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RATINGS: 719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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.


unclebleen's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2005
pours a dark brown, almost black color. aroma is roasted chocolate, and a nice hop note. flavor is much like the aroma, with the added note of tabacco. good smooth body. this is not bad, but the red rye id better i think.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (4065) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2016
0.355l bottle @ Hotel Room. Quite a deep and dark looking one this. Not too far off being black actually and a nice medium sized quite lacing beige head. Roasted and dark nose. Something that reminds me of vanilla and wood, there’s definitely rye bread here. Dark bitter chocolate and come coco powder also. Smells really nice and deep. Really delicious to drink also. It’s thick and oily in the mouth and soft prickling on the bubbles. Dark roasted at first. There’s coffee and burnt bread. Kinda mineralish after a while but lots of flavor going on here. Chocolate wrapper in the finish. Highly enjoyed. 10.06.2015

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5000) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a nice deep golden blackcolor. Aromas of rich dark malts, chocolate, fruit, and a hint of smoke. Flavor is rich with a lot of flavors to be found, chocolate, dark fruit, smoke, coffee, and I swear a hint of licorice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (875) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Opaque black brown, ample tan head, fairly fine. Light roast coffee and chocolate notes, transitioning into resin and some unripe berries. Light bitterness with an underlying sweetness. Medium body, a bit chewy, some light acidity, not much carbonation. Longer finish. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalfaro86 (309) - Mexico City, MEXICO - APR 8, 2016
Aroma is heavy bitter and moderate sweet with roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel and citrics, medium to heavy bodied, smooth, flavor is heavy bitter and moderate sweet, very good black ipa.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (778) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2016
From notes (August 2015). Dark, rich, spicy, and hoppy. It’s complex and really enjoyable -- it reminded me a lot of Firestone Walker’s Wookie Jack.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (3082) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a glass. Black with small off-white head. Aroma is strong herbal/pine hops, medium body, medium/low carbonation, and pretty good small bubble lacing. Taste is herbal hops, pine hops, some rye, and bitter finish. This is more black IPA than rye for me and this good for what it is, but is not for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (715) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle to a pint. Pours black with tan head. Beautiful hop aroma with citrus and pine. Flavor balanced with sweet toffee malt... Delicious!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (743) - Delaware, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Black pour from bottle..not the freshest bottle so might impact things..small tan mocha head..nose is toasted nuts,black licorice, anise, rye grain..taste follows suit..interesting..comes across as a mix between a porter and black ipa.pretty smooth nice flavor..some spice from the rye on the end with a solid lingering finish that has that chocolate presence for sure..would be great with chocolate sweets..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turboninja (476) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle@hotel, from Vintner Wine Market, NYC, USA. Medium, slightly bitter aroma of licorice, coffee and sweeter dark berries. Pitch black color with medium, creamy, light beige head. Medium/strong aroma of roasted rye malts, coffee, and hint of licorice. Medium balanced with wide/medium taste spectrum and long roasted aftertaste. Medium body with medium/low carbonation. Overall, very tasty with a plus from using rye, thought lacks a bit of body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2651) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2015
12 oz bottle @ home. Didn’t notice it when I bought it but it was already a year old... Black color. Big rocky beige head, with some lace. Aroma’s: resin, roast, drop/laurel/bay leaves, light sweet. Retronasal it’s resin, laurel/bay leaves, drop. Flavor is moderate bitter, droppy, light sweet, with light acidity on the back of the tongue. Medium bodied. Long ashy finish. Still pretty good, but need to score a fresh bottle sometime.


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