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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
IPA brewed with black malts which add dark roasted flavors. Dry hopped. Centennial finish. Pairings: Aged cheddars, arugula in vinaigrette, portabella sir-fry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3575) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
22oz bottle ’11 Vintage 8/17/11 (Binny’s Plainfield)-46° in Shaker-Pours black with a two finger tan head and an aroma of hops, malt, and citrus. Taste of hops on the front end with the roasted malt and slight chocolate on the back end. This medium to full bodied brew is not bad but I was expecting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a medium-small, fizzy and bubbly light tan head, medium-short retention with fair to good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, floral hops, light fruity esters, and some earthy spiciness. Flavor is moderate floral and perfume hops with roasted malt and fruity esters; finish is dry and thin. Light body, medium warmth and carbonation. This Black IPA lacks supporting malts; the hops are fine, but there is no real body to this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9083) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2011
22oz bottle, 2011 vintage, purchased from Dutch’s for $5.99. The bottle cap said "ferment" underneath it. Was I supposed to cellar this 5.5% black IPA? Too late now... Near pitch black appearance with a red hue, light brown head fading to minimal. Light lacing. Very malty and roasty, but too light on the hops for me. More black than ipa. Unnecessarily dry, but good aftertaste. Also, 5.5%? Low even for a normal IPA, and odd for a bottle that seems to encourage aging. I’m a novice, but don’t low ABV brews age poorly? What’s your secret, Black Hatter? It is reasonably drinkable, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Bomber from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, opened 6/17/11. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, caramel and a faint bit of roastiness. The taste is citrus hops, roasted malts, chocolate. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Tasted on 8/5/11 on draft at Inovasi. Pours a very dark brown with an auburn tint, and a thin beige head that slowly recedes to bubbly uneven lace. The nose has some roasted, almost burnt, notes of dark chocolate and brown sugar along with some resin and grapefruit peel hops bitterness. The flavor is more hop-forward with the resin and grapefruit peel hops the focus, and the darker roasted chocolate and brown sugar malts acting as a backbone. The body is just lighter than medium with average carbonation and a long bitter resin hops with underlying roasted chocolate malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hair6a11 (1435) - Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a frothy beige head that retains on the average side in this glass. Sticky lacing is present here as well. The nose is typical roasted chocolate malts, coupled with an earthy note. The flavor profile I found a little thin and muted for my tastes; The Hop profile is clearly there, as is the roasty malts, but theres not much in the way of character through the center of this beer; finishing a little dull and metallic , actually. Its a drinkable example of a style I’m frankly not very fond of to begin with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11748) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bomber courtesy of BeerandBlues2 (thanks Brad) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, roastiness, coffee, citrus and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, roastines, orange zest and light pine with a smooth moderatly bitter roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice light toasted malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (3002) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2011
pint at Tyler’s Apex. 6/14/11. Ok aroma, bitter roast malt, citrus, grapefruit and orange. Orangy brown color, ok head and lace. Bitter flavor, Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Meh, forgetable really, just not grabbing my attention.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Pours a very dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Roasted malt aroma with a nice balance of earthy and citrus hops. At first the malt overpowers the nose with hints of chocolate, coffee bean and licorice but as it warms the hops become more apparent. Hints of earthy pine along with some grapefruit and lemon peel. Medium bodied with a good balance of dry, bitter, earthy hops and deep roasted malt. There’s a blast of bitter earthy hops up front with hints of soil and pine which is countered by some sweet citrus. The citrus character isn’t as strong as the nose suggests with faint hints of grapefruit and citrus rind. The dryness from the hops is complimented by the deep roasted malt flavor. Hints of coffee bean, dark chocolate, burnt toast and licorice. Overall this was okay but not the best of the style. Decent balance but the hop profile is one dimensional and the malt presence is a bit heavy for my liking.

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