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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 5, 2013
Can at yespr. Dark brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and hops. Roasted flavour of dark chocolate, hops and grass. Dry roasted and hppy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11675) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
Can from Guerde. Pours black with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is a bit chocolate and smooth dark malt. Hop might be resin. Med body. Main flavor is resin followed by med dark chocolate. Fairly strong flavors. Finishes with a lot of hop bitter over a touch of sweet roast dark malt. Very different - very good. Thanks Andy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6860) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
Can shared by bhensonb. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a smooth toasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate and coffee and a bitter finish. A lot chalkier than a black ipa. This is an interesting and very tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10480) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 4, 2013
Canned. Black coloured. Dense light brown coloured. Aroma: Light roast, herbs, sweetness, hay, caramel. Flavour: Roast, chocolate, herbs, flowers, Medium bodied. Ends roasted bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (32988) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 4, 2013
12 fl oz can. Pours pitch black with a thick brown head. Aroma is roasted malty and chocolate malty. Solid bitter, chocolate and light ashtrayish roasted malty. Bitter, light chalky, chocolate and dry bitter, towards grapefruity hoppy. Chocolate and solid bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29956) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 4, 2013
Can. A dark brown beer with a huge dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and hops, leading to a dry roasted and bitter finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Not a big fan of black IPAs, but this one is pretty good. Deep, dark pour. Aroma is a little scattered - bitter roast, dark chocolate, pine, citrus. Flavor is pretty similar, though a little more harmonious. The bitterness from the roast/hops combine to be pretty intense, but still manageable. Good creamy mouthfeel. Good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2487) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Beer #2 of the night is a very hoppy robust black IPA. Lots of flavor for a low ABV beer. Tons of roast and citrus rind hoppiness. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pour from a bottle purchased at the source. Dark mocha head, uber dark clear brown body. Not much lacing. Aroma is a bit weak, some light bittersweet coco, a touch of pine hops. Taste, though, really shines. Lots of chocolate and roasted bitter malts, lots of pine hops. A touch soapy on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer, could just be a bit punchier on the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (4071) - Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Great beer. Indeeeeeeed. Nice dark and hoppy and very bitter, great stuff.


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