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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.

cladinshadows' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cladinshadows (40) - USA - NOV 7, 2012
Black-brown but clear with some very dark ruby highlights when held up to a light. Very small head dissipates quickly but leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is excellently balanced between hops and chocolatey malt, though both are fairly subtle. Up front flavors are toasty-malty-lightly sweet and grapefruity-pine. Finish is appropriately bitter but itís a nice, balanced bitterness between the chocolate malt astringency and hop bitterness. Body is light-medium and carbonation is slightly low, which is great for the balance of this beer and lends a certain creaminess to it. Overall a very nicely crafted black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1282) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Keg @ Port Street Beer House. Pours very dark brown with creamy tan head. Has a fruity Vimto character alongside resinous hops and roasted notes, with a smooth mouthfeel. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, quite fruity, dry roasted malts, sweet, bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (2740) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 27, 2014
12 fluid ounce can (wtf America? Go metric already) from Beers of Europe. Pours clear dark brown thin beige head. Good resin aromas, light chocolate and pineapple. Taste is biter, Vertu light roast. Corking black ipa, on a par with the kernel!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2014
27th April 2014
Opaque black - brown beer, tidy pale tan head. Palate is smooth and airy with good fine carbonation. Very mild dark malts, a little cream and a whisper of dark chocolate. Smooth piney hops with a trace of orange citrus. Smooth finish. Nothing shouty about this, itís just a fine smooth cda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1081) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Perhaps it is because this bottle might have gotten cooked on the ride from Tahoe to the Bay, but this didnít have much hop presence and tasted more like a porter. Lightly bitter, clean finish. Malty, sugary body. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Can shared in London - many thanks to Colin. Pours clear, dark brown with a fine, creamy tan head. The nose has toasty pine, brown bread. Medium sweet flavor with sugary brown bread, grains, pine, ripe citrus, grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly resinous on the finish, some brown bread. Lightly aged pine, hints of toasted caramel, brown sugar, dark citrus. Pretty OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Can thanks to Colin. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is fish, roasty, pine, orange peel, potpourri, pine, varnish, sherbet and parma violets. The taste is bitter, toasty, earth, plum, citrus peel, mild acidity, ash, decent bitterness and caramel with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Good black IPA by all accords.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (744) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2014
355ml can. Black liquid with brown foam that sticks around for the duration. Aroma has malty treacle and cola notes but not overly hoppy. Taste much the same. Hop resin at the edges. Fairly thick and creamy on the tongue with moderate bitterness. Decent black IPA, just lacking some bite perhaps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (3792) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2014
33cl can @ joes. Brown colour with a small to medium, beige head. Smells hops, roasty, wood, mint, nice. Tastes chocolate, coffee, moccha, bitter, hops, grassy. Medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (13920) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Can at the small bar bristol... Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Dark dry roast malt nose... Soft chocolate... Dark malts... Big sifto creamy toffee malts...

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