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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Pours very dark with a thick, lasting almond head and good lacing. Aroma is rich caramel, roasted coffee bean, pine and citrus hops - in that order. Taste is a wave of pine and roasted malts together. Roast is gentle in itself, but the cocoa coffee taste adds to the piney hops to form a lasting bitterness. Nice mild roast in the aftertaste, with the hops hanging on to sustain the bite. Palate is great - medium bodied, rich, and well carbonated. Overall this is a very good take on the style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiGuy68 (393) - Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2013 Tasted from a 12oz can. Poured a deep dark brown with a thick frothy brown head. Minimal malt aroma and rich malt taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nellycale (172) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Can... Pours black with a mid-sized, pillowy, taupe head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is an intermingling of burnt grains, dark chocolate, caramel and pine. Light to medium-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor is roasty, burnt and bitter. The finish is crisp, coarse, bitter, and then Sahara-dry. Can courtesy of Bvery!</B/> ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
musinj6 (383) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Pours an opaque black with small head and moderate lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt up front with some subtle grapefruit hop in the background. Moderately bitter throughout. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation. Long, full bitter finish. this is well crafted. I like this a lot. It starts off almost as if it’s going to be more like a porter, but the hops catch you to remind you what you’re really drinking. Bravo to this.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2013
On tap. Nice brown pour. Aroma is citrus and pine resin. Flavor is aspirin bitter and nothin else. I love good hoppy beers, but this is way out of balance. Not good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Can... Pours black with a mid-sized, pillowy, taupe head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is an intermingling of burnt grains, dark chocolate, caramel and pine. Light to medium-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor is roasty, burnt and bitter. The finish is crisp, coarse, bitter, and then Sahara-dry. Can courtesy of Bvery!</B/>

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11328) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Draft. Medium tan head that leaves nice lacing atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some orange, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, coffee, light roast, orange. Medium body, light acidity, low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
12oz can, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Really dug this one. Pours a deep chocolate-brown, with a pillowy tan head that lasts; great lacing. Bitter chocolate, a hint of caramel, and some nice citrusy/piney hop character in the nose; focused and engaging. Medium mouthfeel with medium-high CO2; a nice spritzy carbonation and citrusy hop liveliness at the front of the tongue; a sturdy grapefruit and piney bitterness at the core; around those core points of contact are those darker notes: bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, hints of an oily, toasty nuttiness (likely taking some of that oily feel from the hop resins); a really nice black IPA, one of the best I’ve had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (4269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2013
12oz can from some kind individual. Opaque brown-black body with a big, foamy, beige head. Oliy black malt and a steady citrus backbone. OK, not my favorite example of the style, a little sticky and sugary. Rich and full bodied, certainly not thin or lacking ingredients. Doesn’t quite come together.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1262) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2013
On tap at Bulldog Northeast. Dark and hoppy up front. Lots of pine and herbal spice layered with smoky chocolate. Decent enough, but I am still not a big fan of this style.


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