Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 282   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4080) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Big black pour wit a choco moose head that runs away. Aroma of your favorite girlfreind when she’s just starting to get a little BO. Big rude initial flavor blast. Over the top and down the side we go. Head over heels. Sharp giant flavor attack. Wew, quite a large flavor blast. Way to much for my girlie taste buds. Oily palate like pine or spruce tar. Burping brownish citrus hops. Big long lingering too much to handle finish. Alky content is apparent. Big roasty hop flavored old burnt damp wood aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4943) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a matte black color with a medium sized foamy tan head that lingered and produced good lacing. The aroma was strong floral and piney hops - almost gritty and dry. The flavor was dry and very bitter with rather strong floral hops and touches roasty malts and nut. The finish was long with fruity hops coming out and floral hops lingering. Medium body and surprisingly smooth. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4421) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a shaker. Mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving scant spiders to skim surface. Dark roasted chocolate malt aromas. Thin with front to back charred chocolate. Lasting toasted grapefruit pith finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chandler0201 (644) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Black pour with small tan head and some lacing. Flavor was malty but also had citrus bitterness. Weird hybrid of porter and IPA. I’ll give them credit for the novel attempt, but not all that good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2988) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
(Sample Date: 1/17/2011 Source:Other) Firkin at F.W. Sullivan’s. Grassy floral hop nose over medium caramel sweetness. Black clear with small white head. Grassy floral hops in abundance in flavor along with some chocolate. Moderate bitterness, medium body, and a smooth finish totally tasting like milk chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown pour with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt along with some grassy and citrusy hops, but there’s something else. There’s a bit of a spicy character that normally accompanies rye malt. To my knowledge there’s no rye in here, so it must be from the hop combination. Flavor starts hoppy, then adds some roast and a little of that spicy character, then finishes with citrusy and grassy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10712) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted biitersweet flavor to medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a good complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2405) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Pours a four finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops, flavor is same, almost sweet grapefruit hops. Semi-dry finish. Best before Jun 2011. $2.29 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Foxbush (1280) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
This is strange one to rate. It was purchased at he Caboose in Ashland. The ale poured a deep black with no head. The ale was thin with some citrus flavors but the roasted malt overwhelms everything. Not sure this is a good blend for IPAs. The finish had some bitterness.

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