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RATINGS: 281   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
12oz bottle pours mahogany with mocha head. The aroma has sticky pine hops along with mild notes of roasted malts and maybe chocolate malts too. The taste has a pleasing yet mild mix of pine and citrus hoppiness along with modest levels of roasted malts followed by sweet maltiness far off in the background. This is smooth and subtle for the style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2011
THOUGHTS: A nice beer, but not quite what I was expecting for a black IPA. It smelled right, but it tasted almost more like a very hoppy porter at first. As it warmed it did get a little more black IPA-like, but it was still a little porterish. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, reddish brown that looked nearly black in the glass with red highlights in the light and an average to large, tan head that mostly, but somewhat slowly diminished and left good to excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate, roasted malts; lighter chocolate and coffee; moderate pine and grapefruit hops; slight licorice; and toward the end there was a little funk to the yeast. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet; moderately bitter and slightly salty; while the finish was moderately sweet and moderate to rather bitter with an average to long duration. There was roasted malt, orange and grapefruit hops, coffee, slight chocolate, dark bread and pine hops. It had nice balance and an a great transition. The medium body was a bit syrupy, but also somewhat oily and then a little dry with rather fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
Draft @ The Fred Bar, Sandy Spring, GA. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy citrus caramel flavor with weak hints of licorice. Has a slightly roasted malty hoppy bitter caramel finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2004) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, pine hops, & some caramel; Flavor of slight roasted malt, hops, chocolate, caramel, and some citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Fairly well balanced; Overall, not that bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewbie (455) - 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 (5547) - 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 (2778) - 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 (5743) - 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.


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