Emeister84 (857) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of roast, piney hops, and some dark berry fruit. Practically black with some bronze highlights, and a mostly lasting beige head. Dry with a solid balance of fruity yeasts, almost blueberry-esque, dark roasty malts, and bitter hops, a little dirty earth as well. Medium bodied.
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Merrifield location. Poured a dark, dark, dark brown color, almost pitch black, creamy off-white head. Aroma was notes of roasted malts, fruity and earthy hop notes, nice balance in aroma between malt and hop that seems to be lost with many black IPAs. Flavor was nice balanced fresh hop notes along side a decent hop character.
CH-303 (1359) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Very dark brown. Nice tan head.
Aroma: Lots of fruit, hops. Dark malt.
Taste: Nice dark malt, some hops and fruit, sweetness.
Info: Draught, 23/8-2013
jefcon (1354) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Midnight Rider, draft. Many of the Sweetwater Tavern beers suffer from a homebrew-esque instant-yeastiness and wort-y malts. This tastes more like big-batch beer, however, and after disparaging the brand, I guess I have to accept that I like this offering. Deft hand with the malts, not smoky or overpowering, plenty of hopping and a grassy, pastoral finish that turns rustic with the chocolate of the malt.
nimbleprop (4536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Listed as Midnight Rider Black IPA. 4oz pour at the Lupulin Reunuless at RFD DC. Pours an opaque black with a creamy beige head. Aroma is very approachable, fruity, hoppy, pepper, limes, oranges. Flavor is light, hops, pine, lightly sweet, some caramel. Medium bodied, lightly sweet finish. Flavor is restrained but still drinkable.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Brickskeller on December 9, 2010.
Pours near black with a low tan head and a collar with a bunch of big bubbles floating around. The nose brings some pine and citrus notes along with some light roast. Everything blends together quite well and fits the style without just being an IPA that happens to be black.
The taste is quite a bit lighter, though the 85 IBUs can be felt along with some nice resiny hops and a bit of roast. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice dry finish. This was a pretty solid brew and from the way it was talked about on stage, I assume this will be brewed again.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-10-2010