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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Black as a cold winter night, this beer was designed to fit the season instead of conforming to the rules of any style category. The unique blend of seemingly enless ingredients include: toasted hemp seeds, oats, malted rye, wheat, Amarillo and Citrahops and a Belgian yeast strain. Don’t be afraid of the myriad of flavors in the balanced black ale as it is deceivingly soft and sessionable especially during the dark days of winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chudwick (2528) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 10, 2012
12oz bottle - pours black with beige head and thin lacing. Nose is oaty and roasty. flavor adds grain and cough drop. Taste is a little bitter and somewhat sweet. Medium body. Not my style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gregwilsonstl (1556) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Solid black. Very thin tan head. Tastes like marble bread. Not much taste, but smooth for how dark and bready asit is. Would be amazing with smoke or oats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours nearly black with a small tan head. Bitter somewhat herbal nose. Pleasant toasted flavor, except for a hit of something like licorice in the end that was somewhat off-putting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (1848) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Sweet sorghum licorices smell. Pitch black thin head from bottle. Taste is a bitter sweet sorghum strong flavor. Thick body. Weird flavor if anyone likes molasses it would be an awesome beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
high_on_hops (797) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Pours a deep brown with a short tan head and lacing. The aroma is faint, with some malt and caramel and a small amount of coffee. The flavor is sweet, with caramel and coffee up front and a long, sweet aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Bottle pours reddish dark brown with tan head. Smells of very lightly roasted malt. The taste is smooth and grainy, with a nutty finish. There is some fruit in it but all minimal, apple and a tangerine bitter with a seed and dry roasted nut twist in the finish. The carbonation is healthy but light enough it goes down quickly. I see moderate scores for this but I really enjoy this beer and look forward to it as a great seasonal brew. It really has a lot to offer in a low key way, no big pow of flavors, just a simple beer done very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1396) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2012
Sampled at Great Taste ’11. A nutty, roasty black beer with firm bitterness. Went down quite easy but plenty of character here. Hope to find it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1816) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2012
Excellent brew that should be year-around! Clear black color. Above average head. Very unique flavor is a bit spicy and sweet. Enough hops to provide balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiveacestx (838) - Texas, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle - jet black with a medium brown head. Had a nice rich coffee flavor to it, medium body and an oily mouthfeel. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2012
The hemp seeds have a slightly sour taste on the back end. It’s a light and clean beer throughout, but was disappointing overall.

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