medium sticky mouthfeel. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4549) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Some roast and a little interesting rye aroma. Pours black with OK head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Well balanced and decent but not a huge beer, and not particularly memorable. Tap at Churchkey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate malt, spicy rye, roasted grains, charred malt, light smoke. Flavor of smooth chocolate malt, roasted grains, grassy hops, spicy hops, with bitter chocolate in the finish. A touch of nutty, coffee notes too. Rich chocolate, roasted malt notes with spicy rye and hoppy notes. More of a dark beer (stout) than IPA. Delicious. 7/4/8/4/14 [3.7/5]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hartung32 (244) - Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Really well balanced beer; and these flavors could've definitely not worked. Tastes like a roasty Porter with a decent kick of hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abcfan (755) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours black with small tan head. Aroma of piney hops. Velvet mouthfeel with a toasty chocolate malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3629) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Very light and mild hoppy aroma. Kind of surprised how mild it was. Light bitter and roasted malts with it. Dry and bitter hops at the start with an astringent middle and a bitter and roasty finish.


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