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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This black lager combines a big roasted malt character with plentiful additions of aromatic hops. Magnum, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Cluster in the kettle, hopback and dry hop additions add a piney, resinous and light citrusy flavor and aroma. A bitter finish contrasts the full malty body. OG 16 Plato. March release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3161) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
(Embouteillée le 11 mars 2014) La robe brune acajou montre sa coiffe tenace. Des morceaux de mousse restent collés durant toute la dégustation. Au nez, des conifères de toute sorte exhibent des parfums puissants qui contrôlent les vapeurs des grains chocolatés. Dans la deuxième moitié de la dégustation, des arômes sensuels de vanille. Au goût, les houblons sont en fleurs et en conifères. Je ne trouve aucune résine désagréable dans mon verre. Des céréales rôties, des touches terreuses et des pointes vanillées s’élèvent au-dessus de la mêlée verte. Au palais, j’ai l’impression d’un corps de moyenne densité avec une texture crémeuse et un pétillement mou. En arrière-goût, la verdure des houblons et la force des malts rôtis s’unissent pour établir une amertume modérément puissante et modérément longue. Très bonne bière. Savoureuse et tellement facile à boire. Une Black IPL? Une belle trouvaille faite à Richford, Vermont.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjhall89 (36) - - JUN 2, 2014
Dark with light cafe head. Very bitter upfront and slightly sweet which fades away nicely. Despite the huge bitter taste it is very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1552) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Taster at the brewery (and a bottle to myself later that evening). Dark brown pour with very little head. Malty and hoppy nose. Nice pine forward hop taste, slightly bitter finish. Good, but I like cascadian styles to hit a bit harder on the hop front.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8411) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Nose/taste of grassy hops, light smoke, pine, resin, citrus peel, coffee and slightly burnt toast. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3151) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear deep mahogany with a medium creamy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving hella nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is very hoppy, pine, grapefruit, roasted malts, chocolate. Flavor is light plus sweet and light bitter, bursting with hoppiness on top of a solid rich malty backbone; roasty, nutty with pine and citrus notes. Drinks like a black IPA, which is of course the point. Medium body, a bit creamy. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2150) - New York, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle at home I should have grabbed the rest of the Jacks Abby since so reasonably priced but oh well enjoy what I got. Pour wonderful dark brown with huge fluffy head. Nose is hoppy and roasted. Tastes of burnt toast, roasted malt, charcoal, light smoke, pine, grapefruit, and resin. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (2525) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Sampled this at Tap and Mallet total tap takeover. After all those Baltic Porters, this really stood out. Nice hop aroma and equally big hop flavor stood out in this dark brew. Hoppiest Schwarzbier that I ever had. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Decent but weird. Borrowing from Black IPA. On tap at total tap takeover at Tap and Mallet. Not one of my faves of the night, but decent. Very dark, orange highlights. Hoppy nose of cascade hops. Nutty with alternating hoppy and malty notes. Not your fathers scharzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScipioA (299) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Looks like soda in a glass, dark purpleish brown with a small tan head around the rim of the glass. The nose is all classic American hops. Citrus, pine, and quite a bit of weed in there too. My neighbors actually started smoking as I was halfway through the glass, for a second I was really confused why the aroma of the beer go so powerful. Some minor woodsy roasted aromas and alcohol as well. The flavor allows the malts to take some prominence, surprisingly sweet and refreshing on top of the pine and citrus hops. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel, smooth and thick body that foams up a little as you swish it around. Good interpretation of the Black IPA from Jack’s Abby, it’s certainly closer to that than a traditional Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9155) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle... Pours black with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Terrific retention. Chocolate really stands out in the bouquet. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with airy carbonation. The flavor is burnt, chocolaty, roasty and bitter. Charcoal and unsweetened black chocolate in the aftertaste. Muchos gracias to biggsbowler for sharing his bottle!

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