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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

CaptainCougar's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (378) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Aroma: floral, citrus, grass, Appearance: dark amber-brown, tan head Taste: light sweetness, medium bitterness, roasty Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1568) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a frothy beige head. Smells of citrus hops. Taste is citrus, pine, a hint of roasted malt. Not terribly flavorful, but decent. Light floral notes finish this off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (4093) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Dark brownish black with beige head. Aromas of licorice, rye, pine, light chocolate. Tastes of roast, rye, spices, floral, pine. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty good black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle from trio. Pours soda brown with a ice cream float head. The aroma has a lot of spicy hops, roasted malt, a touch of coffee. The taste has a medium bitterness, plenty is roasted malt, spicy and herbal hops and a touch of citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (5924) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Light roast and citrus. Pours black with good head. Some peel astringency in finish. Doesn’t hang together super well. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6520) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Newport News, Va - 2nd Street American Bistro - 12 oz. bottle. Deep dark as coal pour with a thick sticky mocha colored head. Aroma has some eggy accents, a brief touch of spruce. Flavor is full bodied and delicious. Nice bittersweet citrusy accents, a touch of licorice, some minty rye accents, some nuttiness. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Very decent - will look for more from this brewer while in the area.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5230) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Deep dark brown coloured body with a lighter cola glow at the bottom, all with a soapy-ish two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bunches of grassy and herbal hops, some soap/cleanser and a bit of lactose and cream in the mix as well. Medium-bodied; Very assertive and nice roasty malt flavour at first that gives way to a touch of coffee, but followed well by some smooth hop bitterness and a more obtuse bitterness at the end with hints of chocolate. Aftertaste is well-rounded with a good balance of malts and hops, some smooth sweetness and a bit of a bitter flavour more from the roasted malt than the hops, but still showing well for the style. Overall, a surprisingly nice Black IPA that shows pretty much what the style should taste like, but without a ton of complexities - still a good beer to sample if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from The Wine Rack (Exxon Gas Station) in Olney, Virginia on 06-March-2015 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for US$1,50 sampled at home in Washington on 12-June-2015.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (824) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a big malt aroma with a hint of coffee. Appearance- This beer is dark brown to almost black, with a small beige head. Taste- Has a big hop and malt flavor, very good. Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (5167) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Tap. Pours clear reddish black, medium creamy tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, tobacco, faint pine. Flavor is light plus sweet, light plus bitter, roasty, pine, grapefruit. Medium body. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Dark and cloudy with a large, puffy, khaki colored head and good lacing. Some resinous hops pop up in the aroma before the roasted malts move in. Earthy, toasty flavors of the strong malt backbone are well balanced by citrusy/herbal hops. Bitterness and alcohol are noticeable in the aftertaste. Medium-to-full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel leading to an average length finish.

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