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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
While the style is an oxymoron, this ale is an variation of our "Loose Cannon" IPA with an obvious dark note.
Available Jan - March

jrgratz's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Tap at Barcade.. Pours jet black with a one finger brown head.. Malty/citrus nose. Light mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Taste is lemon/grapefruit. Watery. Overall not that great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2336) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2015
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; Not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (702) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Nice heavy flavor. Had in bottle and tap, but at different times. Can’t remember much else

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3011) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a nice one finger tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma was roasty with pine, chocolate and coffee. flavor of roasted malts, pine, coffee, chocolate and a bit of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (3042) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear very dark ruby brown color, beige head cover, stringers of lace. Aroma of peat malt and hops. Taste is toasted malt that grows a lot heading into the palate, turning decidedly bitter on the swallow, lingering a long time as a bit of malt seeps back in. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Weevo (92) - Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle, pours black with tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Taste of coffee, slight chocolate and cherry. Not to hoppy, really starting to enjoy the black IPA's ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timwatson31 (2) - Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2014 does not count
Pretty good bipa. Pours dark brown. Nice taste while drinking, not over powering. Love the malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquors (Westborough, MA) au coût de 1,95$. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe d’houblon. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe de chocolat et un soupcon d’houblon. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #5764)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2056) - - SEP 9, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-5-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a small cream colored head. The head has a low level of retention fading to leave very light lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell - The aroma is of a roasted malt smell mixed with some caramel sweetness. Along with these smells are notes of licorice and a moderately strong aroma of molasses. Being an IPA, it is no surprise, that along with these smells are some nice notes of a pine and earthy hops, which when mixed with the rest, as well as a roasted coffee malt aroma, give a nice roasty but semi-sweet and moderately hoppy smell. Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt taste mixed with a small amount of a citrus hop taste. There is a lighter sweetness present upfront that fades as the taste moves on and then returns again at the end. While the nose depicted a much sweeter profile, the taste was not all that sweet, yet was on the drier and roastier side until the very end where it sweetened up to a lighter to medium amount. The grapefruit hop that was present upfront is soon joined and surpassed in strength by a pine hop flavor. Toward the end an earthy flavor and a decently strong coffee flavor comes to the tongue. With some sweeter flavors of a caramel and light molasses flavor coming to the tongue as well, in the end, a lighter hop flavor mixed with a decent roasted coffee and semi-sweet taste is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – For a 7.25 % abv brew, the body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The lower carbonation was rather nice for the roasted flavors of the brew as well as the lighter hop flavors as it accentuated both. The thinner body however was not so good and took away from all those nice flavors. Overall – A tasty and drinkable brew overall, although it was not really all that hoppy tasting as a IBA would be expected to be. It drinks nice and is rather enjoyable, but don’t expect a hop powerhouse here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alliance100 (1043) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Draft at Derby Station - dark brown almost black with tan head . Lots of pine , faint roast on the finish . Ok . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a dark brown to black with one finger of tan head. Aroma is hoppy citrus. Some roastiness. Flavor follows with Avery balanced bitterness and roastiness. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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