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RATINGS: 279   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattShizzle (540) - 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 (1887) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1918) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2011
This is somewhat different. There is a certain hoppiness to it, but a distinct roasty dark flavor as well. A strong finish, strong malty background as well. An interesting beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2011
pours nearly black with a tan head. aroma is hoppy and slighty roasted malts. hops and malts mix well in this beer. i’ve found nearly every black ipa tastes almost completly different than the last. this one seems to have the malts and hop flavor mixed 50/50. a pretty decent brew but after just trying the loose cannon i was maybe expecting something different. taste is citrus hops and some burnt malts with a hint of coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1172) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
A nearly black pour with a tan head. The nose is a nice mixture of pine and light chocolate. The medium body has an oily texture with average carbonation. The taste is moderately bitter with a dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nickls (1829) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2011
Tap. Near black color, tan head. Citrus hop aromas with grapefruit and a slight bit of lemon, and a deeper maltiness and light roast in the aroma. Hops are tamer than in the aroma, but still solid with a touch of roast and twinge of sweetness. Medium and creamy body. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2011
Dark pour, looks similar in color to a porter. Nice strong hop pine aroma with a malt backbone. Smooth body, nicely carbonated. The flavor is a great mix of sweet roasted malt with just the right amount of bite from the hops. An great beer from this intriguing style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2011
Darft. Pours a dark bruin near black body with a tan head and light sticky lacing. Roast y hoppy body with pine, grass, herbs, and roasted coffee tones. A hint nutty but more so chewy from the resinous hop body and a grassy spiced finish. Decent ipa.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (590) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2011
Awesome beer. The way a black IPA should be. Very hoppy but a smith malt finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2011
Lemon zest, charred oak, and tree bark nose. Clear mahogany, medium tan head. Well balanced blend of rustic woody and citrus notes. Nice mocha finish. Flavorful without being overbearing. Nothing remarkable other than it is a well made enjoyable IDA.


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