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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 83   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
A black I.P.A brewed with dark and roasted malts

Hop on the train and enjoy the rich malty flavor. The ride begins with a rich dark color and ends with a hoppy finish. We are sure you will return for another ride.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 7, 2014
From a bottle in Grand Haven MI. Pours dark brown to black with a thin off white head. Slight roast balanced by nice hoppiness. Very pleasant beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (374) - Portland, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
Very good beer, only drawback is the appearance, cloudy and muddy. Otherwise, excellent beer. Nice hop and malt taste. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Rich deep copper and light brown coloured body with a thick, four centimetre tall tan head that leaves quite the ugly lace. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, light cardboard and some grassy and herbal hops - not too bittering though. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence with a good roasty flavour at first, some lighter nutty and earthy notes and a solid but very short-lived hop bite. Aftertaste shows a hint of earth, some caramel and light sweet notes and a good hop taste filled with pine and flowers. Overall, a decent black IPA that shows more IPA and less roasted notes, but the profile is there - it just isnít amplified enough. I sampled this stubby twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchantís in Dearborn, Michigan on 02-August-2013 for US$2.19 sampled at home in Washington on 19-December-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12496) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks to my friend Joelle. Medium tan head atop dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some grapefruit, light coffee. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, light bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, light effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Appearance is dark brown/black color with a huge tan head leaving significant lacing. Aroma is earthy, floral hops and a hint of malts. It smells a lot like a pale ale. Taste is bitter hops and, again, a hint of malt. There is, however, a coffee-like bitterness at the front, but it goes quickly. This isnít too bad, but I was expecting more malt/roastiness from a black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottled coded 079 13 542... no idea what that means. Bottled 79th day of 2013? I hope not, this beer would be about six months old. $2.19 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Appearance: The highlight. Gigantic four finger head makes it hard to pour the whole thing in the glass. Rocky and creamy on top, with a soapy underlayer. Phenomenal thick and sticky lacing. The beer is a ruby black/brown color with some particles floating around. Slight haze. The label (as seen in the picture) is maroon and gold. Hm.. Mt. Pleasant? Central Michigan University? Smell: Actually really soapy... I wasnít expecting that at all. Aside from that, I get traces of earthy and herbal hops. Surprisingly, no really noticeable malt aromas to speak of, at least until the beer warms up -- then it comes out a bit. Taste/feel: I recall ABAs being more pungent than this, with some heavy roast flavors. I get a caramel and sweet malt flavor on the beginning, with a slightly spicy hop finish, with a pretty mild bitterness. A name like "Crazy Train" gives the impression, at least to me, of a really bold beer. This is definitely a tasty beer, but I have to wonder what the age is on this. Not what I was expecting, but easy to drink, and pretty enjoyable. The beer has more depth of flavor as it warms up (imagine that!), which helps the rating a little bit for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (1370) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2013
12 oz pour from bottle. Pour is a medium brownish red minimal white head, not a lot of lacing. The aroma is rather floral and sweet, not the hoppiness that I'd like to smell in a black IPA. The taste is very subtle, nothing that stands out. The floral notes and malt is somewhat present, but one of the good things is that is it does finish a bit dry like I'd expect. Other than that, not a whole lot going on. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9084) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Taster on tap at HopCat in East Lansing. Clear brown - red color. Good thin off-white head. Leaves good lace. Spicy, light roasty aroma. Piney, lightly earthy hop. Bigger body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, minimal sweet. Solid black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Pours a brilliant dark-mahogany brown with a 2 inch creamy head that persists. Fresh, sour(?) notes in the nose. Chocolate, char, and bitterness on the palate. Medium body. Light lingering with some sour(!)-smoky notes. Quite nice. Well-developed Belgian lace. The bitterness of the hops is somewhat overshadowed by the char notes. More like a Schwartz Bier - Rauch Bier hybrid than a IPA. Most persistent bitterness. Could do well with BBQ, charred, or smoked foods.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpar73 (773) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Sample at Suds on the Shore festival. Dark brown pour with cocoa, roasted coffee and a nice hoppy overlay. Well done.

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