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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
In short: A highly roasted piney-citrusy Black IPA. Above average execution of a typical take on the style. Very good.
How: Can 12oz, consumed fresh a few weeks after receiving it from oakbluff, thanks a lot Scott.
The look: Black body topped by a large dark-beige head with good retention.
In long: Nose is rather hoppy (mostly piney but also a bit citrusy) with also plenty of roast, enough roast to push forward a roasted coffee beans aroma. Taste has plenty of roast, some overcooked caramel, burnt wood sensation, bittersweet black chocolate, burnt brown sugar, a shot of espresso, assertive fresh piney bitterness with grapefruity edges. I could feel quite a bit of sweetness from this rich maltiness but the high roast level and piney hop character make for an overall dry sensation. Body is fuller than most hoppy beer of this gravity, carbonation is very lively, true Belgian Ale type of mouthfeel. Not a hop-bomb, bitterness intensity is medium, this is actually a well balanced Black IPA. Nothing original here, I’ve had similar beers many times before, it’s just that this one is of superior quality. I like a beer that is well balanced in which malts and hops perfectly balance each other, I even like words that are well balanced in which consonants and vowels perfectly balance each other, my favourite one is “beer”.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3639) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2013
Dark with caramel head. Hoppy nose. Rich maltiness comes out big later in the flavor. I get something a bit too bitter, suggesting a tackiness with time. Can.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (5975) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 27, 2013
Can thanks to a trade! Pours black with a chalky brown that lasts throughout the beer and laces slightly. Aroma has roasted malts and a bit of chalky pine hops with just a hint of grass. Flavor starts with roasted musty malts with a good amount of pine and hints of grass and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2013
Can from a generous trader. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate malt, dark roast, dank resin, pine and grapefruit. Bitter grapefruit/resin and pine finish with some chalky roast. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than medium.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
Dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is full of rye with some roasted malt and pine. The flavor is full of bitter black malt, pine, grass and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2585) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2013
Can - Pours black with a creamy tan head. Nose is juicy citrus and pine hops that are overwhelmed a bit by the roasty malt. Taste has some more chocolate, medium roast, a little coffee, and more of the juicy hops. Finishes pretty roasty, along with some pine hops. Real thin in the mouth, with some light carbonation. A little roastier than I like my black IPAs, but still tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeforeH20 (126) - Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours a very deep brown, near black with a dark khaki head. Decent head retention with moderate lacing. Aroma is cascades, definitely dry hopped with cascades, and most likely brewed with the pacific northwest big C’s. Taste is a blend of dark roasts, caramel malts, and american hop finish. Really like this BIPA, and will replace my old favorite BIPA back in black as my go to.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19665) - 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 (10359) - 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 (6022) - 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.


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