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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1522) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2011
22 oz bottle from the local Market Basket. Pours black with a 1 finger mocha head that never completely recedes. Good lacing. Roasted malt nose with coffee and chocolate notes. Thereís a hint of hops in the scent, but just a hint. Flavor starts with an acrid bitterness that mellows a bit as you get into it. Some sweetness shows itself along with some citrus notes. Medium in body with a good level of carbonation. Tasty enough to get again and reasonably priced at $4.99.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Peak Organic Hop Noir is a brownish black ale with a brown sugar colored head thatís smooth and dense, lasts forever and covers the glass with solid sheets of foam. It has a bold citrus aroma that is a lot like mandarin orange or tangerine. There is a hint of roast to it, like coffee. Itís pretty full bodied, smooth and foamy. The finish is pretty dry and a little acidic. It leaves the teeth feeling a little gritty. It has a pretty bold flavor thatís quite bitter and a little sweet. Flavors of mandarin orange, toffee, dark chocolate and pine resin mingle through the taste. Both the citrus flavor and the roasty, almost ashy, flavor linger well after the swallow. This is pretty richly flavored, so itís not really for chugging, but I donít let that stop me. Iím a big fan of this style and these guys did a good job with it. Itís a little palette blowing, so donít have it before dinner.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Pours three finger tan head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is burnt coffee with a long lingering burnt coffee after taste. $5.49 for a 22 oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a short-ish lived khaki head. The aroma picked up roasty black malts and a whole hefty dose of fresh, green hops (pine resin led).. tangy on the back of the nose, with enough sweet, complementary malts there too. The flavor opened with tangy pine bitterness, with semi-sweet molasses and black patent maltage rolling in shortly afterward.. if the malts were more interesting, this wouldíve really worked, as I dug the way the pine worked.. still tasty stuff. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with very good balance.. good one.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
ChainGangGuy (4348) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2011
22 ounce bottle - $6.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a tall, well-frothed, tan head.

Smell: Hop Noir smells of a vicious degree of roastiness, beyond roastiness, even, to intensely burnt, cauterized malt. Not just kilned, but killed. Underscored by meek hints of pine and citrus to timid to tackle the still-smoldering maltiness.

Taste: Beings immediately with a strong, sharp roastiness, with an unpleasantly acrid tar-like taste. Low sweetness. Sadly, subtler tones of chocolate or coffee are totally squelched by the astringency. Fire-scorched pine bark and citric citrus fruits are present, though enveloped in the roast, as is a bitterness, which only serves to compound the astringent quality of the beer. The a dash of spirits. Woof. Lingering burnt char on the tongue beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Those black malts sure can be a harsh mistress. The bottle immodestly described it as being "delectable," though I found it hardly even drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kassner (1338) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2011
This beer is on tap at Mad Mex. True black IPA, much more emphasis on the hops rather than an impoerial Stout, Dry hops but lots of resin and tar. Not quite a Storm King but good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8358) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle from Zynís in Calgary. After having had the BC Collaboration Black IPA the day before, I was underwhelmed. Thick roast, but this is on the mildly astringent side. Above average bodied, very black. Not as integrated with the hops and roast that I would like.Not tremendously drinkable, and strong carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Thanks to Alex for this... Pours a nice black color, a decent light tan head... The nose is a little light, cascade, lots of hop, a bit of ash... Soapy but has a nice malt balance, too bitter

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2011
[3730-20110513] 1pt6floz body. Rich toasted malt aroma. Black body with a long-lasting creamy mocha head. Bitter roasted grains and boozy malt flavour. Full body. Something about it strikes me as odd, maybe too much roast. (7/4/6/3/14-) 3.4
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, HogTownHarry, jerc)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4118) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2011
22oz bottle, Foil wrapped, Twist-off. (Why put foil on a twist-off?) Very dark, black color, thick tan head. Awesome lacing coming off of the full cream. Instant scent of pine hops. Even from the empty bottle. The result of a nice dryhopping. Other aromas under the pine are burnt roasted barley, some molasses, and a zest of grapefruit. Wooded hops bitterness is the dominating character along with some burnt tire rubber, distant is the malt flavors. Basic chocolate and black patent malts. Burnt, charred, and roasted. Finishes with an obscene amount of licorice bitterness. HARSH bitterness from start to finish. Malt backbone adds a full bodied texture, you donít see it past all of the hop. 6,5,6,1,16


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