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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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


ThisWangsChung's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 1/16/2013. 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. A: Pours a ultra-dark red color with a good opacity. The head is kind of dinky - a half finger light khaki color. It doesnít even retain what little it has well, but tries to leave whatever lacing it can down the side of the glass. S: Features a good mix of citrusy hops and bready dark malts. It seems to feature a good deal of Centennial and Cascade. Upon further whiffs, a bit of chocolate and coffee come through. The aroma is respectable but meek. T: Not much in the way of hops come through on the flavor, or maybe itís just that well balanced? Whatever the case here, the hop profile is perhaps integrated too well into the brewís dark malts - coming off as just a well-hopped stout instead of a black ale. Hazelnut, chocolate, and subtle citrusy hops initiate the flavors, before finishing with coffee, faint cream, and roasted barley. Grapefruit tones come through more expressively on exhales. Iíd have to say Centennial hops were a good choice here - they give just enough of a hop bite and a balancing bitterness without killing the profile with acid and soapiness. M: Dry, dry, dry. There is just enough sweetness on the finish to neutralize some of the dryness after a few sips, but this will still cause the very back of the palate to be parched, even while the front has a bit of a syrupy linger. The medium-heavy body makes this more of a sipper than a chugger. O: This works MUCH better if you go into this expecting a well-hopped stout instead of a proper black ale. When looked at as the former, itís really damn good. Iíd buy it again, thatís for sure.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (416) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big light brown head that lingers and clings. Aroma is piney hop and a bit of roast. Taste follows nose with a bit of caramel sweetness in the backbone and not quite enough piney hop to balance.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
keanex (1278) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2014
Best before June 2014.
Appearance: Deep garnet/brown through the edges, the exact color of a Dr. Pepper Jelly Belly actually, with opaque black through the center. The head is short and persistent with a light tan hue and a bunch of small foamy craters on top.
Aroma: The aroma is rather weak with a mildly piney and chalky aroma. As the beer warms up a bit a sweet chocolate presence is noticed. Upon another smell I smell a cigarette like smoke aroma, not enticing. The aroma smells decent, but itís too weak to be appreciated.
Taste: The intro is mildly sweet, sort of chalky, with a slight nuttiness and a hint of chocolate. The mid-taste picks up on the chocolate slightly with a hint of burnt malts and a subtle piney hop presence and that cigarette smoke that overlies it all. The finish has a slight black licorice note that builds in presence as the beer is down the throat. Not liking that.
Palate: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. I want a slightly bigger less carbonated body in a black IPA, this is more in line with an IPA.
Overall: Iím not a huge fan of black IPAs and this does nothing to change my mind. The cigarette qualities and black licorice really seal the deal for me not liking this. At least itís cheap.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vlan1 (150) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2014
Draft Sample. Pours a dark coffee black with a off white head. Piney Aromatic notes with subtle roastiness. A solid but not bold roast malt backround. The color definitely is darker then the roast flavor. Aromatic piney and floral hop notes. Really does taste like a dark version of loose cannon.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3594) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 30, 2014
Nice and very spicy. Quite thick features but easy to drink. enjoyable after many beers in a fetsival.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2549) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
bottle. Black with one finger head. Solid malty base with some rich dark chocolate. Hops to match. Aboverage Black IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 23, 2014
bottle purchased at total wine in Springfield, VA March 2014 Pours deep brown almost black with a small beige head. nose is roasty and lightly hoppy. very roasty forward compared to hops in this one. smells like a hoppy porter aka Avery new world. flavors are roasty, lots of that copper penny note that i get in most beer this style. lots of burnt notes but has a sharp sweetness to it as well. not a bad representation of the style but not great either.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ffaoe (193) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2014
hoppy aroma. black in color with little head. taste has a slight malt front with a one dimentional hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (2992) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Ok and easy to drink BIPA if nothing noteworthy or super special. Pours dark brown with ok head and lacing. Some roast malt, light licorice and piney hops. Tap at Capitol Lounge.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2199) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, peach, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light char, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, peach, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light char, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, peach, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, light char, floral, grass, and floral/roast earthiness. Very nice complexity of bright hop and roasted malt flavors; with a great hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Westchesterco (774) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2014
On tsp at trio in kill devil hills NC. It is a dark brown color with s slight head. The stoma is coffee and that translates to the taste with dome bitterness


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