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RATINGS: 709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeke626 (456) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle, pours a black body with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and rye. Taste is similar, although the rye is more pronounced. The hops definitely show up near the back of the palate with a very dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1691) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2015
12oz bottle from NEWS. Was 1 per person on the shelf. Didnít look at the date... Bad purchasing decision. Bottle date 12/06/14. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, hamster cage. Flavor isnít too bad... Burnt caramel, some rye spice, pine bitter in the finish. Will find a fresh bottle and re-rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1198) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown and nearly black in color and topped by a nice layer of khaki colored foam that shows good retention and slowly fades to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, dark rye malts, earthy roast, toffee, spicy rye, hints of smoke, and pine hop bitterness on the back end. The flavor follows with the dark chocolate, dark rye malts, and earthy roast up front to go with the toffee, spicy rye, burnt wood, and smoke. Pine and citrus hops add ample bitterness on the back end and keeps things balanced. Medium bodied and smooth on the mouthfeel with ample carbonation that leads to a bitter, roasted chocolate finish. Similar to a black IPA with the added rye and a wide range of flavors. Interesting and really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1371) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. A clean lightly citrus nose with a sharper dark roast malt note underneath. Smooth mouthfeel with some bite on the rear of the palate. Ample bitterness at the finish. Dark roast malt competes with an equally hoppy profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5580) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Deep brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is sweet chocolate and rye. Flavor is semi sweet chocolate start with a coffee finish and a good bitter finish. Medium body with good carbonation. Rye comes through as well. solid

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (673) - Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2015
12-oz. bottle. The nose is highlighted by dank, musty hops and a touch of charred bark and sweet molasses; thereís also a semi-sharp singed plastic aroma in the background. The beer pours opaque black topped by smooth, long-lasting parchment-hued foam. The taste is roast-heavy before a sweet-íní-spicy grain tone takes hold. A lightly charred wooden note and hints of bitter chocolate and a whisper of overripe melon and almond come into play late. A crisp, dry finish. Not bad at all; similar to a toned-down black IPA without the assertive hop characteristic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savage_Night (243) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Pours super dark brown with a medium khaki head. Head retention is poor. AROMA: roasted dark malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, wood char, smoke, rye spice, herbs, herbal hops, nuts, toffee, molasses, spices, peppercorn, light citrus and dark stone fruit. TASTE: dark roasted malt, rye spice, hop spice, pine bitterness, coffee, chocolate, nuts, caramel, earthy, alcohol, herbs, smoke, wood char, peppercorn, light citrus, spices, toffee, molasses, dark stone fruit and burned brown sugar. AFTER TASTE: dark malt, rye/hop spice, molasses and pine bitterness with an oily smooth, slightly watery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1257) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Pours a dark mahogany, indigo color with a small, light tan head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is of chocolate and roasted malts, dough, rye and citrus hops. Heavy body. Flavor is of chocolate, roast, wheat, smoke, dry rye, and finishing with a bitter hoppyness.. Citrus and rye finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gonzin (86) - ARGENTINA - AUG 28, 2015
Probada en Top Hops, Lower East Side, New York. IPA oscura, casi negra, con un fuerte sabor a chocolate. Esta ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1346) - Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Black. Sweet chocolatey.Dry toasty with herbal earthy slight berry toasty with sweet breadyness planty hops. same in taste. Pretty herbal with lots of berry chocolateness.bready light roast. Hoppy linger. The bitter cleans up the sweet side well but neither is too much. Nice balance

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