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RATINGS: 185   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5358) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks Good; a dull cola with fluffy beige head. Smells and tastes of hops and dark malt with some roast too. Average on the palate. Solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5236) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, thick, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, citrus and pine with floral hops. Taste is roasted malt, dark coffee, pine, citrus notes, floral hops and hop resins. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation and a strong lingering hop bitterness. Finishes with more strong roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, dark coffee, pine notes, citrus fruit and floral hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (4947) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black color. Aromas of tart and flowery hops; lemon and black currant. Roasty and bitter flavor with coffee, dark chocolate and lemony hops. Sharp firm taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4856) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2014
On tap at World of Beer Easton on 3/11/14. Clear dark brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt and chocolate along with piney and grassy hops. Flavor starts with piney hops, then moves to a bit of citrus before a chocolate malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4847) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2013
16oz pour at Salty Pig in Boston. Pours a watery black with some creamy, off white head. Nose is malty, toast, caramel, light dried chocolate, hops, citrus rind, light pine. Taste is also a mix, malt, cracker, bread crust, caramel, molasses, pine, lemon, grapefruit. Dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4575) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a dark brown, almost black with some light ruby notes on the edges of the glass. Aroma is a touch of caramel, a little bit of citrus grapefruit notes. Flavor was some roasted malts, with plenty of grapefruit character. pretty refreshing for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4373) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours black into a tulip. Mocha head with little retention recedes to mottle surface. Vanilla and chocolate aromas. Dry with dark chocolate and resin front to back. Lasting dusty espresso finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4351) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
12oz bottle. Amber-black body, with a big, frothy, beige head. Crisp chocolate edged aroma, pretty nice. Respectable citrus hop tones and a hefty malt backbone to balance it out....and balanced it is. One of the more enjoyable Black IPAs I’ve had. Dry, sticky bitter aftertaste. Great chocolate, caramel, graham cracker flavors. Solid offering, would be great to go back and forth between this and their regular IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4292) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
pours very dark brown with a nice creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. cascadian chocolate, bit of sweetness and lactose, milk chocolate, bit of dark fruitiness, peppery, piney and citrusy. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, short but assertive piney-citrusy finish. very nice black ipa.


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