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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (704) - - NOV 29, 2012
Very dark brown pour, a thumbs worth of tan head. Aroma of spruce, pine, dark cocoa, coffee. Bitter up front, pine, spruce, slight citrus fruit, some coffee bitterness, cocoa, roasty. Medium body. Everything works well together here - Sessionable, with tremendous balance.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (473) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours dark with a nice foam head and huge lacing. Aroma is outstanding with incredibly fresh pinecone and floral hops. Taste is a hop bomb with a floral bouquet and a nice piney flavor. Really nice black ipa. 1st class.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiGuy68 (346) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pablo951 (421) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at the brewpub. Nearly pitch black pour with a frothy head. Big roasty malts and sharp pine hop. Delicious!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 Cask version at brewery; double dry hopped with glacier. This aroma is nothing if not weed brownies, but there’s a lot of other shit going on. Vinous character, citrus zest, dark spice, wood, coffee. It’s kind of a lot to take in, but it’s a power punch that feels good. The flavor brings a lot of pithy hops and deep roasted coffee and tobacco tones that doesn’t feel especially awesome, or overwrought, but just always really huge. Palate is fulsome and bright with tropical bittersweetness; finish draws out at length with acidic, ashy coffee notes and a parting embrace of stone fruit skin and resin that doesn’t let go. Complicated stuff. Worth a bit more contemplation, for sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcnielsen (1715) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2012
On tap at Happy Gnome. Pours a black color with tan head. Dark, malty, piney aromas. Very tasty black ipa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
750 ml bottle (bottled 9/12/12) via trade with mattyb83 and it’s only 18 days old. Hell Yeah! Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is pungent resin and pine hops. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate with some pine and a touch of citrus. The roast and bitterness really lingers. Finish is also a bit dry. A pretty nice balance at this point in this beers life. Medium body. Well done! No MN bias here. Thanks Matt.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a deep black with some lacing. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and some pine hops. Palate is smooth with a lighter body than expected. Taste is bitter, sweet, and roasted, all well balanced together at first with a very long bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Can via khoffman43. Pours deep amber capped by a tan head. Nose of pine, chocolate, and roast. Taste begins with pine and roast that mellows to chocolate. Bitterness is ample and strong. Body is solid, alcohol warms at times.


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