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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ejh8 (55) - - MAY 23, 2013
This is awful. Even for an IPA itís bad. The after taste lingers in the very worse way. Itís dark but gross. Hoppy but not happy. Itís growing hair on the back of our tongues like felt. Take away: donít buy beer from Framingham. F-

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROBC3366 (361) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bellco33 (169) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter: Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, malt, and smoke. Taste is really nice, a lightly smoked slightly sweet lager, lots of roasted malt, and a resiny hop kick. Medium body, dry finish. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (3113) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a dark brownish black with a large tight tan head. It quickly fades, leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus, some tropical fruit and melon notes. Mild chocolate, roast, and ash notes. Flavor is crisp, hoppy, heavily bitter. Mostly pine and resin notes, light spruce. Upfront roasted and chocolate malt notes. Full bodied, creamy texture, finish is somewhat abrupt, mostly fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (392) - 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 (5333) - 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 (128) - 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 fingerís 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 Jackís Abby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (880) - 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 (418) - 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 (910) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Rcvd in trade. Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a black/almost brown body thatís 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 (1434) - 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.

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