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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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.


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   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 (3414) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2566) - 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 (365) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2511) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
Another great Black IPA from Indeed. Dark black, piney aroma. Excellent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bookman10 (719) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 Pours a dark, dark brown with a fairly thick, lasting, creamy head. Aroma of coffee and roasted grain. Flavor is dominated by the roasted grain and coffee flavors up front, with some nice hop bitterness underneath. Nice smooth mouthfeel and finish. This is one of my favorite BIPAs and the one I most often compare others to.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (629) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Nice balance between chocolate and roasted malts combined with the backing of plenty of hops. Sweet, bitter, and spicy on the finish. Very good- Indeed!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2088) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
Draft sample. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of dark chocolate-like roasted malt, char, and piney C hops. Very dry in the mouth with notes of white grapefruit, chalk, coal, and char before a chocolate and grassy hop bitter finish. Parhaps a bit too roasty dry for my taste, but still a very solid black IPA

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1771) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Can. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is piney with nice chocolate and coffee aromas. Flavor has a nice hop start with solid chocolate and malts backbone. Very good black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4253) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Tap. Pours deep brown reddish black, small brown head, great lacing. Aroma is citrus, roasted malt, caramel, mango, coffee. Flavor is same, Light sweet, medium bitter, fading to a light bitter finish, light astringence.


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