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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The Great Dismal Black IPA, named after the wildlife refuge. The Great Dismal Swamp, in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, once used as a part of the Intracoastal Waterway, is a dark, full bodied ale, extensively hopped both in bittering and aroma.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2013
12oz bottle: pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a lightly sweet toasted dark malty nose with some fresh tart grapefruity notes. Starts with decent fullness and light biscuity sweetness with some mild roast and bittersweet citrusy hop bite before a drier, semi-tart finish. Could be a little less tart, but isn’t too far off style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2776) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Pours cola brown with aroma of pine, coffee, and roasted malt. High-hopped flavor with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MattOnBass (6) - Newport News, USA - AUG 26, 2014 does not count
The aroma is pure hops. It would be nice to get something else on the nose as well. It is a great, deep, dismal, black color with nice head retention and good body. The flavor is significantly better balanced, with roasted malt flavor to partner with the hops to make a delicious and pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4641) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle, thanks to my good friend, Chad. Thanks! Poured a dark black brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was roasted notes of malt, with some bitter chocolates. Flavor was some nice citrus hops, with a touch of earthy notes. This was pretty nice - well balanced, without a malt blowout or an over-hopped leafy hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3252) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle at the Beer Head Meetup BBQ in Falls Church, VA. Pours clear cola with an ecru head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Flavors of grassy hops with some noticeable caramel. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Imported from untappd iphone. comes as close to my memory as possible. I didnt rate it because it was meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (339) - - JUN 19, 2014
black color; piney hop aroma; piney hops on a roasted malt base; a nice, bitter dark beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AKORN (140) - Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Piney, hop aroma. Pours a dark amber with nice head. Nice bitterness with a roasted malt flavor mixed in. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9802) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, charcoal, earthiness, pine and light grapefruit. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, earthiness, pine and light citrus with a crisp dry bitter lingering roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattyKakes (92) - Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Hailing from Norfolk Virginia, is the one and only Great Dismal IPA . I’ve been frequenting this establishment since the day they opened. I even remember their test batch of this dark, complex,coffee roasted ale. It’s delicious and goes up against any contender. Cheers! In honor of Chris O’Connor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (357) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 What a great local find! From a tap at Yard House. Great rich brown color and lacing. Chocolate and hoppy aroma. Nice creamy texture, bitter finish, good beer.

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