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Karben4 Silk Scorpion Black IPA

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Filled with equal parts of intense dusky citrus hops and dark malt flavors, this seasonal is seductively smooth, silky, and graceful, yet packs a hop punch for the hop-heads. The hops induce thoughts of grapefruit, blood orange, apricot, and tangerines as they intermingle with, black chocolate, and roasted varieties of barley smoothed out with a dash of oatmeal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Tap at Karben4. Minty chocolate feel. Mild, mellow carbonation. A well done Black IPA, fairly standard in a way. Caramel and chocolate malts shine. Enjoyable, but middle of the road.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
duchowbob (9) - Windsor, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2013 does not count
From K4 Tap Room in early spring...best Black IPA I have tasted! Great balance malt to hop! Make sure to enjoy again!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
equinox1 (4) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2013 does not count
Absolutely my favorite Dark IPA. Dark roasted malt with hint of bitter chocolate followed by citrusy hop blast. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a great hoppy tingle at the end. I have had the pleasure of smelling this beer during the brewing process and I highly recommend it . Sadly it is not always available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2811) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2013
On tap at One Barrel, pours black with a thick light brown head, nice looking, the aroma has quite a bit of citrus and hops mixed in with a roast backing as well, the citrus flavor really comes through nicely with a strong malt and chocolate like finish, pretty impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1816) - Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 The best of their 6 offerings (so far). Brownish black. Beige head. hoppy aroma, citrus, pine. Medium body. accurately labeled as silky*. Nice bitterness. Citrus, pine, orange, roasty, chocolate, coffee. Nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2013
On draught at the Karben4 brewery tap room, north of Madison, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with an average sized off-white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of distinct Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) profile. Aroma of 3C’s hops, some light black malt, a hint of chocolate and caramel. Taste is medium to medium-full bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of grapefruit, citrus zest, a touch of chocolate and caramel malts. Finish is balanced with sharp citrus hops and roasted dark malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2013
On tap at Karben4 Brewery. Dark brown throughout with a nominal head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, citrus and a touch of peat. Taste of citrus, black patent malt, mild chocolate, light caramel and finishes up with moderate bitterness and some prickliness. The hops come out up warming. Decent but perhaps almost too dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
akoeninger (577) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Black beer, hops in nose with a background of roasted malt. Powerful flavor, hops are tastey and crisp, with well defined malt flavor coming through in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013
On tap at the brewery - Pours black with a thin light tan head. Citrus hops on the nose, with some roast...but the hops are the highlight here. Citrus hops in the taste, thick and sticky, with light roasted malt. Pretty sweet, with some chocolate to balance it out. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11589) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
A clear dark brown IPA with a thin mocha head. In aroma, beautiful citrusy hops with dark chocolate, caramel, very nice. In mouth, a smooth roasted malt with complex hops, floral catty notes, resinous, citrus pulp, well done. On tap at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 19 2012.

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