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RATINGS: 159   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5751) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Can from khoffman43. Thanks again Kyle! This one pours a very dark brown color with a lasting frothy tan head. The aroma is wonderful with lots of piney and citrusy hops accented by chocolaty malts. Potent and complex. The flavor is extremely bitter with strong spicy and piney hops, hints of grapefruit and coffee. The finish is bitter with a good dose of roasted malt. this is one of those beers that reminds me how good this style can be when done correctly. I’m really digging this new brewery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4868) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Black color with a small head. Strong piney hop aroma. Very strong bitterness. Piney and dank. Light roasted malt. Very dry. I personally loathe Black IPAs... and this one sold me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2391) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 December 15, 2012 on tap at brewery. Dark brown pour with nice head and lacing. Roasted malt, hops and spice in aroma and taste. Slight bitter finish and light carbonation. December 26, 2012 can from Blue Max. Pour is very dark with some red at the edges. Chocolate also in the aroma. No change to my ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Can: Dark brown pour with a medium tan head. aroma is chocolate and pine. Milk chocolate sweetness combines with light burnt malt and piney bitterness. A bit thin in the body towards the finish, but nice rounded out roasted malt flavour with a lingerinng bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1084) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3623) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1352) - - NOV 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6575) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (11176) - 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.

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