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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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While the style is an oxymoron, this ale is an variation of our "Loose Cannon" IPA with an obvious dark note.
Available Jan - March


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewbie (451) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2011
12oz bottle. pitch black with a small lasting head. piney aroma. big sprucy pine taste. light chocolate in the background. smooth finish. vey enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5199) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 12 oz bottle. Dark black pour, sticky off-white head. Nice full, clean spruce aroma. Flavor has some decent grapefruit bitterness. a hint of licorice and some mint. Nice, thick rich mouthfeel. Pretty decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2620) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Pours gunpowder black with a tan stout-like head. Aroma is idd-initially pine and hops, but then coffee and roasted malt comes through. Black licorice, roasted malt, and coffee comprise most of the flavor with some hops and pine. Quite impressive lacing. Very nice beer!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slimsladey1021 (3) - Salisbury, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011 does not count
nice dark pour with a solid, almost perfect looking, 2 finger head. smells like pine and coffee. tastes hoppy but not that bitter, definite malt presence. coffee/chocolate after taste. id recommend this if u want a change up from the normal ipas. loose cannon, their standard ipa, is the better choice in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Happy May Day. Bottle. Color befitting the name and a nice solid foamy head. The aroma is nicely pine-laden. This drinks with a bit of an odd marriage of characteristics, both hoppy and roasty, with an almost chalky consistency. Interesting. (#4102, 5/1/2011)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2011
12 oz bottle - Pours black with a medium-sized foamy tan head. Aroma has lots of floral hops, smokiness and some caramel malts. The first sip of this brew was much smokier than I was expecting - but I quickly adjusted to it and enjoyed it - also had lots of floral hoppiness and piney resin with some vanilla flavors on the back end. Very well balanced. Finish is slightly sweet and hoppy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a predictable dark brown with a thin head. Aromas are heavy with chocolate, roasty malt and earth tones, but little hops appear. Flavor is more of a porter than Black IPA. The pleasant chocolate and earth notes are only supported by a lightly tropical fruit hops presence, which is disappointing. It’s good as a porter, weak as anything labeled "IPA."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilligoose (3132) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
tap. floral citrusy hops back by a nice roasty, coffee chocolate backing. pretty good. a touch of grass. nice roasty character. good carbonation. pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattShizzle (532) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle - from sampler pack. Very dark. Aroma is mostly clean but some roastiness and hops. Good. Doesn’t taste as strong as it is, but has plenty of hop flavor and some roastiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a glossy black with a thin head of creamy tan lace. The aroma is primarily the hops. Very nice citrusy hops that I recognize from the Loose Cannon. There is also some chocolate character hear that starts to develop on the second or third sniff. Flavors are initially smooth and chocolaty, but as it rolls over the tongue, the sharp hop bitterness really leaps out. This is a very nice mix of the two styles and comes across as very coherent and polished. The body is full and creamy.


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