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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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 Ė 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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2880) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2238) - USA - APR 18, 2015
Thanks to Greg. This is a nice one, and a little hard to categorize. A black IPA - schwarzbier - light stout? Itís tasty for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2015
An opaque black body with a brown head that had excellent retention and great lace. Aroma was a mix of roasted coffee malts and grapefruit hops. There was just enough pine to balance out the citrusy notes. Flavor had a dark roasted coffee flavor upfront. Grapefruit hops really complemented the coffee flavors. There was just enough pine hops too keep it from being two-dimensional. Finish was dry and was easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (4747) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle, thanks nimbleprop! Pours deep clear black, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasty, a bit burned, molasses, touch of rubber, pine sap. Flavor is light sweet, medium plus bitter, roasty and piney, pretty good balance between the two actually. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, Lots of lingering bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (6063) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2015
12oz bottle pours a murky black with some lacing, cloudy, cream colored head. Nose has some nice toasty character, a little tree bark, some pine, lemon rind, toast. Flavor is sweeter, more malt and a little molasses, the lemon character really jumped out, bitter roast, toast. Full bodied, bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 1/24/15

Aroma: Lightly roasty aroma, some fruity and sweet malts, milk chocolate, and some pine hops
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a thick froth of light brown head and heavy lacing
Flavor: Taste-wise, it is fairly balanced, with a good mix of roast, sweetness, and hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, leaning light, with a nice drinkability, and a soft, clean, light dry finish
Overall Impression: I thought this was a pretty solid, drinkable, and balanced Black IPA. It isnít the most hoppy example of the style, nor is it the best example of the style, but I found it to be pretty enjoyable. This one drinks like it is well under its actual ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4872) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Pours mahogany tinged black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes to skim surface. Dark caramel and chocolate aromas. Soft with dark chocolate and espresso upfront turning to dark pit fruit. Lasting bitter resin and dark cocoa finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (1391) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Black pour, tan head. Sharp aroma of pine, flavor is roasty, sharp, pine, notes from espresso. Honestly too intensely bitter in its roast, and Iím a bit of a hophead.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
scarletfire65 (1127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle at home. Jet black pour. Huge mocha head. Aroma is piney hops, touch of chocolate, and charred grain. Very smooth and creamy palate, albeit a bit thin. Bitter, roasty finish. More "hoppy porter" than it is "black IPA".

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (4684) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2015
12 oz bottle out of a sixer, via One Stop Market. Borderline black with ruby highlights. Aroma shows mild ashy char with a big pine needles and resin.

Mostly right on the mark for the style. Big pine hop influence with light hints of chocolate. Body is borderline thin with just a bit much in the carbonation department. One of the better offerings from this brewer but nothing Iíll go out of the way to grab again. I will not turn it down if offered.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1237) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Pours pitch black. Aroma is of your typical American IPAís. Hops, slight grass, citrus and some earthiness. Flavor is similar. Hops, grain, citrus and a slight skinned bite. Nice and heavier mouthfeel. Leaves a roasty hop finish. Good stuff.


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