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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
mcnealc31 (252) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Smells like fruit and pine, like you would expect from an IPA, and itís definitely black. Iím noticing some familiar stout characteristics with a dry, smokey mouth feel. Some chocolate and nutiness. It is a bit lighter than most stouts, and while there are some hops in the finish, it isnít a huge, in your face IPA. Really well balanced, and there isnít even a hint of the 7.3% ABV. This might disappoint hop heads expecting a super bitter IPA, but I think itís a great blend of two differing styles.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jw0406 (766) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2011
12 oz bottle pours a rich black color with a nice tan head. Aroma of grapefruit and floral, with malt and chocolate in the background. Taste starts bitter, creamy, with malt at the end

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
12oz bottle, best by May 2011. Pours dark brown, almost black with a two finger foamy light brown head that leaves some clumpy lacing and holds a good cap. Aroma is floral and citrus hops with some roasted malt and chocolate. Also some coffee, caramel, toasted bread, nuts and the roast aspect really starts to come out as the beer warms. Good to very good strength. Flavor starts with the hops, citrus/grapefruit, floral, a bit of pine and finishes with nice smooth chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee and caramel. Mild sweetness, moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation. An excellent Black IPA, nice balance of hops and malts, very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottw86 (1103) - Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Poured black with a medium-sized foamy light-tan head. Aroma has lots of floral hops with some caramel malts. Taste at first has some toasty flavors, but it transitions into a hoppy creamy taste. The hops have some resin and they mix well with the coffee/vanilla flavors from the chocolate malts. Very well balanced. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and hoppy. Overall a very good black ipa.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2558) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Much of this beer comes across as faint and a little thin but you can pick up some decent hoppy notes and some nutti maltiness as well. On tap at 6 feet under. Chewy grain flavors with a little bit of sweet nuttiness and toffee. Piney hop flavor and finish. A little orange citrus aroma. Everythign needs to be kicked up a notch though. A little more muscle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4183) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Tap @ TacoMac, Crabapple. Black pour, fluffy white head. Aroma of herbal hops, roasted grains, and cooked honey. Nice sweetness from the malt, some chocolate malt as well. Finishes with a burnt grains flavor, a touch of coffee. Hop character is very earthy, nice florals, a touch medicinal. Lots of dry honey flavor s as well. Very unique to the style, a good amount of flavor complexity to keep my palate wanting another dose.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
black with large white head. nose of herbal hops. firm bitterness before some medium crystal sweetness and some chocolate malt with herbal hops flavor that is strong, but the strong residual sweetness minimizes the hops and leaves a cloying flavor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best Before: May 2011. Appearance: Pours a black body with a frothy, splotch-inducing, light khaki-colored head. Smell: Charry, burnt grains akin to black patent malt on the initial sniff. Faint bitterish chocolate hint tucked well in back. Pithy-scented, oily citrus fruits and pine needles from the hops. Taste: Roasted grains, with touches of dark chocolate and harsh coffee. Faintly sweet. Scorched, lightly acrid grains throughout. Pithy grapefruit, bitter orange wedges, and resinous pine with a medium degree of bitterness. Drying, bitter, and roasty on the finish. Mouthfeel: Falls just shy of being medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Drinkability: A simple case of charry malts overshadowing the hops keeps this from being anything more than a run-of-the-mill BIPA.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beirater (10) - USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours a translucent mahogany with a tight head. A tiny bit of lacing. Stunning flowery nose, punctuated with coffee and split pea soup. Intense musty flavor, maybe a little cilantro and biscuit malt. Creamy mouthfeel and extremely long finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12oz. Bottle - Pours dark brown/black with tiny creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark malts, hops, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is the same, very smooth, slick, creamy, and balanced. Highly drinkable, but not as hoppy as some other BIPAs or Loose Cannon, for that matter


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