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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5557) - 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 íem! 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 itís 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5479) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2013
12oz bottle via a 6pack from Spirits Crossroads. Poured a medium density dark black body with a large foamy beige head. Aroma is roasty with burnt toast, citrus rind, chocolate, cold coffee beans and orange slices. Fuller bodied with average to strong carbonation and a harsh bitterness on the end. Favor isnít so great. More like a hopped up porter or perhaps even a quality Black and Tan. Mostly burnt toast, burnt malts, some citrus rind. Love black IPAs so was hopping for a bit more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5457) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5262) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2013
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of darker and lightly roasted malts plus a decent amount of citrusy and floral hops. Flavor the same, with a decent blend between the dark malts and strong hops. Average texture. A decent beer.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5261) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
When I first got this draft I was thinking it was more like a spicy beer in aroma and flavor. Then as I realized it was supposed tot be a black ipa, I did start to notice some hop backbone in there. Definitely a darker beer but it has some more mild spiced attributes about it aura.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5208) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Half Pint, NYC tap: Pours black with a greyish, creamy head. Aroma is lemon, coffee, chocolate, and hints of pine. Taste is prototypically that of a Black IPA. Seamless convergence of the citrus and chocolate that leaves a somewhat discordant, but pleasant aftertaste. Definitely has a somewhat herbal character at that point. Well put together.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyvšskylš, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bright AIPA aroma mixed with doughy and roast notes - some cocoa, some blackstrap, some dark fruitiness. A viscous-looking pour, big clingy khaki head. Standard longneck, fair label. Assertively acidic, grassy tones over roast. Buffered cocoa. Long coffee-pine finish that lays bitter on the top of the tongue. A buffered/chalky mouthfeel at first that trims the points off a bristling carbonation and bittering. Black IPAís arenít my bag, but this was probably more enjoyable than most. New Leaf Market.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4956) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Tap. Pours dark brown with creamy beige head; great lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy malts, chocolate notes, figs, and faint toffee. Flavor is roast malts, cocoa bitterness, earthy notes, and dried dark fruit; dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4835) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2014
12 oz.bb 08/05/14. Opaque with a lasting thin creamy film on top. Delicious aroma is a blend of caramel, orange, resin, espresso and chocolate. Taste is resin, citrus zest, caramel coffee and unsweetened chocolate. The medium body is velvety smooth with low carbonation and an excellent balance.


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