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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2122) - 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 (9642) - 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 (2570) - 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. Itís a really big beer with good roasted aromas and and intense hop bitterness. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12171) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bomber from Half Time. Pours very black with a transient tan head. Aroma of dark burnt malt, chocolate and something like herbal hop. And coffee? Full bodied. Flavor is very chocolate, hints of burnt malt, more than hints of coffee, and a fair amount of varying hop. Varying meaning I canít tell what it is. Seems noble/herbal, but thereís so much dark flavor itís hard to break this stuff down. Thereís a barley wine aspect. Thereís an IS aspect. Itís finishing burnt, chocolate, dry and pretty hoppy. Thereís just way too much going on with this. Not that thatís a bad thing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (416) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Wonderful aroma of malty coffee, and taste begins a bit thin with a light bittering and slight sweet toffee taste but the aftertaste is pure bittered coffee. An interesting change of pace, not sure about a steady diet, but interesting taste and well presented bottle with itís waxed top.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (8182) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2012
22oz bottle with wax, shared with Robby. Black color. Thin light brown greyish head. Good lace. Nice light smoother carbonation. Good chocolate roasty aroma, bit of molasses. Light bitter taste. Unbelievable for 9.5%, no taste of alcohol, and drinks like 7%. Great roasty chocolate aftertaste. Great black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (8990) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, caramel, oat and herbal, floral hops. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a chocolate, mint and floral finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13605) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle shared at Sanderís in NYC. Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. Rich dark malt nose, lots of burnt marshmallows. Medium sweet flavor, more burnt marshmallows, strong roast, torched wood, chocolate. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Well roasted malt finish, some milky coffee, roasted marshmallows, milk chocolate. Pretty damn tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Hmmmm, where to start. Pine tar and oak ash aroma with a sneaky bit of molasses hiding out back. Dark and oily on the pour with a soft carbonation. The lack of hop bitterness and aroma make me question the style, although it has the caramel and biscuit flavors of a good IPA. This IS a very good ale more akin to an sweet stout or a hoppy porter. Sparkle City has a gem here!


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