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RATINGS: 195   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
closey22 (1027) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Dark brown with ruby hilites and lasting lacy beige head; aroma is sweet chocolaty roasty some hoppiness; Flava is grainy slightly roasty and hoppy; feels light; finishes dry hoppy bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee (1315) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Black with a thick white head, looks like a stout. Roasty bitterness, and hop bitterness. Some herbal notes from the hop. Drinks very easily. Extremely tasty. Nice. But unless youíre putting food colouring into a normal IPA thereís still no doubt that this is a hoppy beer using porter/stout malt bill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8262) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and their very dark chocolate allusions are met by coniferous hops every inch of the way, moving into a lengthy bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the darkness.
-The spiciness of roasted black sesame is hallucinated.
-Malts also develop coffee angles.
-There is some fruitiness on the edges.
-This is a very flavorful Black IPA and a nice testament to Greg Noonanís amiability and character.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8240) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle (courtesy of jtclockwork). Chocolate malt and orange peel aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet cocoa malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Body a bit light. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3303) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 27, 2014
bottle-purchased at total wine in springfield, va March 2014 Pours almost pitch black with a small lite tan head and sparse lacing. nose is huge roast, burnt notes with a nice note of piney hops. flavors of deep char, smoke, dark chocolate but just lots of burnt notes and piney hops. this is how i want my black ipaís big and robust! lots of char and piney hops on the finish. this is a very solid black ipa here! i dig this alot. body is slick with medium carbonation. solid black ipa if you ask me! maybe since they make an awesome porter and a soild ipa, this came out as good as it did.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
njnut (299) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Poured at tasting a dark brown with tan head. I was hit first in the aroma with roasted malts, then a little citrus and pine resins. The taste changed often for me being roasted malty at the start of sip to a nice darker more chocolate to a hoppy citrus. The finish was of pine resin. This was a lighter taste profile beer that had a stouts viscous quality. Solid, Light and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrinkinWell (308) - - MAR 24, 2014
Pours dark black with caramel colored head and thick lacing. Roasted, bready aromas. Hoppy bitterness with notes of oak, coffee, roasted malts. Not as great as others seem to suggest. Itís ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5831) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Tallahasse, Fl. - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Viscous, tar black pour, bubbly mocha colored head, sticky lace. Eggy aroma, some roasted notes. Chocolate, creosote, some roastiness in the flavor, some light citrsu bitterness come through in the finish. More malty than bitter. Thick Mouthfeel. Overall, a solid Black IPA..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4505) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1621) - 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.

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