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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1387) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Draft at several places in the past before I started rating, but finding again for the first time in a long time. One of the first Black IPAs I had. Bit sweeter than most, but still has some nice sharp dark pungent notes. Pour looked opaque at first but us probably a very dark clear brown copper. Loose big-bubble foamy head. Burnt oranges. Honey dipped pinecones. Bitter raisin pie with a heaping spoonful of molasses. Black walnuts. Slight ascetic aroma (but that could just be this specific pour). Leatherette. Sweet spicy pepper finish. Nice, but the balance is a bit off. Not my favorite of the style but much more complex than most Heavy Seas brews.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sixcmtall (3) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2014 does not count
Very tasty black IPA. Hoppy enough for those who love ipa's, deliciously dark for those who like dark beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (2676) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
On draft at Trio in Kill Devil Hills NC. Pours a clear dark cola with a thick tan head. Roasted nose. Flavors of charcoal. Medium bodied. Bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mastelefish (53) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a small and lighter head for such a dark color. Roasted malts and hops are conflicting at a distance, but the roastedness comes out on top when taken in. There is a ton going on here with a battle between the IPA taste and the darker malts. The body is medium and a little creamy for an IPA. Interesting to say the least. Kept me surprised throughout most of the experience.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (885) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Pours very dark brown to black with a fair khaki head that settles to a substantial ring, leaving plenty of splotchy ghost lace. Nose involves pine, dark chocolate, maybe some dried cherries, toasted malt, some spicy floral hops, some resiny tropical stuff. Fairly sweet, quite bitter, not excessive either way. Lighter body, softer carb, oily, bright, with a lengthy toasty bitter finish. Somewhat subtle, but the nuance presents itself. Nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2560) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Very nice looking brew, black with a tan head. The aroma has chocolate and some coffee and lots of roasted grain. The flavor has the chocolate and coffee but gives over to a hefty nite from the hops. Not at all harsh, very smooth and easy going down. Well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gendv138 (345) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Cask (with Simcoe) at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a brownish black color with half a finger of tan head. Aromas of caramel, roast, coffee, subtle leather. Tastes of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, piney hops, roast. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4626) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle, purchase before June ’14. Nose is hoppy, very green and lightly grassy, but balance out nicely by the tarry and ashen black malt and roast barley; some nice mocha and coffee notes there, light chocolate, but I’d want more from the aroma hops. Pours dark brown-black with a tan head. Taste is lightly sweet (more from the hops than the grist), pleasant roasty qualities from the malt, light bitterness with a little booze showing through. Too-light body is nearly watery. This qualifies as a tame "Black IPA" in a genus dominated by aggressive scoundrels, but it’s clean and done well, and certainly enjoyable!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Appearance: how many ways can you describe black? Average size tan head faded quickly and left spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate with resinous hop accents. After the initial taste of coffee and caramel fades, the piney, flowery hops take over. Earthy, bittersweet aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel leads to a long lasting finish. One of my favorites in this style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2014
On tap at Brunzies. Wonderful hop aroma, floral with apricots. Chocolate malt and caramel, roast and sweet. Dark black with foamy creamy lacing tan head. Medium chewy body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet and roast, rich malt profile with caramel and chocolate. Big hop bitterness throughout with bitter finish and after. Lingering sweetness.


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