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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Growler from Charleston Beer Exchange courtesy of Kristin and Gary. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Nutty cocoa aroma with a hint of citrus lemon. Ashy caramel malt taste with licorice, flowers, lemon and coffee. Kind of harsh and nice at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Highly drinkable for a beer of this strength. On the malty side with a little bit of roasted bitterness in the finish. Lightly sweet at first. Medium bodied. Hoppier than a porter or stout, but not to the level of an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, hops, slight pine, and slight citrus. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a small, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, burnt coffee, oats, light lactose, light hops, light pine, light resin, and some ash. Bitterness seems to be more from coffee and chocolate than from the hops. Medium body. Lightly viscous, lightly slick, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter, bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, hops, cream, lactose, oat, and roasted malt finish is lightly dry. Why is this a black IPA? Seems more like a porter or stout. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6098) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Black, with a loose beige head. Spicy, piney aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Smooth and rich, with spicy, hoppy notes throughout. Hints of dark chocolate, as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1552) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Very interesting dark IPA, not too much aromatic hops but huge on the dry sid, giving it a clear medicinal not. Head and lacing were not all that much, cola colored

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Draught at Delaneys. Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Smells resiny, sticky, some molasses notes. Tastes sticky and resiny with some pine and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Bottle pours a dark brown brew with a tiny off-white head. Scent is roasty, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate and malty with some light bitterness on the end. Not what I had in mind but it is tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6025) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, dense brown head. Strong aroma is roasted malt, and hops. The malt seems to be overcoming the hops. Soft dark chocolate as well. Taste is big roasted malt with lesser hop notes. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee here as well. Body is medium-full with a bubbly, but creamy carbonation. Ends with a touch more pronounced hoppiness but with big roasted malt and coffee notes, light chocolate and burnt caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9107) - Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2010
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours a clear dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is a nice blend of hops and malts: roasted malt, cocoa , citrus, and hints of pine resin. The flavor has a dark roasted malt base, with bittersweet chocolate, hints of black coffee and an overall mild sweetness. The hops provide moderate bitterness with citrus and pine standing out. The finishes is dry with more roasted malt. Medium bodied and somewhat smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle from Vintage Cellar on 03/06/2010. Somewhat hazy brown body with a small frothy tan head. Roast and chocolate aroma with a good floral background. Big floral and resiny hop flavor with a chocolate and roast background. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

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