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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The first brew in the new "Ales From The Dark Side" series, Black Perle is 90-minute, octo-hopped, dark IPA that weighs in at 9.5%abv and named for the German bittering hops, Perle, that were addede during the beers unusually long 90-minute boil.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markwise (5188) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Thanks to Summer Secret Santa 2011 for this one. Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Nose is malt, grass, some hops, and a medicinal maple quality. Flavor is more like a scotch ale than a black IPA. I get sweet malt, some grassy almost piney hops, followed by more sweet malt. I held this bottle for almost 3 months, I donít know if that is too long and the hops faded or what, but this one tasted more like a scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2011
bottle at Max & Jessís - Dark brown and hazy pour with thin beige head. Aroma is a touch of butter, smokey, chocolate, touch of tobacco and huge butter and finish of astringency & charcoal. Tasty dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23044) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter aroma with hints of pine needles. Roasted malty chocolate hoppy bitter flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle/22oz - Pours a very dark and pretty opaque black/brown in color. Little head (light tan) and low carbonation. Aroma is medium of dark roasted malts and surprisingly light on the hops... some pine resin present though. Flavor is quite a bit more hoppy with lots of pine and fairly bitter too... the roasted malts definitely take a back seat to the hops in the flavor profile. Finish is quite lingering and also quite bitter. I really like the hops and bitterness, but the beer is not well balanced... at all...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChristianBlack (25) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
From notes. Bottle: Black appearance certainly looks the part. More roasted and chocolate notes than I expected. Not a bad thing. Decent taste. Just missing hop character. Well carbonated but just missing that all important ingredient hops!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Pours blacks just a touch white head. Grapefruit, dark roasted malts and pine. Taste chocolate, cream, grapefruit, lemon and pine. Mouthfeel is thick and finish is bitter grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2898) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a very thin head and aromas of brown sugar, peat, a little bit of resin. Flavor has quite a bit of dark malt sweetness-- chocolate, brown sugar, peat-like smokiness, a bit of resiny hops and a nice chocolate aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
In short: An overly roasted (read Ďtotally burntí) astringent black ipa. Just ok.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh, early 2011 release batch.
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head that doesnít leave a lot of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is of burnt cake, baked fruits and burnt grass. Not smoky, just really burnt ground coffee, grassy hops, cocoa powder, burnt toasts, chalk, vegetal notes, powder milk. Finish is dry and powdery. The beer was very astringent and with each sip it sucked all the saliva, youíll need a pint of water to drink a bomber of this beer. The powdery sensation was like taking a table spoon of flour or dry yeast with each sip. No alcohol presence at all. Despite its flaws I was able to drink my bomber with no efforts by alternating between the beer and a pint of water. This is a decent beer, but below average for the style imho. I was all crazy about Black IPAs when the style first got popular but lately Iíve been disappointed by many of them. Iím not giving up on the style yet because Iím sure there are some good ones out there, Iím not one throw the baby out with the bathwater. I would personally throw it out with the regular garbage, well hidden at the bottom of the bag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3570) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2011
bomber-dark deep mahogony hue with a small lightly tan head. dark malts, piney hops, char, roast dominate the nose. tastes like a hoppy porter along the lines of alpha klaus circa 2003. really burnt finish- very roasty and charred with piney hops underneath it all. cool beer if you like these dark ipaís. glad to have had this beer since its another state that i have been needing to get. would definately have again. however, as the beer warmed, a bit of a metallic note came through in the finish. thats usually from a combination of all the dark malt and heavy hopping. Still overally pretty tasty!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nickls (2374) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle. Dark, dark brown with a thinner white head. Fairly muted aroma: chocolate-like maltiness and a bit of smoke with some spicy hops. Hoppy in the flavor, but lightly roasted and well-balanced. Creamy lighter to medium body.

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