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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.

gregwilsonstl's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gregwilsonstl (1824) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2014
[Bottle] Very dark brown in color. Small but lasting head. Earthy aroma includes light hops and some anise. Roasted malts, rye bread, moderate bitterness, some cocoa and some vegetal notes in the taste. Sticky palate, but highly drinkable. Pretty good. Tasting notes from early 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (3352) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in trade. Consumed 10/14/2012. The appearance is a jet black colored body that leaves an off-white one finger head that lasts for at least thirty seconds. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. A thin, nice foamy filmy lacing appears and lasts through half way through the beer and then spider webs into oblivion. The smell has chocolate up front with some light malty-aroma like qualities inside of a sort of coffee. The taste is balanced between the previously mentioned flavors and adds an earthy sort of hemp as well. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a dry aftertaste. It still feels great on my tongue and maintains a decent drinkability for the beer. Overall, this is a good beer for me, though the hops were more subdued than most "black ales" (mostly non-existent) I still liked it and would have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2013
FROM NOTES: June 30, ’12 Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. A: Roasted malt with some grain notes and a hint of a sweet chocolate. A: Pours black with a very small head that quickly fades and leaves little to no lacing. T: Follows the nose with roast malt and earthy notes. Finishes dry with a bittersweet chocolate. P: Medium body, smooth and well balanced. O: Much better than I expected. Very quaffable, easy to drink the whole 6 before you realize it...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (6134) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Dark red pour with an off-white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt. The flavor has some strong roasted malt notes as well as some cocoa and hemp notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoldForg (11) - Hainesville, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2013
A great dark chocolate color with a thick initial head. Nutty notes and a clean finish for a dark beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkSachon (859) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2013
12 oz bottle (screw top) from Baruni’s in Baden, PA. Perhaps a tad too sweet, but overall quite enjoyable. For a black ale it holds up just fine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
b3shine (7656) - Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft to pint. Looks solid; a transparent orangish-brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells doughy. Tastes like it smells with a weird taste that detracts from the flavor. Average (at best) on the palate. Underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (9638) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2012
On tap at Roots. Pours a clear dark brown with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a has a combination of musty pine and creamy dark grains. Flavor has dark grains wIth a pretty song grassy hop note with a hint of dirt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2012
(12oz bottle thanks to mora2000) clear brown, ring of light tan head. Nose of milk chocolate, hemp, bit of chlorine, Seeds of some kind. Taste of smoke, brown sugar, dry, bacon, Cream, medium body, medium body, well carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhp40219 (439) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Aroma - Nutty and malty, fresh cooked bread, milk chocolate, hint of fruit. Different, that’s for sure. I’d give this an 8 if the aroma was amped up a bit more. Appearance - Dark brown on the pour. Held up to light, the amber red comes through a bit more, but still very dark. Small light tan head that dissipated pretty quickly. Good amount of sticky lacing on the glass though. Taste - Nutty flavor up front with a very nice roasted malt taste, dark fruit, toasted oats, slightly buscuity, creamy. The hops, (or is that hemp), comes through very well. A lot heavier tasting than most other black ales I’ve had. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear this was a porter. Palate - Very creamy with low carbonation. Like I just said, a lot heavier than most other ales. Definitely feels more like a porter. Overall - Easy to drink and strong on taste! Probably the heaviest ale I’ve ever had. I’m a big porter fan, so this one is right up my alley. Definitely worth a try for the porter and stout fans!

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