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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Named after a 1988 Dodge Cargo Van that was the ideal vessel for hauling gear or stargazing with babes in the back. Big Black Van is a very aromatic Black IPA due to its abundance of New Zealand hops.  75 IBU 7.5% ABV 


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1047) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Putting down some old ratings of stuff that appears gone, On tap at the brewpub several times Nov/Dec 2011. Hoppy and malty, this was a fantastic black IPA before it was a common style. Doesnt have the rye malt backend that is somewhat common to the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thechasm442 (287) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
From vague notes from last december. I remember it being black with a thinner tan head. Aroma was roasted malt and pine. Flavor was pine, toasted malts, and coffee. Thin and drinkable. Hope they brew it again, it was great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours deep brown with a small off white head. Aroma is roasty but still sweet with a litt cocoa, lightly bitter chocolate and piney hops. Flavor starts sweet cocoa quickly turning bitter roast, a bit of coffee and dark chocolate before a bitter piney finish. Medium body and crisp carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
On tap at Three Floyds over Christmas. Reviewed from notes. Pours near-black with a good tan head and a nice bit of lacing on the way down. Collar throughout. The nose carries some nice roast, coffee, and chocolate. Pine and citrus hops follow through along with that. Good flavor and a nice meld between the hops and malt. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Hops and roast combined well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Draft at 3F. Pours a deep brown black with an offwhite head. The nose is softly roasty, caramel notes and strange hops. Juicy and fruity, kind of clashing with the malt profile in the nose and taste. Lots of tropical notes and resiny. On tasting, the roast combats the hopping. Firm bitterness, balanced by some light sweetness, but the hops and roast just never really get along. Solid, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2012
On tap at 3Floyds. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Aroma is citrus, pine, and dark roast. Taste is very smooth with plenty of pine, citrus, dark roasted malt, and hop bitterness and a weird metallic-like flavor on the back end. Pretty good overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeSammy (531) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2012
DARK brown/ black, creamy head. Thick mouthfeel. Malty, choc, classic 3F hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Draft at FFF, pours black with off white head, nose is piney, grassy, and orange citrus. Flavors have orange citrus, grapefruit juice, pine with a chocolate backend. Med bodied. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
12oz pour @ Acre. Pours black with a frothy tan head and solid lacing down the glass. Aroma is pine, sweet malt, and a fragrant spice I cannot quite pin down. Smooth feel in the mouth with pine, caramel, slight roast, a bit of wood character, and some lingering bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Draft at the source. Almost black, tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of pine needles and cocoa powder. Taste is bitter pine, chocolate, coffee. Nice.


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