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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Black IPA doesn’t quite seem to make sense, does it? How can something that’s 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, Smuttynose’s 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 can’t avoid the big whiff of piney, herbal and citrusy American hops, but there’s virtually no roasted character. Ponderous, huh? When you take a sip, you’ll notice that the beer doesn’t taste a lot like a porter either. Instead of the expected astringency imparted by dark grains, you’ll find a depth of caramel malts and more American hops. Don’t worry that’s by design; it’s also what we love about the beer.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Best before August 4, 2014.
Appearance: The body is pitch black with small tan sediment chunks at the bottom. The head is tall, dense and very firm with a khaki hue.
Aroma: The aroma has mild pine and roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Decent balance and a nice aroma profile but I find it to be weak.
Taste: The flavor is just mute through the taste until the mid/end. There’s literally nothing on the intro that I pick up. Even by the mid there’s not much that stands out. Hints of malty sweetness, some roast, some pine. Overall very very tame. Not bad, but tame. Hints of burnt malts linger.
Palate: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I wish that this were bolder. This is a great beer to put a few back, but it doesn’t excite much when dissected.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3401) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Pours black with a thick tan head. Cholate, tobacco aroma...resin. Ashy, resiny bitter...burnt coffee malt. Earthy, creamy.... Very solid.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Handypaul (185) - - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy to frothy beige head that thins quickly leaving a fine ring and excellent lace. Nose of pine, floral and sweet citrus. Lightly sweet and medium bitter taste with a light body, thin chewy texture, average carbonation and a short bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4702) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle Best By 08/04/14. Nose is nice and raw, heavily burnt with plenty of tar and deep roast, some ash, just the way I likes ’em! Some mild grapefruit and citric hops, some Black Sun Stout comparables. Pours dark mahogany (no, not black) with a dense, rocky tan head. Taste medium-strongly bitter but more importantly extremely dry, with little bits of ash and tobacco and tar and mild chocolate and resin entering and leaving, but it’s bone dry and nearly astringent all the way through the aftertaste. Piny, woody hops with faint citrus but still remain somewhat bright. Medium body but the intensity of roast makes it seem fuller. Clean and very well made, alcohol mostly concealed, and a great example of what attention to a unified plan can deliver, instead of kitchen-sinking piles of leftover ingredients.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
12oz bottle from Crossroads Spirits. Pours black with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, and pine. Taste of roasted malt, burnt toast, pine, and an aftertaste of toffee. Solid beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Decent black ipa, smooth with cocoa notes, dark brown pour, medium to low bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (564) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Black pour, full creamy head the color of coffee heavy with milk. Aroma is roasted malt and grassy hops. Slight tangerine. Flavor is surprisingly light up front. Not much sweetness at all. Everything is backloaded into roasted malt and hop bitterness. Grassy resins hops provide strong bitter foundation. Malt is there but lacking in depth a bit. A little astringent at times. Some cream and peanut butter. Palate is smooth and creamy. I always find this to be a weird style that is rare to pull off gracefully. This one is pretty decent but displays the problems frequently found in the style. Hops and dark malts often clash. Still enjoyable, though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (984) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Pours black with brown edges and a fair khaki-mocha head that settles to a thicker ring and leaves some soapy, splotchy lace. Nose involves some mild coffee roast notes, some refreshing pine, dark chocolate, hints of herbs and mint, some tropical fruit lurking underneath. Fairly sweet, plenty bitter. Medium bodied, oily and slick, fair carb, with a lengthy hoppy and roasted bitter finish. Very tasty, lots to like all around. Not earth shattering, but well executed. Will satisfy anyone’s hankering for a Cascadian/Escondidan/Green Mountain Dark Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12oz. Bottle purchased at Top Shelf Brews. The color is black with some lasting head retention. The nose is chocolate malts and hints of pine. The flavor is actually really nice. Hints of citrus hops upfront following a base of chocolate malts and caramel with light pine and more citrus hops coming through in the finish. Texture is lightly sticky and lightly syrup in nature. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1127) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 27, 2014
A well balanced BIPA if tending to be a little more on the roasted side instead of the citrus/pine side. Poured almost like a black lager into the glass, small white head almost no retention. Roasted coffee and nutty aroma, pine and citrus take a backseat. Flavor is the same, nice finish.


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