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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhp40219 (301) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Aroma - Nutty and malty, fresh cooked bread, milk chocolate, hint of fruit. Different, thatís for sure. Iíd 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 Iíve had. If I didnít know better, Iíd 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 Iíve ever had. Iím a big porter fan, so this one is right up my alley. Definitely worth a try for the porter and stout fans!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkSachon (560) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2013
12 oz bottle (screw top) from Baruniís in Baden, PA. Perhaps a tad too sweet, but overall quite enjoyable. For a black ale it holds up just fine.

4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5098) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1284) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1475) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4757) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle. Lightly grainy, lightly toasty nose, caramel base with spicy rye and a nice dank/woody contribution from the Amarillo. Light chocolate tone. Copper-highlighted brown with a sudsy tan head. Black taste, light roast with light citrus accents, lots of beautiful silken chocolate tones (as a chocolate porter) and some burnt coffee. Dryish and crisp, low bitterness, a little hop grit and stickiness. Medium body and very easy drinking. Really enjoyed this as a layered, complex beer for every day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2011
12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tight bubbled tan head. Bottle conditioned. Dark malts, chocolate along with a bit of citrus hops in the aroma. Lighter sided of medium bodied. More chocolate malt and maybe some black patent in the flavor. Decent amount of hop bitterness. Dry malty finish with the chocolate malt lingering. Instead of a black IPA, just a black PA or is that an oxymoron! Very drinkable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6295) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8029) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Belmont Party Supply. Pours a near black with a medium sized tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty notes, caramel and bitter hops. The taste is big citrus notes, some spicy rye, some roast and caramel. Medium bodied. Good beer.


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