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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1782) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Love me some Smutty. Very nice standard black IPA. This doesnít have any real chocolate or roast which makes it nice. Dark malts and high hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle. Iím not mucha fan of this style in general, and although this is a better example of the "style," this doesnít change that. Another baseline porter, rich with some ashy chocolate, augmented by a little American hoppy kick. I donít love the blend, but again this one is among the better Iíve tried. (#5256, 9/18/2013)

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cousin_Larry (284) - - AUG 31, 2013
Not bad. Really not too noteworthy so the character minimum on the comments is really working against me here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (802) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Black color with a nice frothy tan head. Strong floral hops smell. Mild bitter hops flavor with a smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (353) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep dark brown, but not quite black, with a good light brown head. Aroma is full of toasty burnt malts with a hint of piney citrusy hops. Flavor is mostly burnt malt bitterness with a light hop bitterness mixed in. Light to medium in palate with a lingering burnt bitterness in the finish. Good beer, but a little heavier on the burnt malts. I would like to see a little more hops shine through, although this beer could easily have just been sitting on the shelf for a bit too long.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Medium size, khaki colored head atop a dark brown body left good lacing. Toasted malt aroma with hints of tobacco and resin. Woodsy, smoky taste offset by the pine and citrus flavors of the hops. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish and bittersweet aftertaste. Does a good job of balancing the dark malts and hoppiness emblematic of this style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (2162) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle, BBOTM club. Black with tan head, chocolate, nuts and raisins aroma, hoppy bitterness - pine and some exotic fruit. Dry, full-bodied, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16 (1192) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and citrus with a roast character. Flavor is dry, semi-sweet with a strong bitter finish. Somewhat thin, highly carbonated. Good, potently flavored brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7699) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle and draft at Caponeís. Pours hazy deep blackish with clingy tan head. Nose is very piney hoppy, with black patent malt, cacao. Tastes resiny hoppy, with notes of roasty black malt, cacao, and a roasty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Black colored beer - tan head. Hoppy, piney aroma covered slightly by roasted malts. Bitter yet sweet taste - loads of hops, easy drinking. Almost felt like a regular IPA. Pretty good stuff


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