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RATINGS: 73   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.


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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Disappointing. Bland black ipa. Light citrus. More of a watery black lager. Not great ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Satyroneto (186) - BRAZIL - MAR 31, 2015
Cor marrom quase negra com sedimentos grosseiros em suspensão; espuma bege de baixa formação e média persistência com excelente lacing. Aroma de flor de laranja e de lúpulos cítricos; em segundo plano um torrado de café. Sabor de início amargo cítrico intenso com leve toque de laranja evoluindo para um final torrado que é logo substituído por amargor intenso; retrogosto adstringente e leve torrado; corpo médio e baixa carbonatação.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamT (228) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Black hue, zero visibility with mostly diminishing light khaki head. No lacing. Citrus orange peel, dark malt, dark fruit, licorice aromas. Taste of prunes and dark fruit up front with a light citrus (orange) finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (4057) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - NOV 23, 2014
Black body, stable head, looks nice. Fruity, malty, bitterness but not very fresh, rather sweaty. Far from a Belgian ale, donít get me wrong, but itís not super clean. Chocolate palate, medium bitter. Simple ending. Itís nice. (33cl bottle brought from California by Flavia, many thanks!)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (7864) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2014
12 oz bottle brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY. (World Market) Chattanooga, TN.
Dark reddish brown colour with a small light tan head. Dark malt, oatmeal, mild smokey notes, bacon (?) and mild hops in the aroma. The flavour is toasted malt, mild hops, mild bitterness, chocolate and some sweetness. A bit thin but otherwise quite nice Black IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiercepanda (606) - Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2014
A black beer with a small beige head. The aroma is roasted and smoky malt with citrus. The flavor is burnt and pith, like a burned chocolate orange candy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (430) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours black with lacing head into Sprecher pint glass. It seems strange to get such a citrusy nose with a ale that looks like a porter. The flavor gives way to a robust smokey/charred flavor with a tinge of orange. It is quite pleasant and I was expecting this at all.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
slowrunner77 (6547) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Seems that a. this wasnít fresh (or just poor quality) and b. there wasnít enough good things going on. Floaties galore, followed by a nice hearty black roasted aroma with faint orange. Flavor and feel don;t match...too thin and the flavor is weak, and a little off/tart. Iíve had too many far superior in the style to try this again."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jrwhitney6 (346) - - SEP 9, 2014
Beer of month club. Pours dark brown with some foam that quickly recedes. Nose is subtle but has pine/citrus of IPA with a touch of roasted malts. Taste has some roasted malt up front, then citrus and I do taste the orange peel which blends reasonably well with the hops on the finish. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steverus0 (216) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - SEP 7, 2014
*had the beer after a Bell's Hopslam Pours a great black with toffee head. Roasted malts and caramels show up on the palate alongside hoppy bitterness, but the hops show up to early in the profile and ruin the roasted enjoyments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4034) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Draft in a standard pint glass. Huge off white head that left sheets of lacing on a black liquid. Aroma is pine and mild citrus hops with chocolate malt. The flavor is much the same with a good chocolate malt to pine hop balance. The bitterness is a little length with pine being more dominant than the citrus. The body is pretty thin. If the body was beefed up it would rate higher. I guess it is lighter for the summer months. Still would like more body.


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