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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Black IPA doesnít quite seem to make sense, does it? How can something thatís black also be described as pale? Noonan is our interpretation of a New England original, the Black IPA. Dark like a porter, but hoppy like an IPA, this seemingly contradictory beer style originated in 1994, in Burlington, Vermont by brewer Glenn Walters and under the watchful eye of Greg Noonan. Greg was many things, a brewing pioneer and author, founder of three brewpubs, 2005 Russell Scherer award winner and genealogist. When Greg passed away suddenly, Smuttynoseís brewing team wanted to brew a beer in his memory and this was the result. We hope you find it a worthy tribute as well. Noonan (the beer) looks like an ordinary porter or stout, until you get the pint up to your nose. You canít avoid the big whiff of piney, herbal and citrusy American hops, but thereís virtually no roasted character. Ponderous, huh? When you take a sip, youíll notice that the beer doesnít taste a lot like a porter either. Instead of the expected astringency imparted by dark grains, youíll find a depth of caramel malts and more American hops. Donít worry thatís by design; itís also what we love about the beer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4175) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bright AIPA aroma mixed with doughy and roast notes - some cocoa, some blackstrap, some dark fruitiness. A viscous-looking pour, big clingy khaki head. Standard longneck, fair label. Assertively acidic, grassy tones over roast. Buffered cocoa. Long coffee-pine finish that lays bitter on the top of the tongue. A buffered/chalky mouthfeel at first that trims the points off a bristling carbonation and bittering. Black IPAís arenít my bag, but this was probably more enjoyable than most. New Leaf Market.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma: Moderate pine meets a respectable dark chocolate/roasted malt backbone; a little citrus creeps in under the radar. Appearance: Unfiltered jet black with a big, billowy mocha head that settles into a rocky cap. Flavor: Piney/slight citrus hops pave the way for a mid-palate that yields a bit more to chocolate/light roast; the pine re-establishes itís dominance toward the finish; leaving a lingering bitterness. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Put me on the boat with those who donít dig this style overall, but this is a good representation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
This is along the lines of a big, hoppy porter. It pours a nice deep garnet brown w/ an off-white and long lasting head of mixed, foamy bubbles. This is definitely a hop forward brew but there are definitely some roasted grain notes lurking in there amidst the piny hops. It is quite dry and a touch of bitterness helps bring out some coffee notes from the grain used. A bit of astringency lingers on the tongue to finish along w/ a slight ashy note. This will definitely satisfy those who like dark, hoppy brews.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2422) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a black/brown color, with a frothy tan layer of head foam that expeditiously diminished to a ring & film, and left some etched-like lacing on the glass. The nose was roasted, with more malt, and chocolate expression than hop. The flavor continued an average roasted presence, and offered a lingering, earthy hop bitterness, that was somewhat citrusy, but more resin & grass. Still a decent & drinkable, Black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2014
On tap at World of Beer Easton on 3/11/14. Clear dark brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt and chocolate along with piney and grassy hops. Flavor starts with piney hops, then moves to a bit of citrus before a chocolate malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
osu97gp (649) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours dark brown/black with a long lasting tan head. Aroma of light roasted malt and citrus hops. Flavor of roasted malts, floral and citrus hops, chocolate with quite a bit of bitterness at the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of citrus hops, caramel and slight chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is strong up front of the chocolate and roasted malts. Has a decent, bitter finish as well from the citrus hops.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 14, 2014
Black IPAs - all the wonderful flavors typical of porters and stouts, all the hoppy goodness of IPAs. Apparently this is a limited release made in honor of the inventor of this fantastic amalgamation. Awesome, but now I feel a little like Iíve wasted this beer because it was my second of the evening and maybe I wasnít "properly" paying attention while drinking it. On the other hand, what is better than enjoying an engaging conversation with a friend while drinking a delicious beer, and not vice versa?

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flyandrew661 (6) - USA - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
Nothing overwhelming or forward with flavor. Very balanced could definitely have mre hops. Nice bitterness easy to drink. Great flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
[5312-20130429] Tap. Roasted orange rind malt aroma. Clear, red-hued black body with a huge long-lasting creamy tan head. Mild grainy citrus grain flavour has an underlying cardboard bitter grains. Medium body. Interesting to sample. (8/4/7-/3/14) 3.6
(@ The Farmhouse, Burlington, VT)


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