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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Trout Hop is brewed with Idaho 2-Row Brewersí Malt and German specialty malts and has a deep, rich color and roasted finish without the thick and malty body that often accompanies dark beers. It is kettle hopped and dry hopped with Pacific Northwest hops, resulting in bold and intense bitterness and piney, zesty aroma. The full body and dry finish create a refreshing autumn ale, perfect for any crisp afternoon or cool evening. The spicy hopsof this ale complement rich, flavorful foods. Chocolate mole enchiladas, Indian and Thai curries, and barbeque ribs will accompany nicely.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2011
On tap at Sugar Maple. Black indeed with a creamy brown head turning into a Saturn like ring. Perhaps itís power of suggestion, but I swear I smelled fish, trout to be exact of the first whiff. Smoked malts, peat, dark malt and pine round out the flavors. Taste of dark chocolate, pine, roasted malt, mild alcohol and some light smoked malt. Decent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Picked up a bottle at BevMo in San Diego, California. Tasted it from a snifter. This beer pours a very dark brown with a thick, creamy tan head that diminishes slowly. Aroma is sweet, with a bit of a hoppy, sprucy funk. Flavors are also sweet, with crisp, juicy citrus and light pine flavors balancing a nutty bitterness. This is the first black IPA Iíve tried, and I really enjoy the complexity of the richer, burnt flavors as they combine with those lighter fruit and herb tastes. Body feels just slightly over-medium, but still light enough to seem very drinkable. Very nice overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc4031 (129) - Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2011
bottle of 2010 cellar reserve, not a bad beer from grand teton. color was an opaque black with some nice head retention. didnt get much of the piney taste, could use a bit more hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle, argo0 tasting. Lighter mahogany color. Nice citrus hop presence, and interesting burnt toast aroma (in a good way). Hints of chocolate accompany the substantive citrus hop profile and toast. Aroma is much brighter than the flavor, but still a pretty tasty brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
queenholly (2611) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2011
From December 2010 tasting notes. Bottle. Black brown with a small beige head. Caramel, hops, and orange peel aroma. Flavor was orange peel, slightly copper metallic, with a bitter finish. Light bodied and tannic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2069) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAY 1, 2011
Big bottle in Chicago. Pours light black-stout with foamy tan head. Nose is dry hops, not particularly fresh, and roasty malts. Body is a bit light but nicely refreshing and balanced. Fruity citrus that finishes with smooth bitterness of dry hops and toasty malting. Quite nice but not hitting the sweet spots of crisp or particularly full flavored.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2011
Tasted 3/19/11. 750ml bottle with a cap. Bottled Nov 04 2010. Pours dark and rather opaque with a brownish black hue. Bubbled khaki head. Aromas of soapy citrus and grapefruit hops. All hops in the nose, but it also has a subtle malty sweetness. Medium to full bodied with a ton more base malts in the palate than in the olfactory. Good coffee acidity and a nice toasty fudge note. The malt bill is full rich and quite nice while the bitter hops really add a dimension and depth of complexity to both the body and flavor palate. Good roasted flavors followed by the hop punch. Nice take on a relatively new style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (1863) - Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
Nearly black pour with a big frothy tan head that laces thickly. Aroma of mostly roasted malt and some pine. Big, rich flavor of roast, chocolate and pine. Medium-full bodied and really smooth. Excellent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Served in a Stillwater wine glass. Pours black with a single-finger light tan head and some good spotty lacing. The nose brings some piney and resinous hops, but also smells a bit like amoxicillin and antibiotics. There is a bit of an earthy component there as well. The taste is slightly-resinous and medicinal. It finishes a bit dry with some faint roast. Overall, Iím not a big fan of this as it reminds me of hoppy antibiotics. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-30-2010

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1219) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2011
750ml bottle, dated 11/16/2010. Pours a dark brown with a big fluffy / creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a nice combination of sweet roasted chocolate malts and piney, slightly citric, hops. This is what a black IPA should smell like.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts and fruit with some roast (light coffee) and piney fruity hops in the finish that add a medium bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a little watery.

Overall, this is probably the best Black IPA Iíve had to date. I havenít been a big fan of them so far, but this is well balanced with a nice combination of sweet chocolate, roast, citric fruits and piney hops.


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