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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Our dark and devious IBA is brewed with HUGE additions of Chinook, Cluster, and Amarillo hops, features a big roasted flavor, and has the strength to get you through the cold nights ahead.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13392) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2012
Draught at Blind Tiger, NYC - at Vermont Night. Black - brown head. Nice burned malts. Nice hoppy. Lovely Bitterness. Fruity. Kalk. High malty. Lovely black IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of bard, thanks! Muddy brown, huge beige head with good retention. Aroma of Christmas trees! Bitter edge with decent caramel, balanced and interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2010
22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Small tan head atop cola brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some bittersweet chocolate, light roast. Taste is much the same as the nose. Light-medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Bottle… Midnight black ale with a creamy, beige head. Good retention. The burnt, dank aroma furnishes bong water with lesser notes of vanilla and cocoa. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is burnt, bitter, mildly acidic and acrid. Finishes tangy, carbonic and bitter. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Nice dark brown pour, cream head. Aroma is nice spicy hops up front followed by mellow roasted malt. Flavor had a nice hop bite, smooth toasted malt, damn good!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
My first LL, thanks John. Black IPA with a good roasting aroma, black bodied wth a big bubbly head. Medium mouthfeel. Not aggressive, more like a black ale with significant hopping.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8430) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
750mL waxed courtesy of nimbleprop. Pours a hazy, deep mahogany with an excellent tan to brown head. Excellent, infinite retention. Aroma of dank, fruity hops; smoke; toast, coffee malts. Taste is extreme nutty bitter, walnut skins, pecan skins, slight spicy alcohol. A wickedly intense Black IPA. 100+ IBUs all the way.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8418) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of citrus, pineapple, pine woods, roasted chocolate malt and dry cocoa. Finishes with dry roasted chocolate and pine. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
Deep black pour with a tight tab head. The aroma is great. Loads of fresh earthy/citrusy hops along with some heavy cocoa and roasted malt notes. Assertive bitterness and a long lingering floral/citrus hop flavour. The roasted note really makes an appearance in this one. I dig it - although I think the roast could be dialed back. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Multifarious coniferous hops grow through roasting coffee beans and molasses, leading to a potent grassy bitterness in this intense but somehow balanced and cuddly Black IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A persistent veil of foam surfs the darkness.
-This is quite redolent of their Chinooker’d IPA intensity-wise, and is in a similar flavor profile family to that of Smuttynose’s Imperial Stout, or The Alchemist’s El Jefe.
-The body is huggable and the carbonation soft and natural.
-The hop finish is also peppery.

Bottles and on tap a few times at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT.


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