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RATINGS: 161   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
eruizgarcia (312) - - NOV 2, 2013
Poured from the can at Icehouse. Beautiful dark pour with a thick had. Aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee... Almost too roasted, tastes a bit burnt. Long bitter aftertaste. Good overall but could have used a bit more sweetness to balance the bitter roasted taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2013
Can shared at CBC Islington during the Ryan Tasting - many thanks to Ryan the Can Man. Pours brown with a big, frothy beige head. Good baking cocoa in here, rich pine, some toasty bread. A solid black IPA on the whole. Very drinkable, pretty dynamic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (6742) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
12oz can, Steasy66 tasting at CBC Islington. Thanks Ryan. The aroma is moderate-heavy roast, lighter coffee, chocolate, and faint pine. It pours a dark brown colour with a small beige head. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, burnt notes, roast, and pine. It’s medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, another good one from Ryan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CloakedDagger (1977) - - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle 75 cl. Pours black with a vague tint of orange and a creamy, beige head leaving a neat lacework. Roasty nose with a hint of herbal hops. Rich, sweet chocolatey body with an ashy edge and a dry bitterness - deriving from malts rather hops. More so a hoppy Stout in my book - but a pleasant beer alright. 151013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle cheers to Ryan. Looks spectacular in the glass. This one has a very appealing hop profile - pine, grapefruit, citric juice, orange & lemon rind. A fair bit of roast in the taste with light milk chocolate behind it all. Bitterness is a little too astringent. Solid stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pablo951 (647) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Had it out of a can, poured a dark brown hue with a mild malt coffee aroma. The taste is a perfect marriage between a hoppy IPA and some coffee mall!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Can from Ryan. Harsh roast. Decent dark chocolate. Lovely chocolate. Not too much hop. Good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (3225) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2013
12oz can shared thanks to JohnGonk. Pours a thin black color with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, earthy hops, and grapefruit. Taste of weak roasted coffee, burnt toast, lemon rind, and grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
12 ounce can (from brewery)
Not having tried anything from Indeed I was curious after coming away with a six pack at the Great Taste of the Midwest. A solid black IPA has few flaws and makes me want to actively seek out a few more offerings the next time I find myself in Minnesota.

Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base pours with a rich chocolately texture. Soft edges and minimal head give it nice contrast. Chocolate, earthy hops, and warmth permeate the air like a malty porter.

Flavor / Palate - Burnt caramel, chocolate, and muddy hops sweep across the tongue. Transitioning to a smooth finish the texture is refreshing without being harsh. I wish I could have tried a few at the festival now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1632) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Deep black pour with a creamy, brown head. The aroma has roasted malt, pine, and some dark chocolate. It has a medium body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. The taste is mildly bitter with a very dry, roasted finish.

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