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Sprecher Black IPA contains seven varieties of malt balanced with a generous amount of predominately Cascade hops. This medium-bodied beer begins smoothly with roasty flavors thanks to the malts, and has a pleasantly bitter finish thanks to the hops. It is both a big beer and delicate one. Every sip will keep your palate engaged.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small beige head, cola brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, roast, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast, caramel, light burnt. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10343) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bomber from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours dark brown with a creamish beige head. Nice hoppy aroma. Resin? Some underlying burnt malt. Med minus body. Flavor seems resin to me, but the burnt malt renders that uncertain for me. Anyway, there are two sources of bitter - hops/malt - and it finishes pretty dry and quite bitter. I’m thinking this is way underrated. Maybe it should be relabeled as a hoppy stout. :)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10074) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy over toasted dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is just a good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle at CaptainCougar’s local tasting, thanks! Dark clear brown, large tan head. Aroma of charcoal. Taste is burnt toast. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours black with ruby highlights, a medium, creamy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is average malt (roast, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin and prunes. Flavor is average malt (roast, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin and prunes. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9024) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head and goodlacing. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, grapefruit, pine and light liucorice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, charcoal, grapefruit and a hint of pine with a crisp dry bitter lingering roasty finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2012
22oz bottle. Dark brown pour with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of roast, floral hops, and lighter coffee. Tastes of the same but on the thinner and somewhat watery side.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Foco. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a brown head without much retention. Weird bready, tangy, burnt, ashy, herbal, sort of spicy, unpleasant aroma. Bitter, burnt roasty, coffee, ashy/smoky, herbal, slight veggie flavor. Gross.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Bomber from Woodman’s West Madison. Pours a dark reddish brown with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter hops, apples and faint roasted malts. The taste is very bitter hops, roasted malts, a tar-like note. Medium bodied. Off-balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle: Pours a barely-transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark malty nose with some piny hoppiness. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light malty sweetness with good resiny hop bitterness before a drier lightly roasted bittersweet finish with a touch of dark chocolate. A pretty true to style and drinkable Black IPA.


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