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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (1943) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 5, 2013
Can from Zipp’s in Minneapolis. Dark caramel roast, dark fruits, chocolate, and hop blend. Dark roast initial / carbonation and strong hopping take it up into a slightly harsh resinous attack / floats back down into pleasing bitter notes. Medium body. Interesting mouthfeel and flavor progression. Very tasty and unusual stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (395) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Can from a buddy. Very dark brown, not much foam. Hoppy aroma with some roast. Nicely balanced flavor: hops, roast, ash, coffee grounds. Solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2376) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Sampled at brewery during RBSG. From notes. Coffee and citrus makes for a real winning combination. Diggin it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2013
9/29/13. 12oz can thanks to ZMDR1975. Almost black pour with a small tan head. Dank hop aroma, touches of roasted malt aromas and acidity. Milder flavor than expected, some roast, chocolate, coffee, etc. with mild hop character. Tasty enough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1666) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Can courtesy Brigadier. Thanks! Black pour, tan head. Aroma of pine/citrus, roast, chocolate. Taste is bitter, dark chocolate, pine. Palate is dry, soft, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5156) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Can to tulip (shared by Brigadier). Looks good; a dark brownish black with foamy light beige head that dissipates into lacing. Smells good; dark malt, dark chocolate, hops, and roast. Tastes like it smells, but less robust. Nice and smooth on the palate. Good beer.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
nealblind (667) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Dark pour slight tan head. Aroma of acrid burnt malt and grassy hops. Tastes the same. Watery and bitter. Too bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
devman171 (880) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2013
From a can, aroma is light roast and pine straw hops, taste is pretty bitter, nice black ale!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1294) - Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Tap - good size tan colored foamy head, black color, pretty big piney hop aroma and flavor, mild roast malt notes, pretty good overll ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Can thanks to a friend. Pitch black /khaki head. Nose is pine, resin, roasted malt, and florals. Great palate, heavy pine / resin, florals, roasted malts, bitter finish.


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