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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (844) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Black pour with big off-white head. Hoppy and nutty aroma. Flavor is nutty, grapefruit and pine hops. Medium full tingly mouthfeel with long lasting bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle at Hashigo Zake Aroma: Bitter chocolate and hops and coffee, vague toffee notes; Appearance: slightly murky, brown, reddish highlights, good cafe au lait head, good lacing; Taste: Bitter and citric sour; Palate: Dry and slightly astringent, slightly effervescent, medium bodied; Overall: Not my favourite but I have a hard time finding fault with this. Big taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 Peachy colour with fruit bits. Medium plus mouthfeel. Not for everyone but complex complement with food. Just as good on tap 2 years later.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cirrhosis (1196) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2010
Cloudy brown or possible dark yellow, tiny skiff floating on top. Hoppy chocolate with citrus and roasted malts are all in the aroma, the aroma is both thick but mild if that makes any sense. First impression was a thick feeling brew with a flavorless biter taste. Roasted malts and chocolate are starting to appear what are good, but the intense bitterness is not meshing to well with the roasted malts. To me this type of flavor should be smooth and sweet not rough and bitter. Stupid beer. Citrusy hops bordering on peachy are being tasted towards the end. Don’t think I’m a fan of this new “Black IPA” style. Was ok to drink but will never have again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sask89 (410) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
Pours a dark brown and ruby colour with a big off-white head, fairly clear. Aroma is of floral hops, citrus fruits like grapefruit and orange, and a nice caramel malt scent as well. Taste is sweet and malty up front with a much stronger bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate. Overall a very nice beer, interesting style, worth a try.

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 (4834) - 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 (6354) - 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.


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