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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Very dark in color with a frothy, big-bubbled, tan head. Sweet and sugary nose. Sharp, dark-grain bite along with some assertive hops. Grassy and rind-like bitterness. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Caramel/Crystal malt sweetness is more than Iíd prefer, but it wasnít bad. Overall, itís a bold and tasty black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2477) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20589) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel, liquorice and smoke. Roasted flavour of caramel, liquorice and smoke. Roasted and smoked finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2011
cask at GBBF 2011 ... Deep dark brown black ... thin tan head ... chocolate cherry roast ... dry hop nose ... sofyt cherry ... big dry hop ... wooody chocolate ... prickly body ... soft otffee hop

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16460) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2011
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2011. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy licorice aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor with hints of licorice. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4320) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinCO (1166) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2013
Fresh bottle poured into a tulip. Pours deep cola brown/not quite black with a big cream head thatís slow to fade. Aroma is the only downside to this beer. Kind of a muddled metallic thing going on with a bit of citrus and chocolate. Taste is amazing. Totally balanced big citrus, bitter, grassy hops and bittersweet chocolate, coffee and roast. Everything comes together nicely on the tongue and leave a bitter smokiness. Excellent example of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (1890) - New York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2013
Draft at pony bar NYC. Deep black cloudy color. Lots of lace on the side. Taste is a perfect balance of malt and hops. Awesome black iPa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 4/4/2013 Total Score: 3.8
Draft at pony bar NYC. Deep black cloudy color. Lots of lace on the side. Taste is a perfect balance of malt and hops. Awesome black iPa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2013
Lots of roasted grains and resiny aroma. Fluffy, sticky, persistent foam. Tons of resinous piney hops right away, followed by a wallop of dark roasted malts and a tiny bit of smoke. In typical Smutty fashion, the finish is earthy, hoppy, and slightly floral. Great tribute to the king and a pillar for the east-coast Black IPA style (screw you, "Cascadian Dark").

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3502) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a very thick tan head. Nose is a little hoppy, but not all that strong. Taste is a little bit bitter, and quite roasty. Very easy drink.


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