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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. 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983 (2761) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Pour is a deep black with a shallow light tan head. Aroma is roasty and chocolaty with a flavor that is again roasted malt with some chocolate. The hemp seed is very different and hard to compare. A very good brew and very drinkable.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
edwardbass (552) - Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Maybe mine is off. Pours black, small head. Hoppy, malty aroma. Taste is very sour, with hop bitterness. Not very pleasant at all.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Pours dark brown with some amber highlights and an off whit head. Aroma is hoppy, roast malt, spicy. Flavor is earthy, light roast, spicy notes, with a good bit of hop bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Nearly perfectly black colored body with a little bit of mahogany red at the edges when held to light. There is a light khaki head on top. The nose has anise and must. There is also a little bit of walnuts and black tea. The taste is black tea with some anise. There is also some walnuts and a little bit of bread dough. Nicely made.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Bottle. Poured a jet black color with a tiny brownish head that was gone as soon as the beer was poured. Aroma was earthy, some caramel, and citrus mixed in. Flavor was herbs, pine and some grass/leaves. Aftertaste was mild bitters. Medium body. Oily and sticky aftertaste. All in all a decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2011
12 oz bottle from Archers. Poured a dark thin black with little to no head. Smell like roasted carmel malts and lite hops. Taste is similar, thought this could have been a Schwarzbier, lots of similar charachteristics of one. Overall a pretty decent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Pours a deep chestnut brown with a big semi-loose head. The aroma is fruity and earthy with a nice bright hoppiness. The aroma is big up front but doesn’t work in a whole lot of complexity. The flavor is bitter, really quite bitter. There is some nice burnt toast going on here witch matches oddly well with perfectly cooked toast. There are some fruity hops in there as well. An interesting beer, and much better than the amber colored hemp beer they made.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4193) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 11, 2011
12 ounce from HyVee. Big black body. Pours a big head that fades. Strong hop aroma but not in the body. As someone else here wrote, not so much a black IPA but a black pale ale. Drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3304) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasty and chocolate. Flavor is again roasted malt with some chocolate with some odd spice at the end which i guess is the hemp seed but I’ve never had a hemp seed in my life to compare it to. Odd in a good way and quite drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6842) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Draft pint at the HandleBar at their Thursday night trivia. Pours a very dark brown, just about black, with a thin, creamy khaki cap. Aroma of earthy hops, roasted malts, toasted oats and grains, brown sugar, citrus, and resin. Flavor of earthy hops, roasted malts, grass, earth, rye, toasted brown sugar, oats and cereal grains, and faint citrusy resin. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, roasty, earthy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice balance of hop bitterness and roastiness. Exceeded my expectations for sure. Cool beer.


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