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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011, Day 2. Pours opaque brown with a bubbly, tan head. Big, raw hop aroma, pine, slight roast. Medium sweet flavor, plenty of bitterness, notes of citrus and earth, dark roasted malts. Has a bit of a raw edginess to it, which I like. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sticky, resinous hop finish, some floral character, more grass and pine. Lingering pine, roast and oily hops. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14915) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2011
Entered to celebrate my 7800th Rating. Cask @ GBBF, 2011. Pours black with small bubbles on top. Pine, grapefruit and vague roast. Freshly hopped and smooth. A bit of caramel. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14655) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011, Wednesday. Black - light brown edges. Burned malt, smooth body, nice medium bitterness, licorice, grassy, piney, high malty, coffee notes, nice smokey, resin. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2013
Draft. Medium beige head with nice lacing atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate/caramel, some grapefruit, light orange. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some bittersweet chocolate, roast. Medium body, light resin. Does everything well, but for some reason the whole is less than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11981) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black with a small tan head. Fresh hoppy aroma of citrus and grass with a touch of licorice. Citrus and licorice flavour with a somewhat rough grassy hop bitterness, otherwise a very tasty beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (11784) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle shared by John. Pours black. Tan head. Nose and taste of cocoa, resin, chocolate malt and chalky ash. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
A dark black IPA with a thin brown head. In aroma, a nice pungeant malt with floral hops and light sulfur notes,. In mouth, a dark chocolate with grassy resinous hops, bitter roots, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2013
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin dark brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, herbal and pine hops. The taste is bitter resin hops, leafyness, some green notes, bitter roast and coffee with chocolate in the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown to black with a medium, frothy cream colored head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is moderate earthy and minty hops, some herbal notes, roast and chocolate malt, light burnt notes and raisins. Flavor is moderate hops and heavy bitterness, including roast malt bitterness, light background malt flavors, raisins, and a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
On tap at the Blue Dog, PA. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Chocolate, roasty, pine, and earth.

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