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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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A dark hoppy beer without a traditional dark hoppy beer taste. Light roasted, chocolate malt transitions into a smooth finish with a hint of tangerine.
Formerly brewed at Sutter Buttes.


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2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rick_91709 (198) - USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours dark black with a creamy tan head. Vaguely piney aroma. Roasted malt flavor with a lingering bitter aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (2017) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with friends. Black with beige head. Aromas of floral, pine, roast, chocolate. Tastes of roast, pine, dark chocolate, licorice, malt. Medium body with a dry finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zacgillbanks (2620) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Can from Rehills, Newcastle. This inky black-brown coloured beer pours with a thin tan head. It has chocolate, liquorice and citrus flavours followed by sarsaparilla and spices on the finish. Very similar to Anchor Our Special Ale. Superb!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paulreaney (1) - - JAN 15, 2015 does not count
Wonderful stuff. I would have given it full marks but you never know what’s around the corner. :)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidtjm (605) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2014
Tap. Pour is black with a foamy head, aroma is toffee, fruity. Taste is toffee fruity, caramel, light bitterness, finish is light bitter, body is medium, carbonation is soft. Very good

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansjelaah (1516) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle @benzai with dutchdrebus. Black with a beige head. Smells hoppy, fruity and some malts. Tastes hoppy, sweet, fruity.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (9145) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
33 cl can @ home shared by Dutchdrebus. Very dark brown to black color, small beige to light brown head. Aroma is malts, hops, lightly roasty. Taste malts, hops, bitter, a hint of caramel, lightly earthy, slightly metallic. Average to medium body and carbonation. Ok beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Draught at BrewDog Shepherd’s Bush on 14 Oct. Poured a clear, dark ruby with a dense off white head. Aroma was malt heavy, with some fruit loaf and caramel sweetness. Flavour and mouth feel were reminiscent of cola, with definite burnt sugar and some bready malt. Finish was boiled sweets, sweetened coffee and chocolate. Too sweet for my liking and lacking on the hop front.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
On tap at Junkyard, Nottingham on 8 October 2014. Listed (on chalkboard) as Ruhstaller Captain Black at 7.6% but I guess this is the one. Very spicy and grassy hops for a black IPA. Strongly bitter but not so roasty, developing a sweetness on the finish. A bit odd maybe but fine. Looks good. Dark brown with a lasting beige head.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7511) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2014
12 oz can. From alesbymail.co.uk.
Reddish brown - almost black - colour with a tiny tan head. As there’s no any kind of date on the can it’s impossible to say how fresh is this. Medicinal aroma with cough drops, Coke and malt. The flavour is raisins, dates, plums, sweetness, hoppy bitterness and sweet malt... What is this? Very sweet. A mixture of Belgian Dubbel and IPA? Very soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Starts of pretty tame, but opens up quite nicely. Lighlty floral aroma, with a good dose of citrus and lightly roasted dark malts. The malts really open up nice in the flavor. A good beer to introduce someone to the style, as it still ends up pretty mellow without being boring. At $6-7 per bomber, though, priced as a premium brand."


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