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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2009
A dark brown pour with a reddish hint. A small, foamy head leaves some lacing. A floral, hoppy aroma, with a slight nuttiness. Nice crisp, medium body mouth. Well balanced flavor starting with a hint of roasted coffee and ending with a strong hop note and some bitterness. A satisfying beer that can be enjoyed both alone and with steak or stronger cheeses.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3427) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2009 22 oz. Deep chestnut with ruby highlights. Small creamy disc of foam lasts and laces well. Nose is espresso, popcorn (no butter), and oak. Flavors of coffee, oak, citrus, dark-roasted walnut and bitter chocolate. Medium-heavy body is smoothly carbonated, roasty dry and thinned out well by the alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Pours a dark orange brown color with small floating particles. Thin head with fair head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, chocolate, caramel and faint roastiness. Taste is bitter resinous hops with nutty roasty notes and a bit of caramel. Smooth, medium bodied and pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FSUScott (111) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
nice amber color. smoky aroma. off white head. nice tangy hoppy flavor. great soft feel and fairly smooth going down. good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours deep red/brown with off white head, aroma is big zesty lemon and orange hops. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, orange up front leading into some smoky and bitter finish. Good version of a dark IPA, much more IPA than dark, but tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
pretty interesting brew. def bitter, but well balanced by the honey with a nice sweet back palate and finish. nice full body, the honey really comes out in the back part of the palate in all ways. pretty nicely done beer. im getting hints of porters, imperial red ales, old ales, nice variety of things going on here. i was wondering why a waxed ipa, but this may be a bit nicer and more complex when the hop bitterness thats masking it in the front and mid palate begins to disappear a bit. the honey really comes through for me in this brew in such a great way, i keep getting hints of wilf flower honey thoughout. would love another bottle of this to sit on and really see the malt profile shine in a year or so.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle. Toted as an IPA - this is much closer to a weak imperial stout. Smells like chocolate and hops, touch of grapefruit and grass. Taste is rich and smooth, very fresh hoppy tasting. Really easy to drink, pretty complex. Decent beer actually; I was debating buying it @ $9 a bomber, but its worth it to help "local" guys. I would buy it again if it was in six packs.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
22oz, blue waxed bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of roast, some earth, coffee, coffee grounds, and chocolate. Tastes of roast, coffee, chocolate, pine, some citrus, and caramel. Overall the alcohol content well hidden

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (1862) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Can I say I hate wax dipped bottle heads, it took friggin 10 minutes to get this open. Pours thick black with sprucey nose. tastes of burnt toast, dark chocolate, earth, bitter hops. Finishes chalky and dry. nice interesting brew

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, pine and spicy hops. Black hue with an average sized light tan head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is heavy sweet and very heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with an above average carbonation. Overall this is a really good brew that really should be called an Imperial Black IPA. It’s a really big beer with good roasted aromas and and intense hop bitterness. Good.


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