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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3257) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
This is along the lines of a big, hoppy porter. It pours a nice deep garnet brown w/ an off-white and long lasting head of mixed, foamy bubbles. This is definitely a hop forward brew but there are definitely some roasted grain notes lurking in there amidst the piny hops. It is quite dry and a touch of bitterness helps bring out some coffee notes from the grain used. A bit of astringency lingers on the tongue to finish along w/ a slight ashy note. This will definitely satisfy those who like dark, hoppy brews.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3215) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Roasted malt and pine aromas. Roasted malt and pine flavors with some bitter dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness. Medium body.with average carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3191) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
12oz bottle from Luckyís Market on N. High. Near black pour with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma is spicy, herbal, chocolate, citrus. Tastes are burnt, cocoa, coffee, oak, background ashy. Bitter, herbal finish. On the malty side overall. Well built for sure - donít know if Iíd seek it out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2013
12oz Bottle, purchased at Yankee Spirits - S. Attleboro, MA. Chalky chocolate nose, edge in cedar and dark toast. Creamy, fresh dark malts up front, a passing thought of kiwi, and a graceful closing in grassy, earthy hops. Oddly middling for Smuttynose. The hops crank up a bit in the finish, adding some grapefruit pith and tea. Otherwise, reasonably soft. Well made, for sure, but perhaps not the most exciting recipe.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3161) - Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass; best before 7/23/2014, 6.2%. Pours moderately murky nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice malt driven black IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3092) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle courtesy of AirForceHops. Sweet chocolate and roasty malt, subtle piney hops aroma. Dark brown with a huge tan head, some light flocculation. Chocolate malt, roasty/ashy., and herbal piney hops flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (3053) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle shared in the GTMW ticket line - Pours black with a thin tan pour. Nose is ashy dry malt. The hops arenít that pungent--a little herbal and grassy. Taste is dry, ashy malt, a bit of burned wood, and a bitter, roasty finish. Thin and watery, both in body and taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (3049) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle, BBOTM club. Black with tan head, chocolate, nuts and raisins aroma, hoppy bitterness - pine and some exotic fruit. Dry, full-bodied, bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2997) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Cola brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate,roasted malt, and hops.Lots of chocolate flavor with roasted malt, pine, and a bot of hop bitterness. Decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2968) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Draft. Pours very dark brown with a very thin off white head. Tastes like cola, mint, cream, some coffee bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Smells like funk, flour, biscuits, and hops.


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