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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A hefty Black Ale with profound malt and hop complexity. Neither Stout nor Porter, it will be its own thing – full-bodied, bold and black. Flavor characteristics of dark chocolate, mocha, molasses and dark fruits. Balanced by piney citrusy notes of Pacific Northwest hops. Full-bodied and uncommonly satisfying at 7.5% alcohol.


Reynolds314's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Interesting beer that bridges a few styles. Kind of like an earthy piney hopped porter. Some chocolate a bit of ash and earthy roastyness with a piney herbal hoppiness.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (892) - New York City, TURKEY - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with creamy beige head, crisp malt and caramel aroma, high carbonation, roasted malt, hops and caramel taste with a hint of coffee, longish end, bitter hops aftertaste. Interesting brew but not very reminiscent of IPAs.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (3965) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle shared at Kernel Brewery at Zwanze Dat 20/09/2014. Many thanks to Leighton. Viscous dark caramel coloured pour with not much of a head. Aroma is caramel, resin, citrus with a bit of melon. Flavour is compposed of caramel, some liquorice, roast and dark choc malts with piney resinous hops. Palate is low carbonation, medium ful body. Lingering tangy liquorice and bif hearty roast. Pretty ballsy

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Berard (340) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Draft. Pours black with a thin creme colored head that lingers. It's a black ipa with a funky finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (916) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Tap. Dark pour with a big mocha head that suggest a porter. Pine and grapefruit, with a hint of cirrus and herb. Medium body. Creamy carbonation with a smoky and bitter finish. Nice

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2137) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Deep black color. Foam makes it look like a stout but comes off as a black IPA right away. Good Style very nice tasting and easy drinking despite the ABV

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3555) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is pine, chocolate, herbs, some frutiness. Taste is rather bitter. Beer is kind of on the heavy side. Pretty bitter while drinking. Dark chocolate and earthiness are there in good measure. Not my favourite.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2263) - New York, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Tap at Pacigic Standard. Pours dark blackish brown with fine lacing. Nose is light pine and chocolate. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, resin, light pine, herbal, saw dust. Slight oily mouthfeel. Ok

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9930) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle split at the pre Zwanze Croydonia umpah-fest, big grats to CDA 1 (LKS), 20/09/14. Black with a big owd tan covering of frothy bubbleage. Nose is liqourice, spice, roasty tones, dark red berries, earthy hop. Taste comprises grapefruit tang, roasty licks, liqourice stick, bitter earthy hopdom, spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok CDA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
20th September 2014
Tasting at Paul and Lorna’s flat. Deepest Croydonia. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque dark brown beer, big pale tan head. Airy semi dry palate, fine carbonation. Mild dark malts, little lactose like sweetness. Very mild roast. Mild piney hops and equally mild hop spice. Airy finish. Mellow bitter linger. Pretty easy going.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7406) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle thanks L-Dogg. It pours darkest brown with a medium tan head. The nose is rich roast, pine needles, cocoa, earth, coffee and citrus peel. The taste is bitter, rich roast, dark chocolate, resin, pine needles, varnish, citrus peel, soapy and charred wood with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Decent.


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