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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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It’s a shame when good barley goes bad. This spring, the combined effect of double digit sustained winds and concentrated rainfall created major stress on the normal course of our barley maturation — our crop went down for the count. Instead of crying in our beer—or lack thereof—we decided to do one better and make something new. Featuring organic malts and our estate-grown wet hops, this black IPA is the evil twin of our legendary Estate Ale. Black in color with a mild roasty flavor and moderate body, this beer has a bold citrusy and earthy hop flavor and aroma from the use of our own wet hops. We’d never let one bad harvest get in the way of a great beer, so join us in a toast to the memory of our devastating season.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (530) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Pours a blackish brown, with tan head. Aroma of roasted hops and malts. Taste is well balanced and complex, moderately hoppy. Thumbs up on this interesting and unique brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1519) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Dark in color - not quite black, but pretty dark - with dark red hues where light manages to escape, it’s not that good looking until you gaze upon its full, billowy light brown head. The head slowly, but eventually, settles to a very dense, stout-like thick layer, and the lacing is actually so thick that it’s frothy. The nose is dominated by roasted malts, scented wicker baskets, and a touch of burnt caramel if you inhale deeply enough. You can tell that there’s a hop presence in the nose, but it’s hard to pick apart the bouquet. The mouthfeel is a little confusing. It’s thin-bodied, but creamy at the same time. Burnt caramel introduces you to a harsh sweetness up front, followed immediately by what tastes like a conflicted combination of citrus hops and heavy roasted mats. The whole experience ends in a charred malt bitterness and a nearly resinous hop bitterness. Too much bitterness, and too empty on the palate. I doubt that leaving this in the bottle for none months could be responsible for such a disappointing experience, but you never know. Still, it’s pretty drinkable. I mean, I’ll drink the entire 25 ounces without any(more) complains.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2285) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Yoav. Clear dark red-brown with a frothy dark white head. Roasty, a little wooden aroma, dry, bitter, woody and rusty taste. Medium-bodied, roasty finish. Good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (815) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Brown chestnut color, nice off-white head with good lacing. Aroma of caramel and hop. Caramel , tropical fruits and hoppy bitterness in taste. Full body , low carbonation. Strong bitterness in very long aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1339) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2014
Pours caramel brown with a low tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, citrus notes, some tropical fruit, brown sugar. Taste is slight milk chocolate, dark red berries, citrus, roasted nuts. Mouthfeel is medium dry with medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Yoav. Pours brown to orange with a huge beige head, aroma of chocolate, some hops and orange, flavor of chocolate, some peaty notes, orange, tangerine and bitterness, medium bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (5731) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Yoav. Clear dark amber-brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of piney hops, roast and chocolate. Bittersweet flavor, roasty and hoppy, with a big of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and a bitter finish with piney notes. Medium-bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Rating. #500! A worthy beer for it. 24 oz bottle poured into my ipa glass. Pours a dark cola color with a thick fluffy light tan head that leaves awesome lacing. Smells off roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, caramel and pine. Tastes of the same things. Mouthfeel is thin, oily, and water with light carbonation and a semi dry finish. Had to try this. Who knows if they?ll brew it again. Very well balanced black ipa. Looks beautiful in the glass. Worth a try if you can still find it anywhere.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (908) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Pours a clear, dark ruby-amber with a light tannish-taupe head. Dark roasted, nearly smoky nose with a grassy hop character. Smooth, slick, wet texture. Sweet up front. Some ripe fruit. Smokiness galore. Very drinkable.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coltonhudy (15) - - MAY 9, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2014 Dark espresso head and body when poured the taste is strong and intense but balanced and flavorful with notes of coffee,chocolate,cocoa,cacao,oak,hops, with a slightly sweet piny finish this is an epic black ipa.


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