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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6037) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
5/30/13. 12oz bottle from Grassroots Natural Market. Deep brown, not quite black, pour with a small khaki head. Light pine and citrus swim on top of caramel and roasted malts. Pine and citrus in the flavor as well, light bitterness balanced well with roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of acidity. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
In short: A pleasant chocolaty and herbal/piney hoppy dark ale. Good beer.
How: Tap at Black Back Pub, Waterbury VT
The look: Near black body topped by a small dark beige head
In long: The hoppy nose is very herbal with some floral and piney notes as well as some roast. Taste is round and chocolaty (chocolate cake senation), some molasses, tree bark. Plenty of hops here, herbal and piney hops, juicy and slightly resinous. Feels generously dry hopped. Bitterness of medium intensity. Full body with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good Black IPA, maybe a bit too on the herbal side for me but very enjoyable nonetheless. Another New-England beer that is a tribute to the late Greg Noonan. When I die no commercial product will be named after me, however my death will probably lead to the addition of a warning label on a common household product, like “Warning: Not for human consumption” on tv remotes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Draft at blue monk. Dark pour, light fan head, good lacing. Big roasted malt aroma. More about the black than the IPA. Bitterness shines towards finish. Nice mouthfeel. Good beer

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5811) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Dark brown to black color with a frothy beige head. Nice aroma of roastiness and hops, citric and piney. Bitterish roasty flavor with faint sweetness, a hint of coffee and nice bitter piney hops with some grapefruit notes. Medium-bodied. Quite good.

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)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5761) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquor (Westborough, MA) au coût de 1,80$. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de pin. Apaprence: La couleur est noire avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées et de pin avec une pointe chocolatée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de céréales grillées en arrière goût. (Rating #5743)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle. I’m not mucha fan of this style in general, and although this is a better example of the "style," this doesn’t change that. Another baseline porter, rich with some ashy chocolate, augmented by a little American hoppy kick. I don’t love the blend, but again this one is among the better I’ve tried. (#5256, 9/18/2013)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5542) - 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..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Ain’t had a "new" Smuttynose for a while. Gonna have one now. This one’s got a dark mahogany body, nearly completely opaque, with a real skinny little light brown head. Lots of lace, nonetheless. In the aroma, the malt is bittersweet chocolate with some ash. The hops are mainy zesty. The ash is gone from the flavor and the zesty, earthy bitterness increases as I drink further. Nice, that bitterness. The finish is very dry and has a prolonged zesty bitterness. Not too shabby.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (5435) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, with fresh and a bit rough citric & piney hops. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.


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