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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishonmyplane (453) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Very hoppy for a porter, could almost be a black IPA. Resinous hops, roasted malts, and a little smoke up front.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9054) - 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 (15309) - , 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 (7052) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11299) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle shared pre Zwanze 2014 - picked up in CT. Pours black-brown with a lively, tight tan head. Rounded dark malt nose with calm roast, dried fruits. Medium sweet flavor with strong ashy roast, burnt wood, baking cocoa, raisin, some pine oils. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, some more strong bitter ashy wood, dark fruits, burnt toast, earth. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8571) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of cocoa, roast chocolate, pine, resin, molasses, mocha and dark fruit. Bitter chocolate/pine finish. Full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (12253) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Adam of Somalia and his father, thank you gentlemen! Pure black, brownish beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of bright pone and fresh chocolate milk. Taste is roasty coffee, biter cocoa, bitter finish. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3542) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a nice reddish brown head. Aroma of malt, citrus, pine, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, and chocolate. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (1982) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle poured a black in color with a thick coating of sturdy brown head. Aroma has dark malt, chocolate, and a dose of hops. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation average. Flavor certainly has a lot of hops, dark malt, and some bitterness. More like a black barley wine.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (1679) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to Guinn at a tasting. Pours a dark brown to black. One finger of tan head. Highly hopped. An odd style hopping seems overdone. Decent beer. Too hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7909) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle shared at Craft Ale House with my good friend boxofrane. Pours hazy black with khaki head. Nose was resiny hops, dark malt, cacao. Tasted very hoppy, with a nicely balanced dark malt flavor, and a creamy, smooth finish.


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