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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1187) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours very deep red with a light tan head. Pine and herbal hop aromas against a nutty, roasty malt background. Flavor has pine and citrus with roasted, smoky malts. Kind of tastes soggy, if that makes sense. Just doesn’t work out for me. Somewhat disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (1628) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Almost black color. Medium body and head. Muted, roasted malt addition seems to cover some hop flavor and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Pours pitch black with a fully receding tan head. Notes of light hop resin, black malt, citrus and grapefruit. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Hoppy citrus nose, some light roast and milk chocolate, but overall, the nose is rather weak and dull. Light to moderately sweet, moderately bitter, some milk chocolate, some citrus hops and very minerally yeast. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Draft at Quenchers. I gotta say that this was surprisingly good. The Oak and Rye were spent and I didn’t even plan on ordering this one. Aroma of fresh pine needles, touch of acidic roast, well balanced and fresh. Flavor is exactly the same, the roast does become a tiny bit astringent towards the end of the glass, lovely green pine needle taste that really complements the roast nicely. Near off-dry, easy drinking, quite clean. This glass was excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2682) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. for Hatter Days, and served to a NH pint glass with a black/brown color, rocky, deep tan head foam, and draping lace. The nose was toast/light roast, resin, citrus, maple, cocoa, wood, and a slight hint of iodine, which I hope was due to a non-thorough glass rinse. The flavor followed these with the medicinal hint fading, some roasted coffee, a little char, and a healthy dry/bitterness that continued into the finish. Less the small aroma glitch, a very decent IPA variation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Aroma:Less aroma compared to the normal Mad hatter IPA. Appearance:Nearly opaque black with nice head. Taste:The dark malt and the hops add a mild astringency to the beer. On subsequent tastes, I get a ginger ale flavor that’s very interesting. The more I drink the heavier the ginger ale comes through. Palate:Nicely carbonated, and pleasant. Overall:This is a very interesting beer, with subtle qualities.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Draft at Fountainhead. Pours a hazy brown/black with offwhite head. Nose is American hops with a hint of roast in the background. Perhaps some pine as well. On taste, there seems to be too much caramel character clouding out the hops. The roast also seems a bit strong for the style that they were shooting for. Overall, pretty meh. Not a huge fan...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6027) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Hatter Days. Pours a pitch black hue, perhaps a bit more brown on the edges, creamy big light brown milky head, cakes and laces well overall. Aromas are darker roast malts and piney and floral hops, dry and bitter, a touch of citrus, dry and bitter, roasty malts, a touch of cocoa and coffee lie beneath. Initial is medium bodied, a bit lighter with cocoa and roasted malts moving into dry pine and florals, a bit of grapefruit rind further in, moderate bitterness, dry and roasty. A mellow sweetness sweeps up from beneath, cocoa largely, almost a touch of lactose, but largely semi sweet cocoa and a touch of bitter coffee to push it. Pretty nice, not too heavy lingering dry hops and surprisingly the cocoa and mellow sweetness hang on back there. Pretty nice, not overdone, a fairly drinkable darker malt or black IPA, with a mellow sweetness and roastiness that do hang on. More piney and floral hops overall. Pretty good, but not a leader in the style as it could use a touch more body and bitterness overall. But overall, I’m just a sucker for Black IPAs, gimmick be damned

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11822) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Draft. Beige head atop cola black body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some grapefruit/earthy. Taste is medium sweet, roast/coffee, earthy, some grapefruit, light caramel. Light-medium body, some chalkiness.

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