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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16546) - , 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14167) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle. Took staff half an hour to get the damn plastic off. Very dark maroon brown, fluffy beige head. Aroma of light pine, cocoa. Taste is bright pine, bitter coffee. OK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (12611) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12000) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
On tap @ GABF. Just about black in color with a khaki head. Toffee, coffee, and roasted malt nose. Earthy and floral hops, bitter chocolate, and bitter citrus. Decent pine character. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some toffee sweetness. Lots of pine, roast, and earthy bitterness. Hints of citrus peel and floral hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11820) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2013
75cl bottle. Large beige head atop crystal clear dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, chocolate, light toast, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, some pine. Soft light-medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11795) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Waxed bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark copper, almost brown, with a large frothy light tan head. Aroma is earthy chocolate. Med + body. Flavor is smooth dark malt, dark chocolate, earthy, with citrus sort of coming in after all that. Extremely good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11355) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Poured black color with an average to large frothy tan head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted chocolate malt & earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (10571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, big thanks to the CDA finder general, Leighton - 15/02/14. Dark mahogony brown with a light tan covering. Nose is cocoa, biscuit crumble, dark malts, lighy pine, muted tropical fruit tones, earthy hops. Taste comprises light roast, earthy hops, pine twang, dark berry fruits, cocoa powder. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Adequate CDA but a good few draws from the top of the cabinet !

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9619) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a clear reddish brown appearance with a brown head. A lot of chocolate and toasted/caramelized malt in the nose along with some coffee and earthy/spicy hoppy notes. Somewhat doughy, cookie malty flavor. A fair amount of chalky cocoa, earth, and a bit of flowers. Finishes pretty dry and kind of chalky. Doesn’t blow my mind but a pretty solid release.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9433) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Draft at Sedona Charlottesville Pours a clear copper color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of earthy hops, big chocolate notes and roasted malts. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, mild herbal and citrus hops. Medium bodied.


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