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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
574deadzone (889) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Big thanks to a good buddy for scoring this for me. Pours completely black with a slowly forming toffee-mocha head that settles slowly leaving some soapy lace behind. Nose of deep dark chocolate, pine forest, resin, tropical fruit, very light roasted malt notes, maybe some molasses. Taste is initially pretty sweet but then quite bitter. Heavier bodied, full, slick, oily, viscous, creamy, bright with hoppiness, softer on the carb, with a very long hoppy and chocolaty bitter finish. This, to me, is the perfect Black IPA. The hops and malts mesh perfectly, and I love the combination of the dark chocolate flavors with the hoppy bitterness. Amazing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2013
12oz bottle, huge thanks to umich03jm for hooking me up with my favorite style from one of my favorite breweries. Black, though not totally opaque color. Thin brown head, leaves good lace. Nose of earthy hops, roasted malts, and hints of chocolate. Nice coffee flavor up front, with big earthy hop character. Light spicy hop. Bitter taste, light hop burn in the finish, even. Wow. Great long hoppy earthy roasty aftertaste. Hint of grapefruit or some kind of fruity hop in here. Awesome amount of coffee, and bitter dark chocolate, and also an awesome amount of earthy piney citrusy spicy hop (in that order). Bigger body. Lighter, smooth carbonation, dry finish. Super-long roasty / hoppy aftertaste that Iím blessed with savoring. Big bitter taste, light spicy from the hops, minimal if any sweetness. Alcohol is not noticeable at all amidst the intense flavor. And yet despite that intensity, this is also intensely drinkable. Itís ... dangerously tasty. The lingering aftertaste keeps me reaching for it, a continual reminder of how good it is. This beer, I love it. It makes me happy. Itís exactly what Iím looking for in a black IPA. Best one Iíve had since Wookey Jack. Wow

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (1579) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 Bottle snagged from the brewery. Pours a near pitch black color with a small frothy head that lingers a bit. Very nice aroma of light roasted coffee, dark chocolate, pine, and flowers. Taste is a great balance of the aromas. Coffee, bitter dark chocolate and pine all present throughout. Finish is smooth, creamy, and bitter. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Really nice black DIPA. Re-rate 3/14/13 - Had this a few more times and like it even better. This has to be the best Black IPA Iíve had. All the flavors just blend together nicely, nothing dominates here. Itís really a thick stout with a focus on fresh hops. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and oily too. Great stuff, I shouldíve bought a case of this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rforhan127 (2) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013 does not count
Wow. This is just a great beer, a lot of hops in the aroma, flavor is very balanced between hops and malt. I may be a little biased because I love black ipaís but Shortís really did a great job on this one. One of the best beers Iíve had in awhile, very drinkable

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BodaciousB (2) - - MAR 8, 2013 does not count
An amazing beer. Just a huge mouthfull. Not much hops, but a little at the end give it a very nice finishing touch. Canít remember the smell.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fattybladdy (449) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours thick and black w/ tan head. Taste of bitter coffee, sweet chocoalte, fresh hops, bitter aftertaste. Tasty brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikem409 (1462) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2013
bottle. pours jet black with massive tan mahogany head. big roasted chocolate hop. taste is massive grassy hops with underlying chocolate and toffee damn fine beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (527) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
From bottle, pours black with tan head. Grapefruit mixed with milk chocolate, very unique nose. Medium body, starts out sweet and then balances out with hop bitterness and fruity notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
bottle. poured black wit a tan head very little lacing. aroma chocolate, caramel, citrus, ,floral, grassy. flavor hops, bitter sweet chocolate, hints of coffee, grapefruit, nice bitterness. good beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle - thanks Folty! Wow, this is dynamite! Super dark and pretty dense pour with a frothy head. Lots of sharp citrus hop with a nice roasty backbone. Stellar.


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