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RATINGS: 157   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.

nsquishee's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (637) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Nice balance between chocolate and roasted malts combined with the backing of plenty of hops. Sweet, bitter, and spicy on the finish. Very good- Indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (1229) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2016
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured dark brown, cola like, minimal beige head but nice spotty lacing all over the glass. Aroma of pine, caramel and some chocolate. Taste is hoppy, slightly bitter, super well balanced with malts, roasty coffee. Very good, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (3831) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Can to glass. Nose is deep cocoa, fudge, breadth, piney. Damn. Actually a beer I like to smell. Taste is moderately ok. Fine. You know what. It’s not bad for a style that sucks balls. But that’s like being the ugliest midget. You’re still a midget. Bleh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
12 oz can. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nose is tangerine, cocoa and pine. Medium to full body with a buzz. Substantial stuff. Taste is cocoa, pine needles, espresso and broiled grapefruit. Searching for a bit of sweetness. Bitter, bitter doesn’t work for me. Better than most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1468) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Very black, brown head. I like that it’s far more ipa than most black ales--still has some roast character, but a lot of hop to it. I bought a growler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1331) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
Type: 12-oz. can Glass: Manzanita pint glass From: My cousin Sam Price: N/A Purchased: N/A; Received July 24, 2015 Consumed: Aug. 7, 2015 Misc.: Canned on May 27, 2015 Thanks Sam! Poured a black color with four fingers of frothy, tan head. Very nice among of layered, uneven, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good-to-very good retention on the top. (Sight - 4.13) Smelled dark chocolate, black coffee, toffee, caramel, roasty malts, licorice peppery notes, smokiness and light Citra hops. More hops, but not sure what kinds. (Smell - 4.00) Tasted bitter black coffee, dark chocolate, roasty malts, black licorice, smoky fire, burnt toast, toffee, caramel, Nugget and woody pine. (Taste - 4.00) Full body. Slick-to-chewy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, roasty finish. (Feel - 3.88) This was a pretty good black ale. It reminded me a lot of the Surly Blakkr which I had recently, but not quite as good. (Overall - 4.00) 4.02 90 A

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (19881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Draft at GTMW. Thank you Louis for the recommendation! Pretty much black, brown head. Aroma of floral chocolate with light pine. Taste is bitter chocolate, burnt espresso. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jkennemer (3) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2015 does not count
Had a can from a 6-pack poured in to a pint glass in Mankato, MN. Very good well rounded black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2015
12 ounce can courtesy of TheHOFF43. Thanks! Dark brown, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, mild floral hops. The taste is roasted malts, nuts, dark chocolate, herbal almost piney hops. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Tap at the brewery. Pint glass. Black with tan head that sticks around for drinking enjoyment. Roasted malt and some citrus hops on the nose. Some smoke. Taste is pretty standard black IPA but it’s above average. Lots of hop with a roasted malt backbone. Little chocolate and coffee. Really enjoyable hop-centric effort that is a good flagship for the brewery. I’d purchase with my one last silver dollar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnurda (1233) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
Canned sample from Whole Foods in Minneapolis. Pours very dark with minimal head. Absolutely delicious blend of malt and hops. Cant wait to have this one again.

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