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RATINGS: 190   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2982) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Dearer pious at cheesies with my friend Nate. Black pour with crey off white head. S'mores and biscuits. Malts. Choclate. Complex beer and delicious. Love it

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31625) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
From cask. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty, mild smoked and dark chocolate. Bitter, dark to hard roasted and dense malty. Bitter and dry roasted finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20821) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2011
Cask@GBBF2011. Deep brown, close to black, colour with a minor head. Aroma is liquorice, some mild roasted notes as well as caramel. Flavour is liquorice, chocolate, some dark fruityness, syrup, wood and mild earthy and floral hops. Balanced and quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6246) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Draft. Pours deep brown with a thin beige head. Light roasty aroma with floral hops and some lighter piney notes. The flavor is well balanced, with a roasted malty base, and grassy and resinous hoppy notes. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2011

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2011, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England.

Unclear dark black brown colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass, pine, grapefruit, sharp. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, licorice, dark malt, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110803]

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15782) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2011
3rd August 2011
GBBF. Cask. Opaque black beer, residual tan head. Light dry palate. Nice mild malt backbone. Pokey green piney hops. Super fresh hop nettley sting - grassy and pretty bitter. Real fresh hop attack. Dry finish. Nice Black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a large, tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, light chocolate and pine/citrus hops. Pine and citrus hop flavors nicely blended with roasted malt and chocolate. Similar finish with a nice, lasting hop bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (971) - Vermont, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Been wanting to try. Finally get a chance to; alright! Purchased from Top Shelf Brews, Hampton. Single 12 FL. OZ. bottle. To cognac snifter it pours a brown liquorice blackish with a trim off-khaki head, one fingernail in length. Smells of hops, roast, earth, wood varnish, mugwort, leather, and mint. Tastes the same. Very smooth, delicate, and drinkable. Good Black IPA. I’ll have to buy more.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4125) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 2, 2013
12 ounce thanks to Bob. Hoppy. Black pour. Chocolate and roast throughout. Well balanced. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
Dégustée en fût au Farmhouse Tap & Grill à Burlington, VT. De couleur brune très foncée et opaque. Nez de malt rôti, de houblon floral, moyennement citrique et fruité (agrumes) avec des notes herbeuses et résineuses, léger de chocolat avec des notes de café. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse. Goût moyennement amer de houblon floral, légèrement citrique et aux notes fruitées (agrumes et zeste - une amertume présente toute la gorgée) avec des notes de pain grillé lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt rôti avec des notes de chocolat noir puis en finale l’amertume de houblon prend une tournure plus herbeuse et asséchante avec des notes résineuses et également quelques notes de café sont présentes. Post-goût long et plutôt sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux, légèrement floral et citrique avec un léger goût rôti ainsi qu’avec des notes fruitées (zeste d’agrumes). (3 avril 2013)


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