RateBeer
overall
97
93
style
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2524) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
12 oz can purchased at Zipp’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota and gifted to me by Tim. Canned on 11/01/12 according to the sticker on the six pack holder. Thick, sticky head on a dark brown almost black body. Looks pretty. Hops dominate but I really like a nice cocoa/bittersweet chocolate tickles the back of the throat as it is going down. Has a medium-light yet rich body, which makes it feel like chocolate-hop syrup drink. Aroma all pine and citrus hops with an indistinct malt background. I like it, thanks Tim. Poured into an 8oz mini nonic.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1038) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2012
On tap at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis. Interesting aromas. Had this right after a Surly Mild and they were very similar, this one a bit better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3018) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Can courtesy of Atom. Sweet milk chocolate and spruce hops aroma. Deep mahogany with a large tan head. Roasty malt, milk chocolate, and piney hops flavor. Body on the light side of medium, soft carbonation. Good stuff. I love black IPA’s.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (854) - - NOV 29, 2012
Very dark brown pour, a thumbs worth of tan head. Aroma of spruce, pine, dark cocoa, coffee. Bitter up front, pine, spruce, slight citrus fruit, some coffee bitterness, cocoa, roasty. Medium body. Everything works well together here - Sessionable, with tremendous balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4185) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2012
12 ounce can thanks to khoffman43. Big hoppy pine nose. Tons of aroma. Super carbonated pour. Not overly chocolate or like some black IPAs that border on stouts. But very nicely done and tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (8937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
A very good beer, black with generous head. A substantive roast, yet takes an appropriate submissiveness to the hop story. Very smooth drinker, with a roast not a coffee bitterness in the finish. The aroma of roast, chocolate, spruce, pine combs. Thanks John.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a deep black with some lacing. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and some pine hops. Palate is smooth with a lighter body than expected. Taste is bitter, sweet, and roasted, all well balanced together at first with a very long bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3296) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2012
12 oz can purchased at Zipp’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Canned on 11/01/12 according to the sticker on the six pack holder (nice solution to the dating challenge). The pour is a deep brown black with a one inch tan head. The aroma is a light dark chocolate, fresh cracker malt, tropical citrus hops and a bit of pine. The taste is the toasted cracker malt, then unsweetened chocolate, light orange citrus fruit hop, and then finishes with a light roast and a gentle pine flavor. Nice progression of flavors. The palate is medium to light bodied, very dry and roasty in the finish. Nice one. Thanks to Tyler, and my Dad, for the assist on this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2371) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pours a deep burnt umber black color with a finger of mocha foam. On the nose its subtle with a touch of pine, chocolate and burnt malts. On the palate its a lot of the same with some citrus zest added to the roasty malt burnt chocolate mix. Mouthfeel is a touch to bubbly for me but a solid beer for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BreWedge (334) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
355 ml can via Piscator 34 (thanks again my friend!). Pours a nearly opaque brown with a nice thick chocolate colored head. Aroma is citrus, toast, touch of pine, and a little molasses. Taste is roasty malt, almost coffee like, perhaps a touch of alcohol. Full, smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Very nice beer, well done Josh!! Reminds of me a harder version of Mill Street Coffee Porter.


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 « 9 10 11  12  13 14 15


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