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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (455) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2014
Nice black pour tan head. Roasted malt aroma and some choppy characteristics. Medium smooth body with light carbonation. Clean. Roasted malt some sticky hop flavor hint of char. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5725) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
draft at Blue Monk, great beer, medium to fuller bodied, big roastiness with a load of piney hops. Would favorably match up with any Black IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msnelling09 (153) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2014
The beer pours a deep, chocolaty brown with a massive head of creamy, sand colored bubbles. The head sits two finger’s widths above the glass with a nice lasting retention and a puzzle grid of thin lacing. On the nose, the beer smells delicately of roasted coffee beans and damp pine forests. Smooth dark chocolate works its way into the nose alongside musty earth and subtle dankness. The balance on the nose between hops and malt is quite nice and intriguing. As I sniff for longer I start to sense oranges dipped in chocolate, which is quite inviting. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter with roast and hoppy bitters. The finish brings a splash of sweet chocolate and bready malts, and a pop of citric acidity also lingers in the finish. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet citrus lemon, quickly falling into bitter pine resin and decadently toasted bread, blending roasted coffee and espresso bean flavors through rich dark chocolates. Subtle grass and herbal hops work their way into the finish alongside a beautiful burp of milk chocolate and toasted oatmeal bread. The aftertaste is of moderately bitter pine resin, which sticks to the roof of the mouth. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a middling carbonation and a crisp, snappy mouthfeel that provides nice drinkability and scrubs away some of the heavier roast and bitter flavors. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left with slight spittle in the cheeks, soft bitter burn down the middle of the tongue, and a sticky resinous feel on the roof of the mouth. Overall, this is a beautifully balanced hoppy lager. Terrific pine and roasted malts tango on the tongue in a way that I very much appreciate. The closest thing to compare this to would be an American Black Ale, but this beer is miles ahead of that style in terms of balance. This could please a hop head and a roasted malt lover at the same time. Another superb beer from Jack’s Abby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (937) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a tan lacing. Earthy hop notes of dirt and leaves, some grass and faint citrus. The aroma also consists of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (639) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours Coca cola brown with a beige head. Aroma of pine, citrus, roasted malt. Taste follows nose. Very smooth and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1947) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Rcvd in trade. Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a black/almost brown body that’s a bit lighter around the edges and bottom of the pilsener, three finger white foamy head lasts for about three minutes and slowly dies as it sips. The smell has roasted malt, slightly pine/resinous, citrus perhaps (really faint), but gets more piney/resinous as it warms. The taste is dry and bitter through the previously mentioned flavors. The palate is about a light to medium, ABV is not felt leading to a decent session, comes through fairly smooth, dry bitter aftertaste and finish. Overall, I would say this is good for its style and I would have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1467) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Aroma of roasted maple malt and burnt pine sap. Dark brown with a two finger residual head. APA level bitterness for this lager, and of course plenty of semi-sweet toastiness. Palate cutting body which I found heavy but not exactly full like a porter would be. The hoppier the beer, the higher the RB score, as reflected here by a 99 style score. Bottled March 2013.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
In short: A scented-coniferous hop orgy over chocolaty malts. A Schwarzbier for the Black IPA lover. Awkward perfumy hop profile that didn’t work for me.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed super-fresh a few days after purchase, bottle from lushawn but don’t worry I disinfected the bottle.
The look: Clear dark ruby body topped by a large dark-beige head with good retention.
In long: The hop-forward nose is very coniferous, highly scented, a bit floral, and it all came together as almost perfume-like to me. Body is medium, plenty of soft bubbles, pillowy mouthfeel. In mouth the malts contribute a bit of flavor (slice of chocolate cake) but this beer is mainly a scented-coniferous hops orgy. Again that perfumy character. In a blind tasting, with the aroma and taste I would not have guessed this is a lager, this beer is so monstrously hoppy and with a hop bill that is so assertive that hops is pretty much all you taste. Very tasty but this was just not a type of hop bill that works for me. Can a beer like this be too fresh?!? I much prefer Jack Abby’s more restrained creations. Given how much I usually love Jack Abby I was as disappointed as that time I thought I bought a ticket to see the greatest movie ever but it was a triple bill showing Transformers - Blow - GI Joe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4761) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, roast, and a touch of pine. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a soapy ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark chocolate and faint caramel. The finish has moderate pine and light roast. It’s light-medium bodied light-moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Jeff!! Pours black with off white head. Hop and slight toasted aroma. Taste is very grass bitter lots of roasted malts. Slightly sweet.

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