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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This dark brew is a very unique creation originally conceived at home by one brewer. It is a combination of styles that came from his love of Stouts and Porters coupled with his thirst for bitterness and aroma found in an IPA. It is an IPA with a heart of darkness, an India Black Ale.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (734) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours black as night with a beautiful garnet tinge under a bright light. Topped with a rocky, foamy medium tan head, the aromas are charred wood and chocolate with a bit of a vegetal note. Those follow through in the taste with a touch of molasses and licorice. The body is quite dry with a bitterness that seems partly hops and partly charred grain. A citrus/grapefruit bitterness finally reveals itself as the beer warms. Washes out nice and dry with residual char and light bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is on the light side for a Black IPA, but the way this is constructed it is perfectly appropriate. Very tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - JAN 28, 2012
On tap at the Davis Graduate
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, caramel and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate and piney
Very good

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
bottle from total wine. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Flavor is heavy on chocolate. A bit earthy and piney. reminds more of a hoppy porter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1062) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 18, 2012
~Resinous piney hop aroma with chocolate and roast in background. ~Pours black with small creamy brown lasting head. ~More roast in flavor than in aroma. Roasty, slightly burnt malty flavor, tar and tobacco, with big backbone of piney resinous hops. ~Full to medium bodied with med low CO2, some astringency, lasting burnt and resinous tar finish. ~Not my favorite style of beer, but this one was enjoyable. Could only drink one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4553) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
22oz bottle. Mostly clear dark brown, with light tan head. Citrus, dry chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and piney hops. Medium body. Ok

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle. Black color/ lasting tan head. Pine, floral, dry chocolate aromas. Light to medium bodied. Dry black malt, semi sweet chocolate flavors with pine, caramel. Drying bitter finish--decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3339) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle; poured a black color with a huge enormous head. LIngered forever. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, earthy hops. As these hybrids go, the flavor initially impressed me in the subtleties. A nice balanced between the roasted and hoppy notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetmaxx (752) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Poured from the bottle into a shaker. Aroma is of hops, citrus hops. Flavor takes the "dark side"of this black ipa on that it is almost pure roast flavors, coffee, somebitterness. Overall well balance with the roast and hops. Really really good example of a black ipa.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5635) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(Bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) very dark brown with soapy tan bubbles. Nose of umami, brown sugar, sweet, hoppy, and orange peel. Taste of chocolate, moderately rich, slight metal, bitter dark chocolate. Nice mouthfeel and linger.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
(Bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, light char, grapefruit, and pine. Flavor of roasted malt, char, grass, and citrus with a dry, bitter finish.


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