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Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Black IPA
Newport, Oregon USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A lively seasonal ale, assertively hopped, dark in color, and festive in taste. Debuting in November 2009, in honor of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Brewed with 2-Row, Munich, C-120, C-150, Kilncoffee, and Carofa’s Special 2 malts. Hop bill comprises Newport, Horizon, Simcoe, Continental, Crystal 90, Amarillo, and Rogue Farm Willamette. Free range coastal waters and top-fermenting Pacman yeast complete the recipe. No chemicals, preservatives, or additives. 16.5P, 68IBU, 77.7AA, 36L.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2010
22 oz bomber - Pours a deep mahogany brown. Aroma was spiced, roasted caramel and hops. Taste was lots of spices as you would expect from this style - also roasted malt, caramel and toffee with hops in the finish. Fairly dry and bitter. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 21, 2010
Dark brown rather than ’black’ this is a dence malty ale with malt charicters of caramel, chocolate, coffee and toffee to cut against this it has lively grassy, menthol and citrus fresh hop notes and clean but not overwelming bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2010
22oz bottle purchased at Jungle Jim’s. Clear red/copper pour with a thick tan head. Grainy malt nose with grassy hop and some dark malts. Grassy hop and grainy malt flavor with a bitter baking cocoa finish. Decent, but probably better fresh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Draught at the Publick House in SF. Brown with a small head. Piney, spicy, resinous hop aroma with some burnt caramel. Bitter and pithy with some dark burnt caramel flavors and moderate sweetness. Medium bodied. Interesting and not really what I think of as black ipa, but alrght stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pours mahogany with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, some sweet citrus, spicy. Tastes spicy, some earthy notes, chocolatey, butter, peppery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Hazy mahogany color/ rich tan head. Mild dark bread, chocolate, soap aromas. smooth medium body. Good chocolate, medium roast malt flavors, nicely bitter finish. The 1990’s version of MM was way more hoppy than this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 16, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a clear brownish red topped by a one finger beige head that reduces to a thick ring and leaves nice lacing. Smells of citrus hops, wood, spices and toasted malt. Starts out malty and bitter with a strong oak flavor. Pine needles, vanilla, oak, caramel and a little bit of spice finish out the flavor. Fairly bitter over all. Extremely solid and drinkable ale with lots of robust character and an assertive hop bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Very malty with notes of banana, butterscotch and potpourri with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Very floral and lightly hopped.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1859) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2010
strong malt aroma with some milk mixed in. Hazy amber color with a small white head. Sweet beginning that gets malty and hoppy in the middle fading in the finish. Sticky palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
750ml bottle thanks to presario shared with friends at a tasting.

Aroma : Hoppy, sweet caramel, malt, dry peaches.
Taste : Hoppy, quite resinous and quite fruity. Dry peaches. Finish resinous and hoppy. Notes of passion fruits.
Overall : Quite hoppy and resinous. I like the hoppy profile but I’m not sure about the sweetness. Enjoyable brew !


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