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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6176) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. So I’ll caveat this with two complaints right up front ... 1) Hey, brewers/bottlers ... the wax seal can be a cool touch a guess, but do we REALLY need to bury the cap in 1/4" of candle? It took me 20 minutes to open this thing. If your caps aren’t tight enough, get a new cap. 2) I’m still not a fan of "black IPA" as a new "style" ... But ... in the end. This stuff is really good. If you gotta blend some classic styles to create a new one, this is finally the answer for me. Interesting visuals of midnight-blackness and poofy, airy American IPA foam. The aroma is an intriguing mix of both hops and stout-like goodness. Can’t complain. Even better when we’re talking about the drink ... sweet, dank, hoppy and earthy with a hint of java and roast. Bit thin in the end, but other than my opening complaints, that’s about the worse thing I can say. (#5461, 3/14/2014)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4019) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Clear dark amber pour with windblown sand khaki head. Toasted caramel and citrusy hop blend. But everything seems kinda mellow and muddled. A little overly bitter on the tail for my personal taste. Wouldn’t need to have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (4698) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
bottle. Black with two finger head. Big rich malt base with the big hops you’d expect from Sierra Nevada. Both citrus and pine dominate. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (880) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Beautiful deep mahogany with a light tan head. Great charred malt and chocolate aromas. Dark and bittersweet chocolate flavors swirl around with a lightly charred campfire wood in the background. There’s a beautiful creaminess to the body that’s often lacking in black ales. Piney, earthy hops pop up to balance the sweetness and provide a satisfying bitterness that aerates the entire flavor. Leaves a lasting bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee essence behind. Instead of throwing in the towel, SN came out swinging and scored a sweet victory against a natural disaster. I’d love to see them make this again with their own barley!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jhackmeister (13) - Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle pour. A deviation from one of my favorite SN releases of the year, this black IPA brings the best of style forward. The deep roasted malts bring french roast coffee to the aroma and Sierra Nevada’s expertise is shown with the hop notes. The palate is a great balance of toasted malt and hop bitterness. Notes of grapefruit and pine intermingle with unsweetened chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (17211) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle shared at the Scopey 5K tasting. Thanks to Kenny for this CDA. Pours clear brown with a frothy, tan head. The nose is dry, toasted brown bread, dirt, dry chocolate. Light-medium sweet flavor with notes of bitter earth, burnt pine and baking cocoa. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and lightly creamy texture. Bitter burnt pine to finish with further earth, dusty cocoa and charred malts. OK. Perhaps a touch faded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (20755) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
15th February 2014
Scopey 5K Tasting in deepest Croydonia. Opaque dark brown - black beer, good pale tan head. Creamy dark malt, semi dry. Whisper of roast and dark malt bitterness. Mild piney hops and subtle fruits, well buried. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Big thanks to Leighton. Pours clearish dark brown with a lace forward tan head. Dark chocolate and pepper envelope the nose with a hint of liquorice, pine, grapefruit and a small amount of smoke. Taste is very balanced between roasted coffee and sweet milky chocolate, quite grassy and a little doughy. Some nice bright orange behind it all. Moderate bitterness, a touch sweet, solid balance to this. Nice one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bomber. Dark brown with a medium beige head. Very malty and almost floral. Has a very nice balance but I tend to flavor more citrusy black ipas.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours with a definitely more brown than black hued body, clear, a shade lighter than cola, large and retentive off-white head. Great lace. Aromas are of earthy hops, lots of malt, nutty, toffee, brown bread, medium roast, resiny and lightly citrusy, grassy hops. Medium low esters. Flavors are medium bitter, somewhat sweet, toasty and nutty malt character with some roast. Pretty full bodied. Some minerality. Bitter balanced. Hoppy porter. Lightly leathery, fuller carbonation, a bit warming.

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