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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Hop Noir is a delectable Black IPA, dripping with piney, aromatic Centennial hops. The malt base is dark and rich, anchored by organic black malt. This provides a strong foundation for the extravagant kettle hopping and dry-hopping that this beer experiences. Enjoy with a night-light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2016
American BIPA hopped with Centennial and brewed at Shipyard. Quite fierce gusher, spouting from the bottle neck one second after opening, but I managed to capture most of it - the few centiliters that got away are for the angels, I guess. Thickly cobweb-lacing, pale greyish beige, ’papery’ head with good edge retention, moussy and irregular, leaving an intricate web of thin beige foam in the middle; lightly hazy, very dark burgundy robe with warm mahogany hue, more or less blackish in general appearance, but completely translucent. Aroma perfectly fits the time of the year, with hints of pine wood, cedar needles, sourishly fermenting tree leaves, burnt tree branches, moist leather, moldy walnuts on a damp forest floor, dried forest mushrooms, dried fig, black tea, ripe elderberries, blackcurrant, burnt toast, soggy brown bread, old nutmeg, dried out pipe tobacco, hazelnut shells, charcoal, the white underside of grapefruit peel, salmiak, very dry red wine and something not unlike very dry manure - no offense, as this feature seems to fit in well. Sourish elderberries, unripe figs and brambleberries show up in the onset, lively but offering only the slightest hint at plum-like sweetness; umami, however, is very present to counterbalance the sourishness, in a dried mushroom kind of way; carbonation is spritzy (not surprising considering the violent gushing) and minerally, adding to the sourish effect, and mouthfeel is coarsened a bit by this, though otherwise remains supple and smooth. Dark malt core in the middle, a tad nutty but almost instantly shifting to toasted bitter and almost gaining a coffeeish roasted bitterness as the palate progresses - but before the latter comes to development, hops take over as is to be expected from the style, with a spicy, resinous, dried grapefruit peel- and pine needle-like bitterness, aromatic enough and at the same time bittering the back of the mouth. Ashy remnants of the roasted malts come through in the end and a subtle but noticeable whisky-like alcohol effect shows up, but the resinous, grapefruity and piney hop force wins and lasts for a long time after swallowing. Another beer today which made me mad because of fierce gushing but turned out interesting and appealing in the glass, this is a very typical and decent example of Cascadian dark ale - almost evoking a walk through a sombre, autumny pine forest, which is the (admittedly gloomy) kind of atmosphere I hope to find in this particular style of beer. Aromatic, bitter but not harsh, with a good balance between dark roasted maltiness and fragrant Centennial pine aromas: if it weren’t for the gushing, I’d recommend this as a perfect introduction to the black IPA style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (17832) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2016
Bottle from Beernavigator. Black with a big beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt, light smoked and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Carbonation is a bit high. 071016

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SinH4 (3194) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown with beige head. Aroma is cherry, chocolate. Taste is chocolate, some fresh yeast, some cherry. Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 24, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2016 Bottle at hotel room worden borefts 2016... Dark black.. Thin white tan lacing... Soft sweet chocolate Roast malts.. Big pine malts nose soft dark dry chocolate Roast... Dry pine

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (17738) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
Spritzig trocken hopfiger Antrunk. Angenehme Würzigkeit, rund, vollmundig. Gelungen. 11/10/9/9//9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5771) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor. Body is dark brown and thin mocha head. Nose is anice, matls, vanilla, sweetish. Taste is malts, caramel, lots of hops in there too. Quite nice - and packs a real punch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (1228) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle, pours black with a beige head. Chocolate, coffee, resin, citrus, a little on the sweet side. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvNa (129) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2016
Bottle. Color: Very dark brown to black. Fine beige head. Taste: Roasted malt, sweet-bitter coffee, hopbitter. Lively carbonation. Aftertaste: Long lasting, bitter, grapefruit. Very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
polo_marco (322) - milton, Vermont, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Nice roasted malt smell within resin and grapefruit scent at the end. Black as hell which is what I look for in a black IPA. Reach deep aromatic body semi-sweet dark chocolate and roasted malts light brown sugar in between. Medium body medium crisp carbonation. One of the best black ipas I’ve ever had loves all maine black ipas. Love that your organic and all the flavors you bring with all your hard will have more ratings. Great work!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
60minuteman (1358) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Dark pour with a little bit of head and lace. Lots of dark notes here, roast, coffee, malt, oak, earth, dirt and hop. Its not bitter but essentially acidic hoppness that creates this potent black IPA. Dark whole bean coffee mainly comes through. Pretty tasty.

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