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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A tantalizing twist on a unique style! This ale has a seductive ebony hue, with an aroma that is bold, full of fresh floral and citrus hops, with just a pinch of pine. The rich aroma blends delightfully into the enigmatic body of rich roasted malts with chocolatey, nutty flavors. Then ensues the tang of refreshing orange peel and a citrus hop finish that lightly lingers and then beckons you to revisit this most enjoyable seasonal ale.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aquilo (533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Black with a thin tan head. Rich aroma with molasses and pine. Flavor is nicely bitter. Overall, this is a smooth and drinkable beer, but lacking any nuance. I feel like Mendocino made this just to jump on the black IPA bandwagon.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BucannonXC5 (796) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: 12-oz. mug From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $7.49 for a 6-pack Purchased: May 28, 2014 Consumed: May 29, 2014 Misc.: N/A Poured an almost pitch-black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Drooping, layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention. Smelled dark chocolate brownie, black coffee, dark espresso, vanilla, toffee, caramel, light smoky fire, fudge, crayon and nutty malts. Kind of digging it, but reminding me more of a dark porter or light stout than a dark IPA. Tasted pretty average compared to the smell. Got bitter black coffee, espresso, dark vanilla, dark fudge, smoky fire, crayon and bitter, roasty nuts. Missing something. Just OK. Full-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. This beer got worse as it went down. I’d say I won’t have it again, but I still have five left in this six-pack. Any takers?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2122) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle, chocolate in color and taste, smells piney, decent amount of hops, caramel head, medium body, nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (4515) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
nice sweet malty aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, burnt ,bitter finish.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrSilverworm (5898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2014
12oz bottle, from Party Town. Pitch black color. Thin brown head. Bits and ropes of lace. Very basic aroma. Dark fruit, metallic. Not much hop aroma. Light bit of pine. Kind of metallic in the nose. Bitter taste. Spicy pepperiness. Not sure if not fresh or just not good. Medium body. Kind of lighter carbonation, with a strange texture. Very dry finish. Some bitter dark chocolate. Some dark fruit raisiny quality to it. Big bite in the finish, astringent bitterness. Not a good black IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (10186) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle. Red dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, pine, malt. Flavour is coffee, pine, hop, roasted malt. Bitter finish. Nice/OK beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6431) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2014
Black and almost clear. Has a light brown head, lasting. Roasted aroma, light fruity notes, light rubber. Flavor starts roasted, lightly burnt, bitter finish. Creamy, dry texture.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (2814) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
22-FEB-2014, bottle @home, from Fish & Beer. Dark, dark brown with grey/off-white head. Aroma is roast and hops (off course) but more towards malt than hops. Grape fruit, licorice, pine, smoke, burnt toast. Taste the same. Actually, Ilike it better and better. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Not a balanced Black IPA but really one of the better Mendocino:-)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Decent head but doesn’t hold long, off-white/brown. Does leave a nice lace behind. Dark brown/ black color almost completely non-transparent. Smells delicious, mild hoppiness and yeasty. Nice flavor with chocolate, hops, bonfire, and a little bit bitter. This is a very good black IPA that I will be having again and would recommend to anybody.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (chocolate / cocoa, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Ordinary, simple aroma. Rather sour and watery in the mouth. Average or thereabouts.


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