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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Midnight Ryder – a hat tip to Bischoff’s son, Elliott Ryder – is cloaked in mystery and full of surprises. A style of disputed origins and merit, American Black Ale puts a distinctly American twist on the India Pale Ale with five varieties of malt that give this dark beer a medium body and a complex array of flavors including caramel, chocolate and a smidgen of roast. Sealing the deal are six varieties of American-grownhops added throughout the 90-minute boil. This beer offers a resinous and piney character with just enough citrus to bring balance at the finish line.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gizmo_ber (189) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - FEB 25, 2013
Can. Strong aroma and unexpected bitterness. Not bad, but I’d prefer a more roasty black than the bitterness in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1886) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Can from portableparty. Deep brown to black pour with mocha head. Nose is tarry roasted malt, sweet pine, brown sugar, and some cracker. Flavor is a slightly acidic, but full silky roast with moderate pine, mild cocoa, and faint brown sugar. Lingering pine bitterness and semi-sweet chocolate/roast. A nice hoppy stout. While the aroma was pretty average, the flavor came through on this one. Thanks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sherm1016 (1255) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Draft at MacKenzie. Pours a deep brown color with tan head and some lacing. Aroma is chocolate, piney, some citrus. Medium on the palate with smooth, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, toast, nutty, pine hops, with a light bitter finish. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
12 oz can from Zipps Liquors (Minneapolis, MN). Getting in the first grill of the year, yo! Pours a deep blackish hue, dark center, richer body with midnight ruby bottom and edges. A big cakey light brown ahead stays bigger sized, good lacing. Aromas are a richer black malt, mellow roast, bigger citrusy and pine hop presence. Chocolatey malts, some roast, dry pine and florals. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, bigger bitterness up front. Roasty touches, black malts, a good dose of piney and floral hops. Bigger dose of bitterness, touch of grapefruit rind. Really big bitter hop bite as we move into this baby. Grapefruit, pine, lemons, grapefruit juice. Really nice, gentle roastiness, biscuits. As I get more accustomed, some darker malts, cocoa jabs in and out. Mellow carmelization. Lingering and sustained bitter pine, grapefruit, and florals stick through the backend and finish. A bit soapy, firm pine. Nice fresh Black IPA that I’d love some more cracks at. Really nice. Nose is vibrant, head remains and laces well. Just a damn good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2013
(12oz can) cloudy medium dark brown, wispy sparse bubbles. Nose is quite hoppy, spicy rye, pumpernickel, citrus peel. Taste of spicy rye, bitter citrus peel, watery body that’s a bit thin.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours dark with a nice foam head and huge lacing. Aroma is outstanding with incredibly fresh pinecone and floral hops. Taste is a hop bomb with a floral bouquet and a nice piney flavor. Really nice black ipa. 1st class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2013
On tap at Nightingale. Strong aroma of citrus and floral hops; in fact, this beer has one of the more robust scents I've experienced. Great flavors, though the experience ultimately comes up short since the spritziness of the carbonation and hops strips the palate too quickly. I wish the flavors lingered. Overall quite a solid effort. Looking forward to more! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6031) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Courtesy of khoffman

Can: The aroma is moderate-heavy roast, lighter coffee, chocolate, and faint pine. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a one finger beige head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. There is some nice webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark chocolate. The finish turns to heavy coffee, burnt notes, roast, and pine. It’s medium bodied with light-mild carbonation. Overall, I would say this definitely fits into the hoppy Porter category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2315) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Can via khoffman43. Pours deep amber capped by a tan head. Nose of pine, chocolate, and roast. Taste begins with pine and roast that mellows to chocolate. Bitterness is ample and strong. Body is solid, alcohol warms at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crajun (1103) - , Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
can from Atom for winning his free beer contest; only have had a few bipa’s and not a fan of any - including this one - by looking at all the other ratings; skip mine - just didn’t like the flavor esp. back end - some hops but nothing very weird ending - dry hops??

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