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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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. Donít 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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bif (1427) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle- Pours a virtual black color with a very small head that fades quickly and bits of lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt with some grain and hint of sweet chocolate. Taste of roast malt with and earthiness. Concludes with a bittersweet chocolate and is quite dry. Medium body, smooth and well balanced. Much better than I expected. This is a very easy drinker. Not hard to drink a couple without even trying. Give it a try.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Saw this at the local Hy-Vee and decided to give it a shot. A dark black pour with a nice tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and some sweet caramel, some hop smell as well. I let this sit out at room temp for 10 minutes or so to get max flavor and got a sweet, roasted brew. Not bad at all.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Pours dark brown/black with notes of malted grains that then go into a lightly sweet but bittering finish palate. The hops show nicely at the end and are surrounded by the malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2290) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a very dark brown with a red hue and a thin tan head, aroma is sweet with some notes of chocolate and sweet malt, the flavor was a bitter than I was expecting, has a decent amount of chocolate as well, honestly itís not all that bad.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (9720) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, earthiness and light cocoa. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of roasted malt, burnt toast and as hint of coffee with a crisp lingering roasty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3141) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Single bottle from Branson. Yeah pretty tasty overall. Not sure I can comment on how much the "hemp" flavor comes through but I noticed some nice bitterness and then darker grains and a little bitter chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2011
Tasted 3/3/11. 12oz bottle. Dark brown with a dense beige head. Aromas of cocoa and fudge and toasted cereal grains and a mild cola note. Medium bodied with a solid malt roast. Not too sweet, not too dry. Subtle fruity berry notes. Toasty, spicy, seedy and mildly cloying. Decent stuff!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted rye malt and leather aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet tingly finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2011
On tap. Pour is dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, resinous hop, and a light mint component. Flavor is roasted malt and chocolate malt up front followed by resinous hop and a light spice in the finish. Not totally clean bit still really good. And very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1311) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. The head went away kinda quickly, and thereís a good amount of of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, grain and piney hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, nuts, pine hops and some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís smooth and a bit sticky. Medium/high carbonation, and itís easy enough to drink. Itís a good overall beer, I enjoyed it. It wouldnít be hard to drink a few of these at a time.


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