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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6162) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmkís place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Dark brown. Aroma has a bit of dark fruits, a bit of old hops and some roastiness. Sweetish roasty flavor with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied. OK.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhatB420 (635) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2012
12oz into a tulip. Pours a coal black with a brown laced head the rings around the top. Taste is dark chocolate, malty extravagence, and hoppy interludes between an ipa, porter and a black lager. Not the best blakc ipa out there, but certaintly not the worst. the abv is well hidden here, so watch out. Aroma is hoppy, dark choco, cocoa, and roasted fig. Aftertaste is slight bitter, dry, hoppy, and full bodied. A nice offering from peaks and the great state of Maine.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11276) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle from Half Time. Pours dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Mixed aroma of resin and cat pee. Near med body. Flavor is mild chocolate with resin and a touch of citrus. Itís dry and hoppy. Not harshly hoppy, but hoppy. The finish is ashy chocolate and a lot of hop. Pretty nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2012
I enjoyed this very much, but it seemed closer to a 5% beer than an 8% beer in terms of body, presence, and how I felt after drinking it. Itís very thin....light refreshing beer with a good hoppiness and a bitter refreshing finish. The pine described is definitely present. Very curious to know if itís really 8.2% but I donít know how that could be.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandman (2110) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2012
Deep dark brown body, light brown head. Aroma is very intensively hoppy with medicinal and portwine like aromas. Flavour has lots of roasted malt, liqourice, ash and high bitterness. Quite dry and harsh finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (7159) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2012
355 ml bottle. From Brooklyn, NY. Courtesy of Brandman.
Black colour with small creamy tan head. Buttery (slightly rancid) aroma combined with nice fresh piney hoppiness and dark maltiness. Flavour is dry liquorice, piney bitter hops, medicine and darkish maltiness. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hivemind (711) - New York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2012
Tap @ FG with Erica. Pours black with big, tan head into chalice. Pretty good nose - hoppy, woody and roasty. Tastes of fresh, dry pine hops. A bit of roast in the flavor but really not a ton. Thatís where I feel most black IPAs go overboard. This was pretty well balanced in my opinion and the "IPA" was the focus instead of the "black." I enjoyed it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoR (536) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours pitch black with brownish head. Aroma of malts. Reasonable hops. Taste of coffee, chocolate. A very decent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 15, 2012
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. If I had to name the aroma hop variety, Iíd say Sorachi Ace and Iíd probably be wrong. But it does have that lemony, zesty citrus spritz over some darker malts. Hmmm. Interesting structure. Brash hops give way to a strange tanginess. The hops are grassy, very bitter, and a bit dusty. Thereís some malt body missing, for sure. I think the "black" part of this works, with good color and a little hint of darker malts, but the IPA part is too focused on bitterness and the quality of the hops is poor. Yet, drinkable. A mediocre effort, in my opinion.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pours a nice black with a fair cocoa head and a little lace. Aroma is of chocolate roasted malts, hops, some caramel. Nice bitterness, dark flavors, a little chocolate, caramel, roasted malts.


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