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RATINGS: 199   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2013
12oz bottle: Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a clingy-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a lightly sweet dark malty nose with some light piny hop notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and malty sweetness with a good hop balance and light citrus character before a drier bittersweet finish. A little subdued for the style, but errs on the side of drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7027) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (6665) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 2, 2013
12 ounce thanks to Bob. Hoppy. Black pour. Chocolate and roast throughout. Well balanced. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (6527) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12oz. Bottle purchased at Top Shelf Brews. The color is black with some lasting head retention. The nose is chocolate malts and hints of pine. The flavor is actually really nice. Hints of citrus hops upfront following a base of chocolate malts and caramel with light pine and more citrus hops coming through in the finish. Texture is lightly sticky and lightly syrup in nature. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6253) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2014
On draft at Turner’s High Moon in Avon NC. Pours black with a tan head. Toasty nose. Flavors of dark malts with some grassy hop notes. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

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