RateBeer
overall
91
62
style
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
While the style is an oxymoron, this ale is an variation of our "Loose Cannon" IPA with an obvious dark note.
Available Jan - March


Sregnar35's rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sregnar35 (972) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Cask at the abbey. Pours jet black with no head. Aroma is toasty and flat. Flavor is thin and very dry, roasted and lacking hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alliance100 (676) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1637) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (707) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Passable bipa. Dark brown pour. Little hops in aroma and taste. More roasted malts and a touch of tart. Thinner mouthfeel. Nothing special.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rollinsr (383) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - AUG 5, 2014
Pours black with tan head. Aroma is hoppy citrus with some dark malts. Flavor is hoppy with balanced roasted malts. Not too hoppy. Good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enwiebe (128) - - JUL 28, 2014
7/27/24. Bottle. Pours reddish black with a big mocha head and lacing. Only mild hop nose and the body dominates by cherry coffee and chocolate notes. As others have notes much more like a thin stout than a BIPA. Perhaps it's been on the store shelf too long ann the hops faded. Isn't it a winter offering? That being said it aged well into something new. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sleipchack (2) - - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
Pours a rich black with a lasting tan head. An ok malty flavor with a touch of cherry. Nothing "IPA" about this beer though. It tastes and drinks like a stout, with only the slightest hint of hop taste... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OsuStu (49) - - JUN 6, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head. Dark roasty aroma and cherries. Rich chocolate, dark coffee well balanced against mild bitterness. Smooth and lingering palate.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (305) - - JUN 6, 2014
Opaque, dense lace, Medium body, intense flavor, silky texture, balanced, long palate. Bitter, dry but not puckering, good acidity. Intense expresso flavor. Very enjoyable, no faults but not very original. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
NeoHippie2 (992) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Black pour with a tan head. Hoppy and roasty aromas. Flavor is like a dry hoppy stout. Black IPAs like this remind me of why I’m not a big fan of Black IPAs. Tolerable but I wouldn’t drink it again.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 29


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50